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Educating and training compassionate osteopathic physicians.

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Our Mission

To educate and train compassionate osteopathic physicians, skilled in the science of patient-centered osteopathic medical care, dedicated to the ethical and social principles of the osteopathic profession, committed to lifelong learning, and focused on service to the underserved. This mission will be accomplished at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels through excellence in teaching, research, service, and scholarly activity.

Live & Learn

in the Natural State

Our 102,000 square-foot facility is located in Fort Smith, the second largest city in Arkansas.
Situated on 228 acres, the building features state-of-the-art technology in a scenic, natural setting.
Spend time in one of our outdoor study spaces or take a break and enjoy the natural state on one of the nearby biking and hiking trails.

The ARCOM Difference


The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine utilizes an innovative “helix” curriculum comprised of lecture, team-based, and interactive learning strategies. Courses are integrated across all biomedical science courses each semester using a systems-based approach. Each turn of the helix revisits biomedical concepts learned from the previous semester and applies this newly acquired knowledge in order to understand more complex system interactions. The majority of the courses include a team-based learning component in which the students apply their knowledge in solving case-based problem scenarios. This type of educational tool has been shown to be particularly successful in keeping students engaged in their own learning while building critical thinking skills, team interaction, and medical professionalism.

Student Success

ARCOM is focused on student success directed towards the development of competent, caring, and compassionate physicians who seek to serve the underserved. The entirety of the educational experience at ARCOM supports and encourages students to develop a pattern of individual responsibility and capacity for life-long learning and growth as competent, patient-centered, holistic osteopathic physicians.

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Admission Requirements

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Doctors that Do

ARCOM Student Doctors

ARCOM student doctors are doctors that DO! Whether it’s volunteering in the community or exploring the great state of Arkansas, our students are active and engaged.

News & Events

ARCOM ‘pipeline’ programs help connect young students to healthcare field

Student physicians and faculty members from the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education have actively worked this year to build an educational outreach program for kindergarteners through college students, or K-16.

State college gets hospital partner in South Korea

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine in Seoul, South Korea.

ACHE, ARCOM Partner With Hospital in South Korea

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education this week announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine in Seoul, Korea.

ARCOM, Jaseng Hospital in Korea team up for international learning opportunities

The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine is going global. It announced Tuesday a partnership with Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine.

Faculty Spotlight: Shannon Kispert, PhD

I was thrilled to hear about the development of ARCOM and it came at a perfect time in my career. It is exciting to be a part of something new and to align the growth of your career with the growth of a new institution.

OMED ’19 Recap

Students, faculty, and administration recently returned from OMED ’19. OMED is an annual conference known as the world’s largest gathering of osteopathic physicians. This year’s conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland.

We Are the River Valley: ARCOM Medical College

“This is just the beginning of fulfilling the ACHE mission and the dream of changing health care as we know it,” said ACHE Board Chairman David Craig.

ARCOM uses simulation labs to immerse students in real scenarios, ensure patient safety

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine students must perform progressive simulation, or SIM, labs to evaluate student learning. Dr. Harvey Potts, ARCOM executive director of simulation and clinical skills, said first year students do basic labs on different systems of the body, such as treat a small bowel obstruction, and learn to read vital signs.

ARCOM announces student award winners

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty recently selected the Basic Science Student of the Year Award based on their outstanding academic achievement, leadership and professionalism.

ARCOM welcomes third class of medical students

Fort Smith just got a brand new batch of soon-to-be doctors. The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed its third class of students this week. The students will study in the area four years before beginning their residencies.