Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
4 years, full-time
96.37 percent pass rate for first-time test-takers, exceeding national average by 5+ percent
91.06 percent pass rate for first-time test-takers
113,000+ physicians and surgeons needed to serve a growing and aging population, especially in rural and low-income areas
Students seeking admission to AZCOM must submit the following documented evidence:
One letter from either a premedical advisory committee or science professor who has taught the applicant
Second letter from either a D.O. or an M.D. Letters from osteopathic physicians are strongly recommended, and letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable
Students seeking admissions to AZCOM must:
|Prerequisite Course||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
Courses that may contribute to success in medical school include Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry.
Students may obtain AACOMAS applications as early as May 1st of the
academic year preceding the year in which they plan to apply. To be
competitive in our rolling admissions process, students should apply as
early as possible. The official AACOMAS deadline for completed applications
for fall enrollment is January 1st.
The AZCOM course of study is typically 4 academic years. The first 2 years cover primarily didactic instruction, followed by 2 years of primarily clinical rotations, including applicable didactic material. Upon graduation with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, AZCOM graduates are eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all fields of medicine.
As scientists and practitioners of the healing arts, osteopathic physicians subscribe to a philosophy that regards the body as an integrated whole with structures and functions working interdependently. Therefore, osteopathic physicians treat their patients as unique persons with biological, psychological, and sociological needs—an approach that underscores the osteopathic commitment to patient-oriented versus disease-oriented health care.
Using this philosophy, AZCOM's four-year curriculum educates students in the biopsychosocial approach to patient care, as well as the basic medical arts and sciences. AZCOM students spend their first two years completing a rigorous basic science curriculum and preparing for clinical studies, including early clinical contact experiences. During their third and fourth years, students rotate through a variety of clinical training sites, accruing an impressive 88 weeks of direct patient care experience. By stimulating intellectual curiosity and teaching problem solving skills, the AZCOM curriculum encourages students to regard learning as a lifelong process.
The educational mission of AZCOM is to produce competent osteopathic physicians, emphasizing primary care but including traditional specialties and subspecialties. Because the D.O. degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, including direct hands-on analysis and treatment.
Accordingly, the following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to AZCOM with reasonable accommodation. A candidate must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in some areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the academic dean (and program director), will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College(/Program) would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College(/Program) is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their professional program.
For the 2011-2012 academic year, AZCOM program improvements included the development of didactic distance learning programs for rotation sites, faculty development to standardize teaching in rotations, and improved Board Examination preparation. AZCOM also worked with the MWU OPTI to develop additional residency programs at student training sites in Arizona and California. To better prepare OMS3 students for their OMS4 year, and preparation of their MSPE (Dean's Letter), OMS3 students were invited to meet individually with the Dean, or the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, to discuss residency preparation and review the "unique characteristics" portion of their MSPE.
Improvements planned for the 2012-2013 academic year include additional simulation and standardized patient program encounters for students in the first, second, and third years. OCM IV, which started as a didactic program for OMS4 students during the 2011-2012 year, is expanding to include more Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) review so that AZCOM graduates are betters prepared to enter the residency years. Curricular mapping, which began in 2011, is slated to finish in 2012 so that the Curriculum Committee may review and update the educational program, as needed.
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine educates students to exhibit professionalism, provide patient care, and serve their communities in order to become qualified osteopathic physicians.
The mission will be achieved by meeting the following objectives:
The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)/Commision on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). COCA is recognized as the accrediting agency for colleges of osteopathic medicine by the United States Department of Education and the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA). AZCOM is currently accredited through 2014 having received a 7 year accreditation in 2007.
For further information, please contact the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611; 800/621-1773.
Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.