Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Las Cruces, NM
COVID-19 Related Information
Interview Options for 2021-2022 Cycle: Virtual interviews only
Physician Letter Required? One clinical letter required – letter from a physician (MD or DO) preferred.
Shadowing Options: Shadowing not required.
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements? Yes
Accepts Prerequisite Coursework Pass/Fail Grades? Yes
Accepts Online Lab Coursework? Yes
Para la gente y el futuro: For the people and the future, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University is dedicated to improving the health of the Southwestern United States and its border with Northern Mexico through culturally respectful undergraduate, graduate and continuing osteopathic medical education, research and its support of clinical service to the community.
The College is focused on increasing diversity in the physician workforce and fostering a practice of life-long learning, compassion, respect and excellence in its students.
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine utilizes the latest technologies and learning methods to ensure success in the classroom and future professional practice. Led by highly experienced professionals from osteopathic, allopathic and general higher education, the College is committed to impacting the workforce needs and access to quality medical services in the region.
- The College celebrates its nationally recognized faculty, students and clubs, and its collaborative campus climate.
- Medical students are very active in coordinating and participating in regional community outreach, education, and service projects.
- Medical students can hone their physical exam skills, refine techniques and procedures, and learn beneficial lessons in communication and social interaction for use with future patients by utilizing the College’s robust pre-clinical standardized patient program, high fidelity mannequins, and procedure-specific training.
- Medical students expand their knowledge of anatomy by utilizing both the gross anatomy cadaver lab and digital anatomy software.
- The College had a 100% graduate medical education placement rate with its inaugural graduating class in 2020.
Suburban. Burrell College 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
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
Institutional affiliation: None
The College’s campus is a 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 lab, a standardized patient facility, a physical diagnosis lab, and a simulation center utilizing high-fidelity mannequins. Through the College’s library, students have access to core medical and osteopathic collection materials including electronic databases and journals, print and electronic books, and media titles. The Biosciences Research Laboratory, which is a fully equipped BSL-2 facility, is available to support faculty driven research which may involve supervised research experiences for students.
While the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine 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, libraries, activity center, aquatic center, tennis center, and campus health center. For more information about campus resources, curriculum, financial aid, and student involvement, please visit the College’s website: https://burrell.edu/.
Student residence options:
Please visit college’s website for information on housing. There is also a student-managed Facebook page for housing suggestions and guidance for incoming students.
- Total medical school enrollment: 645
- Total male: 312
- Total female: 333
- First-year matriculants: 162
- First-year male matriculants: 75
- First-year female matriculants: 87
- Matriculants in-state: 12
- Matriculants out-of-state: 150
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 645
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine provides a four-year, evidence-based osteopathic medical education program that enables students to acquire the knowledge and competencies required to enter graduate medical education and the practice of osteopathic medicine. The applications-based curriculum integrates medical knowledge, clinical skills and osteopathic principles and practice while its instructional design utilizes active learning techniques through case discussions, team-based learning, laboratory and skills instruction, and interactive integrative sessions. Students are engaged through simulated clinical experiences, small group sessions and directed study. Course offerings emphasize knowledge acquisition, problem solving through critical analysis and thought, patient-centered focus, professional demeanor, inter-professional collaboration, and guide the student’s development of a holistic approach to clinical practice. The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine’s clinical training curriculum is community-based and conducted in its affiliated hospitals and clinics under the supervision of a faculty in multiple medical specialties.
Dual Degree Programs
Admissions Process & Application Information
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine uses a holistically driven, rolling admissions process whereby applicants are assessed in several different areas, including academic and non-academic characteristics. Applicants from both in-state and out-of-state are encouraged to apply; at this time, the College is unable to consider international applicants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review all of the admission requirements and information related to the admissions process on the College’s website, prior to submitting.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2021)
- Primary application deadline: 3/31/2022
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2022
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application by February 2022
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
The College seeks to recruit and admit a diverse cohort of students who have shown a commitment to fulfilling the College’s mission. Applicants are screened for academic excellence and achievements, clinical experience, community service, maturity, motivation, and awareness of the osteopathic profession.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: July 2019
- Accept September 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/16/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2022
- Supplemental application requirements:
The Supplemental Application allows for applicants to provide the College with additional information about themselves and their applications through responses to posed questions.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
Applicants must provide a copy of the AACOMAS fee waiver from the current application cycle to the Office of Admissions.
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students: Once the College has received an applicant’s AACOMAS primary application, the Office of Admissions will complete pre-screening to verify both the minimum cumulative science grade point average and MCAT score requirements have been met. Applicants that meet the minimum pre-screening requirements will receive an email containing login instructions on how to complete and submit the supplemental application.
- Supplemental application fee: $80 (non-refundable)
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine uses a rolling admissions process and conducts applicant interviews from September through April of the application year. Additional details are provided to applicants invited for an interview.
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours, with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours. with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours, with lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours, with lab
- Science Electives, 3 semester hours
- Human Anatomy
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences
Applicants will be required to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
- Those receiving seat offers prior to November 20 will have 30 days to accept the offer and submit the seat deposit.
- Those receiving seat offers between November 20 and February 28 will have 15 days to accept the offer and submit the seat deposit.
- Those receiving seat offers after February 28 may be asked for an immediate seat deposit.
- Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: 30 days
- Earliest acceptance date: 9/20/2021
- Latest acceptance date: 7/15/2022
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes.
One-year deferment requests will only be considered for seat-accepted applicants able to demonstrate extenuating or unexpected personal circumstances. Requests for deferral will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be received in writing no less than 60–days prior to the beginning of orientation.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/11/2022
Early Decision Program
Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants (Entering Class 2020)
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Update: BCOM is now approved for federal financial aid
- 2020-21 annual resident tuition: $57,191
- 2020-21 annual non-resident tuition: $57,191
- 2020-21 annual resident fees: $1,599
- 2020-21 annual non-resident fees: $1,599
- 2020-21 annual health insurance fee: $3,200
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Health Science
- Other – Technological Assistance
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $18,570
- Average 2020 graduate indebtedness: $283,783
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000 (non-refundable).
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 84%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $15,000