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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Required: A high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and completion of a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by an agency formally recognized by the United States Department of Education.*
*Students with 75% of coursework completed toward a baccalaureate degree may be considered under special circumstances and must be approved by the Dean.
Required: The following courses are required for admission into ACOM.
|2 BIOLOGY courses with labs*||8 semester hrs.|
|2 CHEMISTRY General/Inorganic courses with 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.
**NOTE: Equivalent coursework may be considered for prerequisite courses through review and approval by the Dean of Student Services.
Recommended: Advanced coursework in the biological sciences is highly recommended in addition to the above prerequisite requirements. Students who, upon entering medical school, have a stronger biological sciences foundation have been shown to be more successful in their transition to medical school studies. Suggested advanced coursework includes, but is not limited to: biochemistry, human anatomy, cell biology, genetics, physiology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience and behavioral science.
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.
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
|Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
|Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Educational Consultants
7101 SW 102 Ave.
Miami, FL 33173
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
|American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Foreign Education Credential Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Ste. 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
Transfer Requirements for Admission
ACOM accepts qualified transfer students based upon the procedures outlined below. Transfer applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee.
- 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.
- Credits may be transferred only from medical schools and colleges accredited either by the AOA, COCA or by the LCME.
- Students requesting a transfer to ACOM from another COM must, at a minimum, complete the last two years at ACOM.
- 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.
- The curriculum of the school from which the student is transferring must be equivalent to the ACOM curriculum. Decisions about curriculum equivalence between institutions will be decided by the ACOM Curriculum Committee regardless of individual student qualifications.
- 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.
- Transfer credits are evaluated by the curriculum committee and appropriate course directors to determine equivalency in ACOM’s curriculum. Course numbers will be entered corresponding to the previous institution on the ACOM transcript with the equivalent ACOM course title listed. Grades will be listed and included in ACOM’s overall GPA calculation and class rank determination.
New Matriculate Transfer of Doctoral Credit Policy
Requests for transfer of credit for ACOM pre-clinical coursework will be considered on a case-by-case basis from student applicants with previous doctoral-level degree coursework who have been accepted to ACOM as new matriculates. The student must provide the college catalogue, syllabus, and official transcripts from the college/university in which the course was originally credited to provide ACOM faculty sufficient information to decide if the course in question is equivalent to that offered in the Doctor of Osteopathic Curriculum at ACOM. The course descriptions, course content, grade, and course credit hour equivalency will be approved at the following sequential levels:
- Course Director
- Associate Dean of appropriate Division
- Academic Planning & Evaluation Curriculum Committee
- Dean’s Cabinet
For each course under consideration, a “Request for Transfer Credit” form must be completed, with the appropriate signatures, and filed with the Division of Student Services prior to the start of the class. The signed form becomes a part of your academic file at ACOM and serves as a record of your completion of those course requirements. A letter grade will be assigned to the course under recommendation and approval at all levels and notated as a transfer credit on the transcript. The letter grade will be calculated into the GPA. If approved, the student will not be required to register for the course. Students will be encouraged to use their course time to increase their expertise in the subject matter or serve as assistants/tutors for their classmates.