There are several Admissions Requirements that prospective students must meet for the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. If you are considering applying to become a student at ACOM, please make sure that you read and are familiar with the Technical Standards for Admission and Retention. If you have specific questions about admission requirements and recommendations, please contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (334) 699-2266 or by email at admissions@acomedu.org.

Undergraduate Academic Credits

Required: A high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.*

*Students with 75% of coursework completed toward a baccalaureate degree may be considered under special circumstances and must be approved by the Dean.

Prerequisite Coursework

Required: The following courses are required for admission into ACOM. Prerequisite coursework must be passed with a grade of C or better.

2 BIOLOGY courses with labs* 8 semester hrs.
2 CHEMISTRY General/Inorganic courses w/ labs* 8 semester hrs.
2 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY courses with labs* 8 semester hrs.
2 PHYSICS courses with labs* 8 semester hrs.
2 ENGLISH courses 6 semester hrs.

 *Laboratory credits are required with science courses without exception.

RecommendedAdvanced coursework in the biological sciences is highly recommended in addition to the above prerequisite requirements. Students who have a stronger biological sciences foundation have been shown to be more successful in their transition to medical school studies. Recommended advanced coursework includes:

Biochemistry Cell Biology Genetics
Human Anatomy Physiology Immunology
Microbiology Neuroscience Behavioral Science

MCAT

All candidates must submit their most recent Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores. Scores reported within four years of the application cycle start date are preferred. Older MCATs may be considered on an individual basis. The MCAT score will serve as one component of the overall assessment of the student.

GPA

Final grades for all prerequisite courses must be validated before registration.

Course Substitutions

Course substitutions are permitted in some situations. An applicant may request substitution of undergraduate coursework by providing:

  • A faculty letter detailing course content
  • A copy of the course description from the college catalog
  • A copy of the course syllabus

Documentation providing the most detail will expedite the process.

Applicants with Foreign Coursework

Coursework taken at other foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the following evaluation services, and an official copy must be sent from the service directly to AACOMAS. You should also have a copy sent to you for completing the AACOMAS application. Request a course by-course evaluation and list the courses, subject codes, semester hours, and grades on the AACOMAS Academic Record or Professional School Academic Record as per the instructions. Your application will not be complete without an official evaluation. Transfer credit appearing on U.S. institution transcripts, student copies of an evaluation or other foreign evaluations will not be accepted. You should contact one of the following:

World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311
www.wes.org

Courier Address:
64 Beaver St., #146
New York, NY 10004

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400
www.ece.org

Courier Address:
101 W. Pleasant St., Ste. 200
Milwaukee, WI 53212-3963

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Educational Consultants
7101 SW 102 Ave.
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616
www.jsilny.com

International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
(310) 258-9451
www.ierf.org

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Foreign Education Credential Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Ste. 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
(202) 296-3359
www.aacrao.org/credential/individual.cfm

Transfer Policies

Transfer Policies

The Admissions Committee will evaluate all transfer applications. ACOM accepts qualified transfer students based upon the procedures outlined below.

  1. Transfer credits are approved only if the student is currently in good standing and is eligible for readmission to the previously attended COM or other Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) medical school.
  2. Credits may be transferred only from medical schools and colleges accredited either by the AOA, COCA or by the LCME.
  3. Students requesting a transfer to ACOM from another COM must, at a minimum, complete the last two years at ACOM.
  4. When students transfer from an LCME accredited medical school or college to a COM at least two years of instruction must be completed with the COM. In the case of LCME transfers, the COM requirement for osteopathic manipulative medicine must be completed prior to graduation.
  5. The curriculum of the school from which the student is transferring must be equivalent to ACOM curriculum. Decisions about curriculum equivalence between institutions will be decided by the ACOM Curriculum Committee regardless of individual student qualifications.
  6. First year curriculums vary from school to school thus it is sometimes not feasible to transfer between the first and second year of medical school. In general, transferring into the third year of medical school is more feasible for the student. Students transferring into the third year must have passed COMLEX Level I.