Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Meridian, Idaho
COVID-19 Related Information
Interview Options for 2021-2022 Cycle: Virtual interviews only
Physician Letter Required? No
Shadowing Options: Accepts Either Virtual or In-Person Shadowing
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements? Yes
Accepts Prerequisite Coursework Pass/Fail Grades? Yes
Accepts Online Lab Coursework? Yes
The mission of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine is to train osteopathic physicians prepared for caring for persons in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and beyond.
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) was founded in 2016 to help address the regional physician shortage. The brand new 94,000 square foot building is student centered with student lounges, a spiritual room, a mother’s room, outstanding technology including being recognized as an Apple Distinguished institution, multiple study rooms, and a multi-million-dollar simulation lab. ICOM is committed to educating students in the art and science of osteopathic medicine using the most current research in clinical and biomedical sciences.
Urban. The ICOM campus is located in the urban city of Meridian, Idaho, 11 miles west of Boise. The area is nestled in majestic foothills that offer a unique sense of community, vibrant cultural and seasonal opportunities, and a quality of life second to none. Meridian has a semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons, low rain, and typically low snow fall. Meridian has been on record, more than once, in the top two spots on 24/7 Wall St.’s list of America’s 50 Best Cities To Live.
Year founded: 2016
Type: Private, for-profit
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) voted in December 2017 to allow the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) pre-accreditation with the ability to recruit and matriculate students for its inaugural class in fall 2018.
Institutional affiliation: None
ICOM is located on the campus of Idaho State University Health Sciences Center. Occupying 5.55 acres, the three story, 94,000-square-foot building offers a state-of-the-art learning environment. The academic space consists of:
- 12,222 square feet of classroom space
- Two lecture halls, each with 250-seat capacity, to be used for traditional lectures and have the ability to convert to group learning style seating
- One 60-seat classroom can be used for many activities including clinical skills and additional group learning space
- State-of-the-art simulation center
- 12 standardized patient rooms
- 3,479-square-foot OPP skills lab with 40 tables and a raised instruction station as well as flat-screen monitors for enhanced visual learning
- 24 small group study rooms located throughout the school
- 3,842-square-foot library providing extensive electronic resources as well as 36 study carrels, four of the group study rooms, and a large centralized study space
- Student locker facilities
- Six student study lounges, one with a cafe incorporated
- 1,920 square feet of dedicated research space
Student residence options:
ICOM is located in Meridian, recognized as the 10th fastest growing city in the United States. Meridian, with its close proximity to Boise, offers easy accessibility to the airport in addition to a wealth of activities for a variety of interests. The area offers many options for housing. Apartments, townhomes, and homes for rent or purchase are conveniently located in the area and its surrounding communities.
- Total medical school enrollment: 478
- Total male: 301
- Total female: 177
- First-year matriculants: 162
- First-year male matriculants: 100
- First-year female matriculants: 62
- Matriculants in-state: 33
- Matriculants out-of-state: 129
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 478
ICOM offers a highly-integrated system-based curriculum. During the first two years, foundational concepts in anatomy, biochemistry/cell biology, microbiology/immunology, pharmacology, and physiology will be continuously integrated in an interleaved fashion with clinical content and delivered through system-based courses. In addition to didactic lectures, most courses will include active learning, clinical small group learning activities, laboratory exercises, and standardized patient interaction.
Medical professionalism and professional competencies, all essential for an effective, compassionate, ethical, and competent osteopathic medical practice, will be taught in conjunction with traditional medical classes to create what ICOM calls “Caring and Competent Physician.” This method allows for seamless transition into the third- and fourth-year clinical rotations.
In years three and four, students are assigned to our core rotation sites in all five states within our mission. Clinical experiences will be in hospitals, rural clinics, clinics, and ambulatory settings.
Dual Degree Programs
The Idaho State University College of Business and the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine have partnered to offer ICOM students the opportunity to complete a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree while pursuing their DO degree through co-admission and co-enrollment. The DO-MHA program at Idaho State will provide ICOM student doctors with foundational conceptual, technical, and human relations skills that emphasize communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the healthcare environment, and business knowledge and related skills. Contact Makenzie Spaulding at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this program.
ICOM’s partnership with Idaho State will soon be offering availability of a concurrent Masters in Public Health (MPH) program for our osteopathic medical students. Those in the public health field are challenged with improving access to health care; monitoring and controlling infectious disease; reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse and injury; and many other global health issues. The intent of this program is directed at allowing osteopathic medical students to become competent in the knowledge and values of population health while identifying and maintaining mindfulness of their own personal and professional health care goals. Contact Makenzie Spaulding at email@example.com for more information on this program.
Admissions Process & Application Information
ICOM seeks to recruit students from Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and beyond. While ICOM actively recruits students from these areas, all qualified applicants are considered. ICOM does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability. ICOM utilizes the centralized application system through the AACOMAS portal. Candidates who are invited to campus for an interview will have completed all of the admission requirements. This includes the necessary letters of recommendation, a secondary application (sent to screened applicants), and applicants must have reviewed the Technical Standards for Admission as well as the Student Handbook. Completed applications are further reviewed and applicants who demonstrate academic ability, knowledge, commitment to osteopathic medicine, experience in health care, community service, professionalism, and integrity may be invited to ICOM for an interview. Each applicant interviewed will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The decision to offer admission will be based on the interview as well as the applicant’s academic and service history, MCAT scores, and letters of recommendation. ICOM uses a rolling admissions process. Candidates who submit an application early and return all required documentation promptly will be at an advantage in the admissions process.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2021)
- Primary application deadline: 4/1/2022
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2022
- Submission timing for best consideration:
AACOMAS application should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the deadline of 4/1/2022.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
ICOM is looking for qualified applicants who are well-rounded, inquisitive, bright, service-oriented, compassionate and caring individuals who will help meet their mission.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
Applicants must submit scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). For the current admissions cycle, ICOM will accept the MCAT administration from up to three years prior to the date of matriculation. ICOM requires a minimum score within the 50th percentile, with no score in each subsection lower than the 35th percentile.
- Oldest MCAT considered: 1/1/2019
- Accept September 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Supplemental application requirements:
- Supplemental Application sent to screened applicants: see https://www.idahocom.org/admission-aid/requirements/
- Two LORs are required. One from a DO/MD and one from a science faculty or a committee letter. The DO recommendation letter is strongly encouraged. The physician letter will be waived
- Applicants will be required to answer brief questions and short essays
- Earliest Supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2022
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions: AACOMAS waiver
- Supplemental application fee: $65 non-refundable
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic/General Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 6-8 semester hours
Non-Science Courses (Pre-Req. Requirements)
- College English, 6 semester hours.
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following traffic guideline schedule:
- Those accepted prior to January 15 will have 30 days to pay the non-refundable deposit of $1,500
- Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days to pay the non-refundable deposit of $1,500
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- Minimum time to accept offer: 30 days
- Earliest acceptance date: 8/1/2021
- Latest acceptance date: 8/1/2022
- Deferred entrance requests considered:
Yes. Requests for deferred entrance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/29/2022
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants (Entering Class 2020)
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2021-22 annual resident tuition: $54,300
- 2021-22 annual non-resident tuition: N/A
- 2021-22 annual resident fees: $2,500
- 2021-22 annual non-resident fees: N/A
- 2021-22 annual health insurance fee: $3,614
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (iPad)
- Library Services
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $19,908
- Average 2020 graduate indebtedness: N/A
- 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: 0%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: Please contact Financial Aid office for more information