Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission

While most students who matriculate into ARCOM will have a bachelor’s degree or higher, at a minimum, each applicant that matriculates must have completed 90 hours or three-fourths of the required credits for a degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education to be considered for an interview. In addition, the student must complete all the required courses as established by ARCOM before matriculation.

ARCOM does not have a set minimum GPA or MCAT score as we conduct a holistic review of applicant materials taking into consideration all factors that might indicate an applicant is a fit for our mission. While competition dictates that most students will have an overall GPA > 3.5 and science GPAs > 3.4, respectively, which reflect greater opportunity for success with the curriculum and national board examinations, students with GPAs below these averages may be considered. The upper division grades in the sciences are scrutinized by the faculty in making admission decisions.

Students must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and have the official scores sent to AACOMAS. MCAT test scores are valid for three years from the test date.

The minimum required undergraduate courses for matriculation are:

DisciplineHours Required
Biological Science8 semester hours
Biochemistry3 semester hours
Inorganic Chemistry with Laboratory (8 hours of general/college chemistry will fulfill this requirement)8 semester hours
Organic Chemistry with Laboratory8 semester hours
Physics with Laboratory8 semester hours
Additional Science Electives*4 semester hours
English Composition and Literature6 semester hours

These basic requirements must be taken for credit and passed at an accredited college or university. It is strongly encouraged that applicants have a broad education background that includes behavioral science and the humanities, along with a proficiency in scientific problem solving, critical thinking and writing.

Recommended courses to prepare for the osteopathic medical curriculum include additional humanities such as literature, philosophy or theology; communication skills such as speech, debate, or drama; additional science courses such as genetics, human physiology, human anatomy, immunology, epidemiology, etc.

The applicant should demonstrate a humanistic and service oriented mentality consistent with that of ARCOM as demonstrated by action and involvement in outreach and service events.

Preference is given to students from rural and underserved environments that are more likely to advance the mission and goals of ARCOM, especially those from Arkansas and Southcentral United States.

Applicants are required to meet the Technical Standards for Admission and Continued Enrollment and must affirm that he or she meets the standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is reason for dismissal.

Applicants must submit all required paperwork per deadlines. If paperwork is not submitted as required, an offer of admission may be retracted.

Transfer Applicants

ARCOM accepts transfer applicants in rare circumstances only when students are transferring from a LCME or AOA accredited college of medicine. Transfers must be passing all subjects at the time of transfer and be in good standing with their current college of medicine.

The student must provide a written statement outlining reasons for the request for transfer to the ARCOM Dean and must be eligible for continuing or readmission at the current college of medicine. They must have a letter of recommendation from the Dean, Vice Dean or Senior Associate Deans of the prior college attended. Decisions regarding transfer are made by the Dean in consultation with the Admissions and Curriculum Committees and will be based on factors including academic record, circumstances leading to the transfer request, available space, and admission standards. Credits eligible for transfer will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee, with the Dean making final determination. All students must complete a minimum of the last two years of training at ARCOM, successfully fulfill all requirements of the ARCOM curriculum, including demonstration of competency in the philosophy and application of osteopathic principles and practice (including osteopathic manipulation), and receive the recommendation of the faculty through the Student Progress Committee for graduation.

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine transcripts will reflect the cumulative credit hours transferred from the previous medical school. Information regarding grades or class rank from the previous school will not be reflected on the ARCOM transcript. Students who transfer into Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine will not receive a class rank.

Advanced Standing (Transfer of Credit)

Credits will only be transferred from COMs accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) or schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). All students must complete at a minimum the last two years of training at ARCOM, successfully fulfill all requirements of the ARCOM curriculum, including demonstration of competency in the philosophy and application of osteopathic principles and practice, and receive the recommendation of the faculty through the Student Progress Committee for graduation.