Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Para la gente y el futuro: For the people and the future. BCOM is dedicated to improving the health of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico through culturally humble undergraduate, graduate and continuing osteopathic medical education, research, and clinical service to the community. BCOM is focused on increasing diversity in the physician workforce and fostering a practice of life-long learning, compassion, respect, and excellence in its students.
BCOM is student-centered, utilizing the latest technologies and learning methods to assure student and professional practice success in all fields of medicine, from primary care to deep subspecialty. BCOM is housed in a new state-of-the-art building incorporating large and small classrooms, a gross anatomy laboratory supplemented by virtual anatomy resources, OMM laboratory, medical library and a comprehensive simulation center, including high-fidelity simulation manikins and standardized patient facility.
BCOM has developed a large network of physicians for the clinical years of education, with student rotations available throughout New Mexico, Tucson, Arizona and El Paso, Texas. This includes a comprehensive selection of generalist and specialty clinical clerkships.
BCOM is located in the Chihuahuan desert of Las Cruces, New Mexico, a beautiful, temperate and vibrant Southwest city with strong economic growth. Las Cruces is New Mexico’s second largest city with plenty of outdoor activities for residents, including hiking in the Organ Mountains, bird watching in and around Dripping Springs and river rafting on the Rio Grande. Nationally, Las Cruces has been recognized as a top place for work, recreation, tourism, retirement and raising a family.
Year founded: 2013
Type: Private, for-profit
BCOM is pre-accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). It is anticipated that pre-accreditation status will remain until the College graduates its first class in the Spring of 2020, at which time it will become eligible for full accreditation.
BCOM is licensed by the State of New Mexico Higher Education Department.
Institutional affiliation: New Mexico State University
The BCOM campus is an 80,000 sq. ft., newly constructed building located in the Arrowhead Research Park on the New Mexico State University (NMSU) campus. The space offers an array of impressive resources including lecture halls and seminar rooms for traditional and collaborative learning, a hybrid gross-virtual anatomy laboratory, a standardized patient facility, a physical diagnosis lab and a simulation center utilizing high-fidelity mannequins.
Through the BCOM library, students have access to core medical and osteopathic collection materials including electronic databases and journals, print and electronic books, and media titles. The BCOM BioSciences Research Laboratory, which is a fully equipped BSL-2 facility, is available to support faculty driven research activities which may involve supervised research experiences for students.
BCOM has dedicated spaces for student study including, but not limited to, a 3,500 sq. ft. outdoor covered patio and two student lounge areas, one of which is accompanied by a cafe.
While BCOM is a private, freestanding college, our unique partnership with NMSU allows students to enjoy the benefits that come with a major public university to include access to NMSU study spaces and libraries and their Activity Center, Aquatic Center, Tennis Center and Campus Health Center.
Student residence options:
Please visit BCOM website for updates on housing.
- Total medical school enrollment: 476
- Total male: 241
- Total female: 235
- First-year enrollment: 162
- First-year male: 80
- First-year female: 82
- First-year in-state: 25
- First-year out-of-state: 137
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 476
BCOM employs an integrated, systems-based, applications-oriented approach, which is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to succeed as osteopathic physicians. The curriculum uses several educational approaches, including: traditional lectures, integrative sessions (using electronic response systems), laboratory and skills instruction, active learning (adult and interactive techniques), team-based learning, large and small group sessions, directed study, and clinical case presentations.
These learning formats foster comprehension, promote the application of knowledge, emphasize competency in osteopathic philosophy, develop clinical skills, and stimulate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Dual Degree Programs
Admissions Process & Application Information
BCOM uses a rolling admissions process. Applicants who submit an application early and return all required documentation promptly are at an advantage in the process.
BCOM seeks to recruit and admit a diverse cohort of students who have shown commitment to serving the medically underserved and/or rural areas. Applicants are screened for academic excellence and achievements, clinical experience, community service, maturity, motivation, and awareness of the osteopathic profession. Qualified applicants will be invited to submit a supplemental application. All completed applications are evaluated and competitive applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview throughout the cycle.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/2/2019)
- Primary application deadline: 3/31/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2020
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application by February 15, 2020.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
BCOM will consider all eligible applicants that submit a competitive application. BCOM will give value to students who are committed to serving rural and medically underserved areas and who will contribute to demonstrate the potential impact of BCOM and the osteopathic medical profession in the area.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: July 2017
- Accept September 2019 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Virtual Evals
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/17/2019
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2020
- Supplemental application requirements:
Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements of a 3.0 cumulative science GPA and a 493 MCAT score (no subsection below 15%, test date no more than 3-years prior to matriculation) will be invited to submit a supplemental application. The supplemental application, along with all required AACOMAS application materials, must be present for evaluation and progression in the admissions process.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
Applicants must provide a copy of the AACOMAS fee waiver from the current application cycle.
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements of a 3.0 cumulative science GPA and a 493 MCAT score (no subsection below 15%, test date no more than 3-years prior to matriculation) will be invited to submit a supplemental application
- Supplemental application fee: $80
BCOM uses a rolling admissions process and conducts candidate interviews from August through April of the application year. Interview day activities consist of a half-day schedule that will include a campus tour of both BCOM and NMSU facilities, presentations on curriculum and Financial Aid resources, interaction with current first- and second-year students, an interview conducted by BCOM faculty and lunch.
- Biology/Zoology*, 8 semester hours
- Organic Chemistry*, 8 semester hours
- Inorganic Chemistry*, 8 semester hours
- Physics*, 8 semester hours
- Science Electives, 3 semester hours
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences
Candidates will be required to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
- Those accepted prior to November 15 will have 30 days.
- Those accepted between November 15 and March 31 will have 15 days.
- Those accepted after March 31 may be asked for an immediate deposit.
- Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: 30 days
- Earliest acceptance date: 8/30/2019
- Latest acceptance date: 7/10/2020
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/13/2020
Early Decision Program
Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||1%|
|Black or African American||7%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Update: BCOM is now approved for federal financial aid
- 2018-19 annual resident tuition: $54,468
- 2018-19 annual non-resident tuition: $54,468
- 2018-19 annual resident fees: $1,599
- 2018-19 annual non-resident fees: $1,599
- 2018-19 annual health insurance fee: $2,700
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $24,370
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: $68,394 (average borrowed for 2018 between all three classes)
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $3,000 seat deposit, paid in two installments. First payment of $2,000 required if offered admission prior to December 1, non-refundable. Any candidate offered admission after December 1 must pay $3,000 seat deposit in full, non-refundable.
- Additional deposit amount: $1,000, non-refundable, due by February 15 (only for applicants offered admissions prior to December 1).
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 0%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $12,614