Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
The MISSION of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is to Prepare globally minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations and promote research to improve human health. VCOM faculty staff and students VALUE: professionalism, integrity, duty, compassion, altruism, knowledge, and critical thinking.
VCOM is a fully-accredited osteopathic college with three campuses, one in Blacksburg, VA; one in Spartanburg, SC; and one in Auburn, AL. VCOM is committed to serving the needs of patients in medically underserved areas and medically underserved populations and the VCOM Virginia campus is committed to Southwest Virginia and to surrounding Appalachian states, although VCOM interviews student committed to service and working with patients from medically underserved populations from other states.
Located in the Research Park of Auburn University, and immediately adjacent to the other health sciences schools in the University on Donahue Street, the campus is within walking distance of the university and the stadium, VCOM-Auburn is well integrated into the Auburn University community. In addition to the over 27,000 University students, the city of Auburn is the fastest growing metropolitan area in Alabama. Auburn’s southern charm is seen in the arts, in its quaint restaurants, independent boutiques, and availability of cultural opportunities.
Year founded: 2014
Type: Private, non-profit
VCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
The VCOM-Auburn Campus operates with a collaborative agreement with Auburn University for education, research, and student activities.
The VCOM Auburn campus includes a 100,000 square foot academic facility, outdoor patios, a lake, and a walking path.
- The main facility offers two theater style high-tech classrooms, a state-of-the-art anatomy lab; approximately 20 small group rooms, four conference rooms, student services, student lounges, food service, and a library. High definition video projection and recording allows all presentations to be recorded and displayed on VCOM TV for student review from home.
- The fourth floor houses the Center for Medical Simulation and Technology which includes clinical medical procedural skills laboratories, simulated patient exam rooms with recording capability and EMR technology, and patient simulation laboratories with high tech manikin simulators for pediatric, adult, and obstetrical procedural training.
- The osteopathic manipulation lab provides electronic tables and high definition video monitoring to assure optimal education.
- The first floor includes an event center and research laboratories.
Student residence options:
The town of Auburn provides an array of housing opportunities. Private apartment and town-home complexes catering to graduate students and young professionals are conveniently located throughout Auburn, nearby Opelika, and in neighboring communities.
- Total medical school enrollment: 627
- Total male: 320
- Total female: 307
- First-year enrollment: 162
- First-year male: 79
- First-year female: 83
- First-year in-state: 68
- First-year out-of-state: 94
The curriculum at VCOM is innovative and modern. The faculty of VCOM recognizes that students learn in a number of ways. Students generally assimilate a knowledge base through instruction, reading and experience. VCOM uses a hybrid curriculum consisting of lectures, computerized case tutorials, laboratory experiences, clinical skills laboratories, and clinical experiences throughout the four years.
Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs
For information on VCOM’s dual degree/concurrent program offerings, visit www.vcom.edu/admissions/parallel-degree
Bluefield College Masters of Arts in Biomedical Sciences – in partnership with VCOM
VCOM has partnered with Bluefield College to convert our Graduate Certificate Program into a Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences.
For information on VCOM’s preparatory programs, visit https://www.vcom.edu/premedical_admissions
Each week faculty and students provide health care for medically underserved and disadvantaged populations in Alabama. Students participate in projects to improve the health and wellness of a community as a part of their curriculum as well as through their student professional organization volunteer programs. VCOM faculty offer special opportunities for VCOM students in outreach in the local region.
Embracing the one world – one health concept, VCOM faculty and students provide global health outreach programs in El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Students benefit from the sharing of cultural experiences, medical education and public health practices that in turn improve the health of the remote communities served. VCOM provides sustainable year-round health clinics in all three countries to ensure a continual improvement in health care and public health practices.
VCOM students have the opportunity to work with renowned sports medicine faculty on its three campuses. The Auburn University Athletics program has a dedicated sports medicine program and a student athlete population that includes current and previous Olympic gold medal winners as well as three Heisman trophy winners.
Via Wellness Program
To promote a healthy mind, body, and spirit, faculty and students know the message must start at home. Faculty and students structure and participate in the Via Wellness Program, the program provides enrichment to campus life through a wide variety of sports, individual exercise programs, a social program, cultural programs, and spiritual programs. Families are included in all programs. Fitness awards are provided for those who achieve various levels of participation.
Admissions Process & Application Information
VCOM utilizes a rolling admissions process. The steps below outline our admissions process:
- Determine if you are a qualified applicant
- Submit your application
- If invited, complete the secondary application
- Submit letters of recommendation
- If invited, schedule your interview
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS 5/2/2019
- Primary application deadline: 3/1/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: Rolling
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least five weeks in advance of the latest filing date, as VCOM is on a rolling admissions process and seats may be filled prior to this date.
First-year class matriculant’s selection factors:
VCOM seeks to admit the greater portion of the class from qualified applicants who grew up in or are based in Alabama, followed by students from the southern Appalachian and Delta states; and traditionally medically underserved regions. (Target states for all VCOM campuses include Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia). VCOM screens all AACOMAS applications within 2 to 3 weeks of receipt. Candidates who present a strong overall and science GPA in the last 120 hours are encouraged to apply. Students must have an acceptable MCAT score, however VCOM considers students from target states with a GPA >3.7 with lower but acceptable MCAT scores. VCOM will then invite students to complete a secondary application. Completed applications are reviewed for academic preparedness, healthcare experience, volunteer outreach, fit with VCOM’s mission, and commitment to osteopathic medicine. VCOM utilizes a rolling admissions process. Thus, candidates who submit an application early and return all required documents promptly will be at an advantage in the admissions process. VCOM recognizes, values and affirms that diversity contributes to the richness of the academic programs of the college.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Select Cases, Permanent residents are considered, and a non-US citizen is considered in rare occasions.
- Oldest MCAT considered: April 2016
- 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: 7/1/2019
- Supplemental application deadline: Rolling
- Supplemental application requirements:
In addition to completing a secondary application, a letter of recommendation from a premedical advisor or science faculty member who has taught the applicant is required. Shadowing with a physician and a letter of recommendation from that physician is required. If that experience was with a DO, all requirements will be met. If not, the student may be required to spend time meeting with a DO. See the VCOM website and secondary application for ways to meet this requirement if a DO did not write the required letter.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions: AACOMAS waiver
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Screened applicants – please include criteria (Required): In order to be considered for a Secondary Application, candidates must present a competitive science GPA, overall GPA, and MCAT score. (See VCOM’s website for more information.)
- Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable
The interview day at VCOM-Auburn Campus includes an information session, one-on-one interviews, a tour of the Auburn campus, lunch with VCOM students, a tour of Auburn, and a session with a representative of the financial aid office.
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
- Earliest acceptance date: 10/1/2019
- Latest acceptance date: July 2020
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: July 2020
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: Yes
- EDP available for: Residents, Non-residents
- EDP application due date: 7/1/2019
- EDP applications submitted to: AACOMAS
- EDP supplemental materials due: 8/15/2019
- Date EDP applicants notified: By early October 2019
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 6-8 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 6-8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 6-8 semester hours with lab
- Additional biomedical credits*: 6 hours
*At the 300 level or above. Recommended courses include Biochemistry, Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology.
- College English*, 6 semester hours
*Three hours may be in creative writing or other equivalent courses.
- Behavioral Science Courses (preparation for the MCAT)
First-Year Class Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||1.2%|
|Black or African American||7.4%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2018-19 annual resident tuition: $45,500
- 2018-19 annual non-resident tuition: $45,500
- 2018-19 annual resident fees: $0
- 2018-19 annual non-resident fees: $0
- 2018-19 annual health insurance fee: $0
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Health Service
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $27,580
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: N/A -The first VCOM Auburn graduates will be in 2019
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $500, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $500, non-refundable
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 88.7%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $17,384