Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Main Campus: Harrogate, TN
Additional Locations: Knoxville, TN
COVID-19 Related Information
Offers Virtual Interviews: Yes
Requires a Letter from a Physician: DO or MD Letter Required
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes
Accepts Online Lab Coursework: Yes
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework: No
To prepare outstanding osteopathic physicians who are committed to the premise that the cornerstone of meaningful existence is service to humanity. The mission of LMU-DCOM is achieved by: graduating Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine; providing a values-based learning community as the context for teaching, research, and service; serving the health and wellness needs of people both within the Appalachian region and beyond; focusing on enhanced access to comprehensive health care for underserved communities; investing in quality academic programs supported by superior faculty and technology; embracing compassionate, patient-centered care that values diversity, public service, and leadership as an enduring commitment to professionalism and the highest ethical standards; facilitating the growth, development, and maintenance of graduate medical education.
The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the main campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. A second location opened in Knoxville, Tennessee, in fall of 2019. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond.
Harrogate, Tennessee: rural
Knoxville, Tennessee: suburban
Year founded: 2006
Type: Private, non-profit
LMU-DCOM holds accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). COCA also granted LMU-DCOM approval for an additional location and class size increase in Knoxville, TN, starting Fall 2019. Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- Lincoln Memorial University
- DCOM at LMU-Knoxville
LMU-DCOM has two locations; the first is on the main campus of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in Harrogate, Tennessee. The Harrogate campus is surrounded by the beautiful Cumberland Mountains and is approximately 55 miles north of Knoxville.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is nearby and can be reached via walking and bike trails that cross the LMU campus and lead into the National Park. LMU-DCOM is a state-of-the-art, 105,000 square foot facility completed in the summer of 2007. The building is four stories high and includes two large auditoria, a learning resource center with access to the Reed Medical and Allied Health Library located on the main campus, 15 student conference/study rooms, a telemedicine/distance learning center, an osteopathic principles and practice laboratory, 10 mock clinic exam rooms, simulation laboratories, an anatomy laboratory, and a large student lounge. The Hamilton Math and Science building, completed in 2012, is the largest building on the LMU campus. At 140,000 square feet, it is approximately 25 percent larger than the LMU-DCOM building. It houses a 400-seat auditorium, microscopy suite and over 4,600 square feet of research labs to enable faculty and students to engage in more research activity. The building also has complete wireless Internet integration and full high definition and digital classrooms. Also in the building is a much larger anatomy suite with four pods to accommodate professional students
The second location, DCOM at LMU-Knoxville, is located in West Knoxville. The main academic building for DCOM at LMU-Knoxville is over 110,000 square feet and will support the academic and clinical skills training of osteopathic medical students with two auditoria (a 320 seat and a 360 seat), twenty-six mock clinical exam rooms, a two-pod gross anatomy lab, eight high-fidelity simulation labs and a classroom with 40 osteopathic manipulation tables.
Student residence options:
The University Inn Apartments and two new apartment buildings are located in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Residents can choose from either studio apartments and two- or three-room units. The University Inn was renovated in 2007 to include 96 one-room studio apartments and 30 two-room apartments. Each apartment is furnished with built-in cabinets, a bookcase, a desk with chair, a queen bed, a nightstand, a dining table with two chairs, a refrigerator, a stove, and a convection oven/microwave. Common areas include a lounge, 24-hour study area, conference facilities, outdoor swimming pool, picnic area, exercise room, volleyball and basketball court, and laundry facilities.
- Total medical school enrollment: 1,050
- Total male: 565
- Total female: 485
- First-year enrollment: 368
- First-year male: 176
- First-year female: 192
- First-year in-state: 91
- First-year out-of-state: 152
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 4,867
The curriculum is designed to integrate the biological, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, and is divided into two phases: Preclinical Curriculum (years one and two) and Clinical Experiences (years three and four). A primary care physician must be skilled in problem solving and demonstrate expertise in diagnosis. In order to achieve this goal, the LMU-DCOM curriculum emphasizes the integration of the basic and clinical sciences in medical practice. LMU-DCOM is committed to embracing holistic care, diversity, and public service as an enduring commitment to responsibility and high ethical standards.
Dual Degree Programs
The DO/MBA program provides osteopathic medical students with a thorough understanding of business principles useful to a physician (four-year program).
Master of Science programs
In today’s competitive world, it is essential for students to acquire as much knowledge as they can throughout their undergraduate and graduate studies. Our MS program will allow you as a student one year* to specifically focus your studies in the direction of your choice. Whether you plan to go on to medical/veterinary school, earn your PhD or teach at the secondary or community college level, we have the academic path for you. During your time in LMU’s MS program, you will have an opportunity to study in state-of-the-art facilities while engaging with graduate faculty from the School of Mathematics and Sciences, the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine(DCOM), Carter and Moyers School of Education and the College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM).
Gross Anatomy Boot Camp
LMU-DCOM offers a three-week intensive anatomy course to incoming osteopathic medical students. The course is designed for incoming first-year osteopathic medical students who wish to start learning Gross Anatomy prior to the start of school. During the three-week course, students will begin each day at 8:30 a.m.with a quiz over the previous day’s material. The quizzes encourage long-term mastery of medical gross anatomy. Course material will be presented through small group discussions and time in the LMU-DCOM anatomy lab. There will be a heavy emphasis on the clinical aspects of anatomy so that the student can equate various physical signs and symptoms with anatomical pathology. The class day concludes at 4 p.m. each day.
International Medicine programs
International rotations are available.
Admissions Process & Application Information
Once applications are complete with a supplemental application, official MCAT, and required LORs, they are reviewed holistically. Selected applicants will be invited to interview. The Admission Committee will make a final status decision based on the entire application packet.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/5/2020)
- Primary application deadline: 3/15/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2021
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to the deadline.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
The Admissions Committee will select students for admission based on a variety of factors. When reviewing application files, the committee will consider the applicant’s overall grade point average (GPA), grades in individual courses, undergraduate curriculum, prerequisite courses, any advanced-level laboratory science courses, exposure to osteopathic medicine and its practitioners, employment in the medical field, participation in volunteer experiences, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, background, MCAT scores, and any other pertinent information. We seek to enroll students who are inquisitive, intuitive, and compassionate; who possess a passion for the science and art of medicine; and who desire to serve others in underserved areas.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes
International students will be considered for the Harrogate campus only. Strong consideration will be given to international students who have ties to Appalachia. Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) students will not be considered for admission to LMU-DCOM.
- Oldest MCAT considered: May 2017
- Accept September 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2021
- Supplemental application requirements:
All applicants must complete the supplemental application in order to be considered for admission. There will be a non-refundable institutional processing fee of $50.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
If you qualify for an AACOMAS waiver, we will waive the supplemental processing fee.
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
- Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable
Each applicant has one interview with two faculty members; the interview will last up to 30 minutes
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours with lab
*Will accept a combination of 16 hours of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.
- English (or other writing-intensive coursework), 6 semester hours
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
- After May 15 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges
- Earliest acceptance date: 9/1/2020
- Latest acceptance date: 8/1/2021
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
Accepted applicants must pay their matriculation deposit and then request a deferral in writing. If approved by the Dean, their deposit is moved to the next cycle and applied on their first semester tuition.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/26/2021
Early Decision Program
Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.8%|
|Black or African American||2.7%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2019-20 annual resident tuition: $51,140
- 2019-20 annual non-resident tuition: $51,140
- 2019-20 annual resident fees: $230
- 2019-20 annual non-resident fees: $230
- 2019-20 Annual Health Insurance Fee: NA
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $23,600
- Average 2019 graduate indebtedness: $279,678
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,250, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 87%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: Limited number of scholarships averaging $1,500
Contacts & Additional Resources
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
Main Phone: (800) 325-0900
Phone: (423) 869-7090
Fax: (423) 869-7172