Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Main Campus: Meridian, Idaho
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, spiritual rooms, mother’s rooms, outstanding technology, multiple study rooms, and a multi-million-dollar simulation lab. We are committed to educating students in the art and science of osteopathic medicine using the most current research in clinical and biomedical sciences.
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; in the last two years it ranked 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 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, townhouse, and homes for rent or purchase are conveniently located in the area and its surrounding communities
- Total medical school enrollment: 162
- Total male: 105
- Total female: 57
- First-year enrollment: 162
- First-year male: 105
- First-year female: 57
- First-year in-state: 42
- First-year out-of-state: 120
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 0
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 we at ICOM call “the 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
Admissions Process & Application Information
ICOM utilizes the centralized application process through AACOMAS. Secondary applications will be sent to screened applicants. Candidates who are invited to campus for an interview will have completed all the admission requirements, including the necessary letters of recommendation, secondary application, and reviewed the technical standards for admission and the Academic Handbook.
ICOM seeks to recruit students from Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and beyond. While we most actively recruit students from these areas, all qualified applicants are considered.
Completed applications are further reviewed and applicants who demonstrate academic ability, knowledge, and 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 and 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, however candidates who submit an application early and return all required documentation promptly will be at an advantage in the admissions process.
ICOM does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/2/2019)
- Primary application deadline: 4/1/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2020
- Submission timing for best consideration:
AACOMAS application should be submitted at least four weeks prior to April 1 deadline
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 us meet our mission.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: January 2017
- Accept September 2019 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Virtual Evals
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Supplemental application requirements:
- Supplemental Application sent to screened applicants: see http://www.idahocom.org/admissionsreq/
- Two LORs are required. One from a physician and one from a science faculty or a committee letter
- Applicants will be required to answer brief questions and a short essay
- Earliest Supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2019
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2020
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions: AACOMAS waiver
- Supplemental application fee: $65 non-refundable
ICOM will typically begin interviewing in late August and continue into April or until the class is full. Interviews are conducted on campus and will consist of one-on-one interviews. Applicants will receive a presentation on ICOM, financial aid, curriculum, clinical rotations, student services. Lunch will be provided with an opportunity to interact with current students.
- 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 with lab
- College English, 6 semester hours. Will consider writing-intensive courses.
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following traffic guideline schedule:
ICOM will have a two deposit system for applicants who interview early in the cycle (prior to Oct 15). The deposit system will be explained fully during the interview day and in the acceptance letter.
- Those accepted prior to Oct 15 will have until Nov. 15 to pay their first non-refundable deposit of $100. The second/final non-refundable deposit of $1500 will be due 30 days later (Dec 15.)
- Those accepted between October 16 and Jan 14 will have 30 days to pay the non-refundable deposit of $1600
- Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days to pay the non-refundable deposit of $1600
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- Earliest acceptance date: 8/1/2020
- Latest acceptance date: 7/31/2021
- 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: 7/31/2020
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||1%|
|Black or African American||1%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2018-19 annual resident tuition: $49,750
- 2018-19 annual non-resident tuition: $49,750
- 2018-19 annual resident fees: $2,500
- 2018-19 annual non-resident fees: $2,500
- 2018-19 annual health insurance fee: $3,760
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (includes computer)
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $20,900
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: N/A
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,600, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: ICOM will be eligible to apply for federal financial aid in August of 2020
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: Please contact financial aid for more information