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 four campuses, one in Blacksburg, VA; one in Spartanburg, SC; one in Auburn, AL; and one in Monroe, LA. VCOM is committed to serving the needs of patients in medically underserved areas and medically underserved populations. The VCOM Louisiana campus is committed to Louisiana and to the surrounding Delta Region. VCOM interviews students committed to service and working with patients from medically underserved populations from other states.
The VCOM-Louisiana campus will be beautifully placed on the bayou on the University of Louisiana (ULM) campus. The VCOM-Louisiana will be surrounded by the ULM athletic grounds and the bayou. The campus will have a walking path along the bayou for students and faculty, with easy access to the ULM campus and shared resources nearby. The campus is currently under construction.
Year founded: 2019
Type: Private, non-profit
VCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
The University of Louisiana Monroe
The building will be 90,000 square feet and four stories. It will include:
- two 4,100-square-foot, two-story classrooms that seat more than 200;
- a 4,100-square-foot anatomy lab;
- a 3,300-square-foot osteopathic manipulative medicine lab;
- a large simulation and standardized patient center;
- 7,500 square foot multi -purpose space;
- 20 small-group study rooms;
- large, quiet study areas; and
- three student lounges.
Student residence options:
Multiple offerings for Apartments, Condominium Rental and House rentals fairly close to campus. We can assist with areas.
Not yet available. Plans are to open to the campus to students in the fall of 2020.
- Total medical school enrollment: NA
- Total male: NA
- Total female: NA
- First-year enrollment: NA
- First-year male: NA
- First-year female: NA
- First-year in-state: NA
- First-year out-of-state: NA
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: NA
The curriculum at VCOM is innovative and modern. Students assimilate knowledge through instruction which is lecture based or through online modules, reading, small group learning and discussion, laboratory and computer-based student learning clinical tutorials, anatomy and microbiology laboratory experiences, simulated clinical laboratory experiences, physical diagnosis laboratory experiences, and osteopathic manipulative medicine clinical laboratory experiences. Students begin inter-professional early clinical experiences one day per week in the later blocks of the second year and transition to predominately clinical experiences in the third and fourth year. The VCOM curriculum is directed toward the development of a primary care physician. The VCOM faculty believes whether a student chooses primary care or a medical specialty, he or she will benefit from broad based primary care knowledge and a whole patient approach to medical care. The VCOM curriculum includes the most modern medical diagnostic evaluations and evidence based medical care. The VCOM curriculum prepares students well to enter ACGME residency programs. In addition, Osteopathic Principles and Manipulation are taught throughout the four years of the curriculum.
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 will provide health care for medically underserved and disadvantaged populations in the Delta Region in Northern Louisiana through free clinic experiences and community health projects. Students will 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 will 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 health care and public health practices.
Research and Sports Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine
We will have research opportunities in basic, clinical and medical education research spanning all disciplines. We strive to be particularly strong in sports med, cancer, genomics/genetics, informatics, biomechanics, functional and precision medicine.
VCOM 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 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 includes an information session, one-on-one interviews, tours of the campus and the surrounding area, lunch, 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 (Data Not Yet Available)
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2018-19 annual resident tuition: NA
- 2018-19 annual non-resident tuition: NA
- 2018-19 annual resident fees: NA
- 2018-19 annual non-resident fees: NA
- 2018-19 annual health insurance fee: NA
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Health Service
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: NA
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: NA
- 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: NA
- Scholarships: NA
- Average scholarship/grant: NA
Contacts & Additional Resources
4020 Northeast Road, Sandel 311
Monroe, LA 71209
Main phone: (318) 342-7100
Phone: (334) 442-4050