Apply to ARCOM
ARCOM will participate with other osteopathic colleges in a centralized application processing service called the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). To initiate the application process, applicants must apply directly to AACOMAS. Click here to apply.
Applications will be accepted annually beginning with the opening of the AACOMAS application cycle each year. Early application is recommended, as ARCOM runs on a rolling admission process – we start offering admission early in the cycle.
The official AACOMAS application is available online at www.aacom.org. The AACOMAS application deadline for ARCOM applicants is March 1 but is subject to change annually. Applicants should consult the ARCOM website for updates.
Two, well-informed letters of recommendation not written by a relative (by blood or through marriage) are required. One letter of recommendation must be from an osteopathic physician (DO). A letter from an allopathic physician (MD) in lieu of a recommendation from an osteopathic physician is not accepted; however, a letter(s) of recommendation from an allopathic physician(s) in addition to a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician is acceptable.
The second required letter must be from a pre-medical or pre-health professions advisory committee, or instead, letters from two science faculty members familiar with the academic work of the applicant. If you are waiting on a committee letter and it will prolong your application, it is highly encouraged to use letters from 2 science faculty instead. ARCOM welcomes additional letters of recommendation from those who are acquainted with the student’s academic or professional ability. Letters of recommendation will be accepted via the AACOMAS application process, Virtual Evals, Interfolio, by email, and/or by mail to:
Director of Admissions
7000 Chad Colley Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72916
ARCOM Secondary Application Process
Secondary applications will be made available to applicants who are best suited to fulfill the mission, values and goals of ARCOM.
Those who receive access to the Secondary Application should complete and submit the application and pay the $50.00 Secondary Application Fee by the required deadline. Secondary Applications should be submitted as early as possible and at least four weeks prior to the latest filing date. ARCOM conducts a rolling-admissions process.
Candidates will be required to acknowledge their ability and willingness to comply with ARCOM’s technical standards, policies on attendance, dress code, requirements for participation in osteopathic teaching and education, ARCOM student professional and academic conduct and policies.
Interview Selection Process
To be considered for an interview, an applicant must meet all the preceding admissions requirements and Technical Standards for Admissions and Continued Enrollment, have a complete file, including the AACOMAS application, a Secondary Application, all required letters of recommendation, and the $50.00 processing fee.
After the Office of Admissions receives these materials, the applicant’s file is reviewed to determine eligibility for an interview, based on the established criteria of the Admissions Committee. If it is found to meet the standards and mission of ARCOM, an invitation may be extended to interview. Submission of a Secondary Application is not a guarantee of an interview.
Interviewing candidates are required to read and sign an acknowledgement that they:
- Meet the Technical Standards for Admissions and Continued Enrollment (any questions pertaining to whether a standard is met must be addressed with the Director of Admissions);
- Have read and comply with the statement for students of ARCOM regarding physical exposure in classroom activities;
- Have read and comply with ARCOM’s Attendance and Dress Code policy, Code of Student Conduct/Academic Responsibility, Code of Behavioral Conduct, Standards for Conduct for Teacher-Learner Relationship, and AOA Code of Ethics as outlined in the ARCOM Student Handbook &
Each applicant who interviews with ARCOM will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. An interview is not a guarantee of admission. An admissions decision, based on academic performance, professional experience, and interview will be provided to the applicant usually within two weeks of the interview date.
Intentional misrepresentation or omission of information on any form relevant to admissions or records will subject the student to retraction of admission offer or dismissal. ARCOM reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any reason it deems sufficient. Matriculation will be denied to applicants who have failed to maintain a good record of scholastic performance and/or good record of personal conduct between the time of their acceptance and their matriculation at ARCOM.
After the interviews, the interviewers forward their recommendation to the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee may make any of the following recommendations to the Dean: to accept, to deny, or to place the applicant on an alternate or wait list.
All offers of admission are conditional until such time as the applicant has undergone a criminal background check, drug screen, and physical examination to ensure they meet the Technical Standards for Admissions and Enrollment established by ARCOM, meet the physical, immunization and immunization titers requirements as verified by ARCOM. A non-refundable matriculation deposit is required (the deposit will be applied to the first year’s tuition).
Additional Screening Tool
All applicants to the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine have the option of completing an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with the selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is not required, but recommended.
CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that are believed to be important for successful students and graduates of ARCOM’s program, and will complement the other tools used for applicant screening.
Interested applicants should go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101) and reserve a test using their AACOMAS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. Applicants will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times.
CASPer test results will automatically be provided to ARCOM, as selected by the applicant, and are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.