Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Las Cruces, NM
COVID-19 Related Information
Offers Virtual Interviews: Yes
Requires a letter from a physician: DO or MD Letter Required. *See COVID-19 provisions: https://bcomnm.org/covid19-admissions/
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes. All applicants must complete the required prerequisite courses at a college or university within the United States that is accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education; this includes all online coursework and all foreign degree conferred applicants.
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes. Prerequisite coursework with a grade of “Pass” will be considered if completed while COVID-19 mandates are/were in place. *See COVID-19 provisions: https://bcomnm.org/covid19-admissions/
Accepts Online Lab Coursework: Yes. All applicants must complete the required prerequisite courses at a college or university within the United States that is accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education; this includes all online coursework and all foreign degree conferred applicants.
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework:
Yes. The corresponding laboratory requirement for a requisite science course may be waived only for those applicants that were unable to complete the laboratory course/component, that was cancelled/not offered, for a specific course taken during Spring and/or Summer 2020; courses and laboratories completed online will be considered. *See COVID-19 provisions: https://bcomnm.org/covid19-admissions/
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.
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
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
Institutional affiliation: None
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine provides a rich environment for teaching and learning with state-of-the-art lecture halls, seminar/breakout rooms, high-fidelity manikin simulation suites, an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) lab with thirty-five tables, a virtual anatomy/gross dissection lab, and a standardized patient clinic environment with an office, waiting room, and ten examination rooms.
The College also occupies a 4,500 sq.ft. BioScience Research Laboratory (BSRL), a fully equipped BSL-2 facility, to support faculty driven research activities with supervised research opportunities for students. Major capabilities include bacterial and eukaryotic cell culture, DNA amplification and analysis, spectrophotometry, protein separation and analysis, flow cytometry, imaging based particle size analysis, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, and light microscopy.
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 Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine has dedicated study spaces for student study including, but not limited to, a 3500 sq.ft. outdoor covered patio and two student lounge areas, one of which is accompanied by a cafe. 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.
Student residence options:
Please visit college website for updates on housing.
- Total medical school enrollment: 620
- Total male: 312
- Total female: 308
- First-year enrollment: 162
- First-year male: 81
- First-year female: 81
- First-year in-state: 14
- First-year out-of-state: 148
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 0
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 process whereby applicants are assessed in several different areas, including academic and non-academic characteristics. Qualified applicants will be invited to submit a Supplemental Application. Interviews will be conducted from September through April of the cycle, with decisions delivered on a rolling basis. Applicants who submit an application early and meet all application requirements are at an advantage in the process.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/5/2020)
- Primary application deadline: 3/31/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2021
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application by February 2021
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 2018
- Accept September 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/22/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2021
- 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: Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements of a 3.0 cumulative science GPA and a 493 MCAT score, with no subsection scores below the 15 percentile and dated from July 2018 to present, will be invited to submit a Supplemental Application. *See COVID-19 provision for those awaiting a first-time MCAT score: https://bcomnm.org/covid19-admissions/
- 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
*or equivalent to one year with laboratory components
- Human Anatomy
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology
- Neuroscience & Behavioral Science
- College English, 6 semester hours
Applicants will be required to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
- Those receiving seat offers prior to November 16 will have 30 days to accept the offer and submit the seat deposit.
- Those receiving seat offers between November 16 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: 9/11/2020
- Latest acceptance date: 7/16/2021
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes.
- A deferral 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: 7/12/2021
Early Decision Program
Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||1.23%|
|Black or African American||5.56%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0.62%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Update: BCOM is now approved for federal financial aid
- 2019-20 annual resident tuition: $54,468
- 2019-20 annual non-resident tuition: $54,468
- 2019-20 annual resident fees: $1,599
- 2019-20 annual non-resident fees: $1,599
- 2019-20 annual health insurance fee: Students are responsible for their own health insurance – recommendations available
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Other – Technological Assistance
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $24,270
- Average 2019 graduate indebtedness: $272,161
- 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: 73%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $15,000