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
VCOM Carolinas maintains an independent 18-acre campus and is located in one of the fast-growing college towns in the United States. Spartanburg is home to Wofford College, Converse College, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Methodist College, Spartanburg College, and VCOM. VCOM participates in the city’s “College-Town” program, a collaborative that offers exciting opportunities and programs for students from all campuses.
Year founded: 2010
Type: Private, non-profit
VCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
VCOM-Carolinas is a member of “College Town,” a consortium of upstate colleges and universities. VCOM also provides students with access to the new YMCA for student exercise and sports programs.
Voted the eighth most beautiful medical school campus in the nation, the main Carolinas campus building is 70,000 square feet and located on a beautiful 18-acre campus with a lake and walking trail.
- The main 80,000+-square-foot academic building on the Carolinas campus offers two theatre style classrooms with state of the art technology that allows recorded presentations for later view; wireless access throughout, a state-of-the-art anatomy lab; and 20 moderately-sized group learning rooms.
- Additional buildings include a research facility, facilities for human resources and finance, a facility housing the OMM clinical practices, and a turn of the century home under restoration for events .
- Simulation and Technology Center: The third floor houses a state-of-the-art Center for Simulation and Technology including simulated patient treatment rooms, and manikin based training laboratories for pediatric, adult, and obstetrical training and clinical procedural skills laboratories.
- YMCA Program: Students at the VCOM-Carolinas campus are offered a membership to the YMCA of Spartanburg. The YMCA provides a wide variety of education and recreational programs that foster growth in spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA is a state-of-the-art workout facility that offers a personalized wellness plan, fitness classes, club sports, and personal training. VCOM-Carolinas students are also offered the opportunity to play club sports through the Spartanburg Sports League.
Student residence options:
The town of Spartanburg, as well as nearby Greer, provides an array of housing opportunities for Carolinas campus students. Private apartment and town-home complexes catering to graduate students and young professionals are conveniently located throughout Spartanburg, and in neighboring communities. Carolinas campus students also enjoy the serene environment of the surrounding areas.
- Total medical school enrollment: 642
- Total male: 307
- Total female: 335
- First-year enrollment: 162
- First-year male: 71
- First-year female: 91
- First-year in-state: 43
- First-year out-of-state: 119
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 and that begin as early as year 2.
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 the Carolinas through free clinic experiences and community health projects. 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 Pediatric outreach, in OMM outreach, and serving free clinics and shelters 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 healthcare and public health practices.
VCOM has several outreach and other educational opportunities in the field of geriatrics for interested students.
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.
VCOM Carolinas wishes to provide an exciting unique experience for the clinical students while developing compassionate student physicians capable of caring for these extraordinary patients, through immunization and school health projects.
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 North and South Carolina, 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: Yes. 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: 7/1/2018
- 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:
- 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-Carolinas Campus includes an information session, one-on-one interviews, lunch with VCOM students, a tour of the area adjacent to campus, 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
- Behaviorial Science Courses (preparation for the MCAT)
First-Year Class Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.6%|
|Black or African American||7.4%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||1.2%|
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 Insurance and Disability Insurance**
*VCOM and VT
**Provided free by VCOM for all students, but is not considered a part of tuition or fees
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $27,580
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: $225,288
- 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