Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Lillington, NC
COVID-19 Related Information
Offers Virtual Interviews: Yes, but only during affected times of social distancing
Requires a letter from a physician: DO or MD Letter Required
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Undecided at this time, but probably ‘Yes’.
Accepts Online Lab Coursework: Yes
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework: Undecided at this time, but probably ‘No’
The mission of the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) is to educate and prepare community-based osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment to care for the rural and underserved populations in North Carolina, the Southeastern United States, and the nation.
CUSOM faculty, staff and students’ value: teamwork, leadership, professionalism, integrity, diversity, and the ethical treatment of all humanity.
Values: Our faculty, staff and students value teamwork, leadership, professionalism, integrity, diversity, and the ethical treatment of all humanity.
Additionally, CUSOM is informed and guided by Goals for the purpose of educating osteopathic physicians who are well trained, socially minded clinicians that practice evidence-based medicine.
Campbell University, founded in 1887, is committed to the development of students who are dedicated to community service and purposeful lives. These foundational beliefs are fundamental to the School of Osteopathic Medicine.
As the first and only osteopathic medical school established in the state of North Carolina, the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) provides students with an exceptional medical education and hands-on clinical training that will equip them to provide the highest level of evidence-based quality care for the patients they serve
The School of Osteopathic Medicine approved class size is 150 students annually, and graduates will become highly trained, caring, and compassionate osteopathic physicians who will provide exceptional medical care for those in need in North Carolina, the nation and the developing world.
Rural. CUSOM, located in Lillington, North Carolina, is approximately 30 miles (50 km) south of Raleigh, the state capital, North Carolina’s second-largest city, and approximately 30 miles (50 km) north of Fayetteville, North Carolina, North Carolina’s sixth-largest city. CUSOM is conveniently accessible to Raleigh-Durham International airport (RDU).
Year founded: 2011
Type: Private, non-profit
In April 2017, Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) became accredited by the Commission of Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Campbell University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and is one of three private universities in North Carolina to achieve Level VI accreditation, the highest level possible.
Institutional affiliation: Campbell University
CUSOM, located on 20 acres adjacent to the university’s golf course, consists of 96,500 square feet of classroom, laboratory, clinical simulation and small group rooms, as well as student activity and administrative office space. The design fits comfortably with the architectural character that defines the Campbell University campus. The building brings together medical students, faculty, and administration in a state-of-the-art training facility. CUSOM students and faculty have access to more than 10,000 square feet of dedicated research space.
Student residence options:
Lillington and the surrounding area offer small town living within reasonable driving distances to major metropolitan areas and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The area offers a number of options for off-campus housing with apartments, townhouses, and homes for rent or purchase conveniently located around the campus and in surrounding communities.
- Total medical school enrollment: 627
- Total male: 324
- Total female: 303
- First-year enrollment: 161
- First-year male: 77
- First-year female: 84
- First-year in-state: 70
- First-year out-of-state: 91
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 6,448
CUSOM utilizes a carefully planned systems-based curriculum incorporating traditional lectures, case-based presentations, small group clinical cases, simulation, laboratory experiences and standardized patient encounters to facilitate clinical integration. Vertical and horizontal integration facilitate linkage between course and clinical work across the four years of the curriculum.
Vertical integration refers to the interweaving of clinical skills and knowledge into the basic science years and in turn, reinforcing basic science concepts as they apply during the clinical years. Horizontal integration refers to identifying concepts or skills, particularly those that are clinically relevant, that cut across the basic sciences, and then using these as an integrated focus for presentations, clinical scenarios, and course materials.
The CUSOM curriculum in Years 1 and 2 is integrated to provide both a strong core of biomedical principles and a robust foundation in clinical sciences including osteopathic principles, clinical skills, and professionalism. Content is delivered in 9-week Blocks over four semesters.
CUSOM students in Years 3 and 4 receive clinical training. within hospitals, ambulatory practices, and acute care facilities at regional sites in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Across third- and fourth-year students are provided the opportunity to participate in twenty (20) weeks of selective rotations and an additional twenty (20) weeks of elective rotations. These rotations provide students opportunities to participate in audition rotations at sites with residency programs or to obtain additional experience in the student’s areas of interest.
CUSOM’s curriculum has been validated as evidenced by our students’ outstanding performance on national board exams and exceptional success in attaining residency training positions upon graduation.
Dual Degree Programs
The dual JD/DO program will create highly-credentialed professionals with the skill, expertise, and knowledge to practice in two respected and noble professions. Graduates will be poised to obtain significant positions of leadership, administration, and management and will be well equipped to serve as leaders in their professional and civic communities, working to make significant contributions at the intersection of law and the medicine. The program enables students to earn both degrees in six years of full-time study.
Masters in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS)
CUSOM offers a SACSCOC-accredited Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) degree to prepare students for successful entry into medical school as well as other health professions programs. The MSBS program runs concurrently with the medical school academic year.
Local and Global Outreach
Opportunity to serve the medical underserved with mobile health clinics, free health screenings at events, and continuing to develop programs to address healthcare needs. Students can be part of a world recognized authority in global health. Bringing together teams to solve health problems in our local community and globally.
Community Care Clinic
A student ran initiative that delivers high-quality, compassionate healthcare to the medically underserved communities of North Carolina.
Emergency Medicine Technician (EMT) Training Program
Training opportunity for incoming MS-I students to provide them with the acquisition of lifesaving skills and medical experience. The didactic portion of the course is online prior to matriculation. The hands-on skills and ride-along component will be completed onsite two weeks prior to orientation.
Medical Student Summer Research Scholars Program (MSSRS)
MSSRS Program is summer research opportunities that are open to rising MS-II students only. There are three different areas of focus: basic science, clinical and simulation. The Summer Scholars Program has up to three student positions for each scholarship. The project period is seven weeks during the summer, during which time the student is expected to devote at least six full weeks to the project.
Admissions Process & Application Information
Select CUSOM on the AACOMAS application. Qualified applicants will be invited to submit a secondary application. To be considered for an interview, an applicant must meet all admissions requirements and technical standards for admission, and have a complete file, including the AACOMAS application, an official MCAT report, a secondary application, the required letters of recommendation, the waiver/non-waiver statement, and the processing fee. Students who are invited for an interview will interview on campus.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/5/2020)
- Primary application deadline: 3/1/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2021
- Submission timing for best consideration: For best consideration, we highly recommend applicants submit all application materials at least 4 weeks prior to the deadline
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
CUSOM seeks to recruit students from North Carolina and the Southeastern United States who are committed to serving the rural and medically underserved areas of North Carolina, the Southeastern United States, and the nation. While CUSOM seeks students from these areas, all qualified applicants are considered. Applicants who meet the CUSOM standards for academic achievements, maturity, leadership, motivation, and knowledge of osteopathic medicine may be invited to CUSOM for an interview. Applicants who are invited for an interview are contacted by the Office of Admissions and instructed on the interview day process. Each applicant who interviews with CUSOM is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The admissions decision is based on academic performance, professional experience, ability to meet technical standards, and the interview.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes, case by case basis, CUSOM may accept students who are US-born citizens, naturalized citizens, green card holders, student visa holders or are in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status on a case by-case basis.
- Oldest MCAT considered: January 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: 3/15/2021
- Supplemental application requirements:
Secondary applications are requested by invitation only. Applicants must meet minimum admission requirements to be considered for a secondary application. The secondary application process consists of the application, a non-refundable processing fee, and two required letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a physician DO or MD. Although a letter from an osteopathic physician is not required, it is strongly recommended. The second letter must be from either a pre-health committee, pre-health advisor or PhD hard science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) faculty member. Letters of recommendation included as part of a pre-health committee packet are accepted.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Supplemental application will be sent to all screened applicants who meet the admission requirements.
- Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable
Traditional. CUSOM uses a rolling admissions process. Applicant interviews are generally scheduled from August through April of the application year. The candidates will attend an information session, financial aid and scholarship presentation, one-on-one interviews with faculty (both biomedical and clinical), and administration. Lunch is provided, as well as a tour of the medical school campus and interaction with first- and second-year medical school students.
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 6-8 semester hours with lab optional
- Anatomy, 4 semester hours
- Biochemistry,4 semester hours
- Genetics, 3 semester hours
- Immunology, 3 semester hours
- Microbiology, 3 semester hours
- Molecular Biology, 3 semester hours
- Physiology, 3 semester hours
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 3 semester hours
- Math/Statistics, 3 semester hours
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
- Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
- Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
- Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- After May 5 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges.
- Earliest acceptance date: 8/19/2020
- Latest acceptance date: 7/26/2021
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes, but for deposited students only and must be approved by the Dean.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/21/2021
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: Yes
- EDP available for: Residents, Non-residents
- EDP application due date: 7/15/2020
- EDP applications submitted to: AACOMAS
- EDP supplemental materials due: 8/15/2020
- Date EDP applicants notified: 9/15/2020
First-Year Class Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||1%|
|Black or African American||4%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2019-20 annual resident tuition: $50,600
- 2019-20 annual non-resident tuition: $50,600
- 2019-20 annual resident fees: $1,850
- 2019-20 annual non-resident fees: $1,850
- 2019-20 annual health insurance fee: $2,786
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Health Service
- Estimated annual room, board, books, and living costs: $25,100
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: $300,000
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,500, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 84%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $15,000
Contacts & Additional Resources
4350 US Hwy 421
Lillington, NC 27546
Main phone: (855) 287-6613 [Toll Free] or (910) 893-1770