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.
Blacksburg, Virginia; College town; Virginia Tech
Year founded: 2003
Type: Private, non-profit
VCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
The VCOM Virginia campus includes four academic, clinical, and research buildings. The outdoor campus consists of 13 acres, an amphitheater, lakes, and a walking path that connects to a biking trail.
- The main facility offers two theater style high-tech classrooms, a state-of-the-art anatomy lab; 10 small group rooms, 4 conference rooms, student services, student lounges and food service, and the library. High definition video projection and recording allows all presentations to be recorded and displayed on VCOM TV for student review from home.
- The second building 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.
- Additional buildings include clinical and research laboratories within the VT research park.VCOM and VT Veterinary school faculty share laboratories within the One Health Research Center on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Student residence options:
The town of Blacksburg and the New River Valley provide an array of housing opportunities for Virginia campus students. Private apartment and town-home complexes catering to graduate students and young professionals are conveniently located across the street, throughout Blacksburg, and in neighboring communities. Virginia campus students also enjoy the serene environment of the surrounding rural areas.
- Total medical school enrollment: 732
- Total male: 341
- Total female: 391
- First-year enrollment: 183
- First-year male: 86
- First-year female: 97
- First-year in-state: 109
- First-year out-of-state: 74
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 0
The faculty of VCOM recognizes that students learn in a number of ways and VCOM uses hybrid curriculum consisting of lectures, computerized case tutorials, laboratory experiences, clinical skills laboratories, interprofessional education experiences, and early clinical experiences beginning as early as the OMS-II year. VCOM provides clinical training in core regional hospitals with VCOM clinical faculty.
Dual Degree 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 health care and public health practices.
Sports Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine
VCOM students have the opportunity to work with renowned sports medicine faculty who provide care for Division 1 athletes at Virginia Tech, Olympic athletes at Winter Games, PGA tournaments, and with athletes from Radford University and the region’s high school teams. The school also sponsors a sports medicine fellowship for those wishing to enter this field. A shared faculty offer hands-on instruction for the the sports medicine fellowship and the OMM residency.
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 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 Virginia, 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: 7/1/2019
- 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:
- 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-Virginia Campus includes an information session, one-on-one interviews, a tour of the Virginia campus, lunch with VCOM students, a tour of Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech 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
- Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: AACOMAS traffic guidelines
- 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
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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