The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine considers all competitive students with an emphasis on those students from Alabama and the surrounding regions who are committed to serving the rural and medically underserved areas of the state and region. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a Permanent Resident Visa. Candidates will be evaluated on their academic ability, knowledge of and commitment to the tenets of osteopathic medicine, experience in health care and human services, community service, professionalism, communication skills and personal integrity. To select these students, ACOM uses a rolling admissions process within a competitive and selective admissions framework.
Competitive and Selective Admissions
Within its competitive and selective framework, ACOM uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified candidates from an applicant pool expected to exceed 2,000. For the class matriculating in 2014 there will be 150 seats.
ACOM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and student interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admission cycle. Interviews are conducted and selection decisions are made until the class is filled. Applicants are notified of the admission status within two weeks after their interview. Candidates should apply early in the admissions cycle to be competitive in this process.
ACOM Application Process
It is our goal at ACOM to make your application process as simple as possible. An overall schedule along with specific steps are outlined below. Please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the process.
To initiate the application process, all applicants must apply online via the centralized application service administered by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Through AACOMAS, students file one electronic application, which is then verified and distributed by AACOMAS to all the osteopathic colleges designated by the student.
The AACOMAS application service is available in early May and applications may be submitted after June 1, 2012. As part of the AACOMAS application you will need to arrange for your original transcripts to be sent directly to AACOMAS and have your MCAT scores transmitted electronically to AACOMAS.
AACOMAS can be reached at www.AACOM.org or AACOMAS, 5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231, telephone number: (301) 968-4100.
The fees for using the AACOMAS application are based on the number of colleges you designate to receive your application information.
- The charge for the first college application submitted is $175
- Each additional college application submitted at the time of original application is $32
For more information regarding fees and Step-by-Step application instructions, please visit www.aacom.org/Documents/AACOMASInstructions.
Upon receipt of your completed AACOMAS application, the Admissions Committee will review it and students who meet our admissions criteria will be asked to submit a supplemental application with supporting materials.
- Supplemental ApplicationApplicants must complete and submit the Supplemental Application with supporting materials to the Office of Admissions online or print the PDF version and submit it to the Office of Admissions. A nonrefundable/waiver $50 processing fee can be paid online with a credit card or, if you mail your application, include a check or money order payable to ACOM. Students approved for a fee waiver by AACOMAS will automatically be eligible for a waiver from ACOM. However, the ACOM fee will need to be paid at the time of the Supplemental submission. When the student waiver status is confirmed by AACOMAS via the list routinely sent to the COMs, a refund will be issued to the student.
- Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. They should be sent directly to the ACOM Office of Admissions by direct mail or through Virtual Eval or Interfolio from the evaluator or university. You will be given a deadline for the receipt of letters. The following letters are required:
- One letter from a physician (D.O. preferred or M.D.) that details your exposure to patients and your ability to perform in a medical setting. It can reflect shadowing, volunteer, or work experience.
And either of the following:
- One pre-med advisor or committee letter that includes the names and departments of the committee members or
- Two academic letters written by college science professors who have instructed you in their classes. These letters should be on letterhead with academic credentials in the signature line. Students should inform faculty of these requirements when requesting letters. We only accept letters from instructors of biology, chemistry or physics; letters from social science (e.g. psychology, sociology, etc.) or math professors will not count toward this requirement.
Letters that do not count toward completion of your admission file include: letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, coaches, personal trainers, veterinarians, dentists, your family physician or pediatrician (unless you have shadowed or worked with the doctor). We prefer the authors are as objective as possible.
Letters should be sent directly to ACOM:
ACOM Office of Admissions
445 Health Sciences Blvd.
Dothan, AL 36303
An applicant’s completed file, containing the AACOMAS application and required ACOM supplemental application along with supporting materials, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee (see Admissions Application Review Process for details). The Committee, composed of faculty and the Director of Admissions, will decide which applicants to invite for an on-campus interview.
Interviews are conducted from late August until the class is filled. Applicants selected for an on-campus interview will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. The applicant will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.
Following the receipt of all requested information and the interview, the applicant’s file will once again be reviewed by the Admissions Committee at its weekly meeting. Applicant decisions will be assigned to the following categories:1) Acceptance, 2) Wait listed, or 3) Rejection. All applicants will be notified of their admissions status within two weeks of the final review.
Please Note: Student responsibility for tracking process
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine applicants are encouraged to begin the application process a year prior to their anticipated matriculation. The following represents a monthly guide for application preparation.
May: AACOMAS Centralized Application Service opens. Contact all colleges and universities attended and have official transcripts forwarded directly from the educational institution to AACOMAS. Complete application process as soon as possible.
July: ACCOMAS Application reviews begin using a rolling admissions process. ACOM Invitations to complete the supplemental application are sent to qualified applicants.
August: Personal interview schedule begins.
Feb. 1: AACOMAS Centralized Application Service deadline. Secondary applications continue to be accepted and processed until all class seats have been filled.
Feb. 15: AACOMAS Transcript deadline.
March: ACCOMAS Centralized Application Service closed. The Wait List will continue to be used until all class seats have been filled.