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Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
445 Health Sciences Boulevard
Dothan, AL 36303

Main phone: (334) 699-2266
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Admissions office
Email: admissions@acomedu.org
Phone: (334) 699-2266
Fax: (334) 699-2268
Admissions Website

General Information

Mission Statement

ACOM's mission is to provide quality, learner-centered osteopathic education, research, and service, while promoting graduate medical education, with emphasis on patient-centered, team-based primary care to serve the medically underserved areas of Alabama, the Tri-State area, and the nation.

COM Description

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM), established to help address the physician workforce shortage in the state of Alabama and surrounding region, is Alabama's first osteopathic medical school and the academic division of a regional facility, the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Campus setting: Dothan, Alabama; Located a few short miles from the state lines of Florida and Georgia, Dothan is a primary gateway to the Gulf's majestic white sandy beaches, with excellent travel access through daily-scheduled non-stop jet service to Atlanta provided by Delta at the Dothan Regional Airport serving Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle. Dothan is the center for a recreation, business, fine arts, industry and agriculture, health care, and retail trade area covering a 60-mile radius. As the sixth largest city in the state, Dothan is an economically healthy and growing community built around the landmarks of its past and has become a melting pot known for its friendly atmosphere of southern hospitality.

Year founded: 2010

Type: Private, non-profit

Accreditation: 
The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) holds provisional accreditation status by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). ACOM will graduate its inaugural class in May 2017 and will obtain full accreditation at that time.

Institutional affiliation: 
ACOM is an academic division of the Houston County Health Care Authority (Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC)) in Dothan, AL.

Facilities:
The ACOM campus is designed to provide the full student experience. The 110,000-square-foot facility is equipped with the latest technology, creating a productive learning environment for students. The auditoria and laboratories are designed to provide increased visibility for each student during learning sessions. The college features a primarily electronic library, and the 5,500 sq. ft. Clinical Competency Center resembles the testing environment students will encounter during the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) exam. There are study spaces available throughout the facility with 18 specially-designated group rooms located on the third floor. The ACOM Bistro, conveniently located in the student lounge, features a daily selection of salads, sandwiches, and specials. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors can get the latest ACOM merchandise from the gift shop located next to the Bistro. The student lounge provides a perfect space for students to interact and relax between classes. The campus grounds are thoughtfully landscaped with acres of outdoor space for students to explore. The community green provides a great place for studying and relaxing between classes, as well as ample space for student activities and special events. The 5,000 sq. ft. osteopathic principles and practice (OPP) lab is equipped with 46 hydraulic examination tables and an overhead projection system that displays on large monitors. The anatomy lab is equipped with 20 dissection tables, an overhead projection system, and 2 monitors. In November 2016, ACOM opened an 11,000-square-foot Team-Based Learning Center and a 3,823-square-foot Research Center. The TBL Center is ideal for conducting small group activities and events, and is equipped with a digital video wall and projector screens. Adjacent to this facility is a Student Wellness area with exercise equipment, table tennis, and seating for group and individual study. The Research Center features state-of-art equipment for microscopy, tissue culture, and bench research.

Student residence options: 
ACOM is partnered with Corvias Campus Living to provide on-campus housing options for students. Summerfield Square, an apartment-style community, offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with private bathrooms, ample storage, and spacious floor plans, with amenities including a clubhouse with a fitness center, pool, and fire pit. In addition, Dothan provides an array of affordable housing opportunities for ACOM students within a short distance of the college. Private apartment and townhome complexes with amenities desirable to students and young professionals are conveniently located throughout the area and in neighboring communities.

2016-2017 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 162
  • Total male: 368
  • Total female: 229
  • First-year enrollment: 162
  • First-year male: 100
  • First-year female: 62
  • First-year in-state: 34
  • First-year out-of-state: 128
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 0

Curricular Offerings

The ACOM curriculum is a hybrid model utilizing discipline- and system-based delivery. Initially, the curriculum will present core concept knowledge in the traditional discipline-based manner, which includes a full first semester of basic foundational sciences and anatomy with cadaver dissection. Additional pre-clinical instruction is delivered in a systems-based format, concentrating on clinical integration with a patient-centered focus. This curriculum delivery model is complemented by longitudinal instruction in osteopathic principles and practice, high-fidelity patient simulation, and early standardized patient encounters. ACOM's third and fourth year clinical curriculum is delivered throughout the state of Alabama and beyond at community-based hospitals and clinics utilizing a network of physicians with more than 10 years of osteopathic clinical training experience. Students are assigned to a core clerkship site for their clinical training. In addition to the core curriculum, numerous electives will allow students to travel to locations that offer them the opportunity to develop residency training applications for a successful transition to graduate medical education.

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

DO/MBA
Dual Degree Program with Troy University Dothan

DO/MSM
Dual Degree Program with Troy University Dothan to obtain a Master of Science in Management, specializing in Leadership

DO/MSADE
Dual Degree Program with Troy University for ACOM Student Fellows to obtain the Master of Science in Adult Education (Non-Certification Program). Only offered to students accepted into the ACOM Anatomy/OPP Fellowship.

Preparatory Programs

None offered

Special Programs

None offered

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2017)
  • Primary application deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Submission timing for best consideration:
    For timely consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application as early as possible and 4 weeks prior to the latest filing date, as ACOM conducts a rolling admissions process.  

Admissions Process

Admission to ACOM is competitive and selective. All AACOMAS applications are screened within two weeks of receipt. Qualified candidates are then invited to submit a secondary application.

Any undergraduate major is acceptable, as long as prerequisites are passed and taken for credit at an accredited college or university. Completed applications are reviewed by the admissions staff to evaluate a candidate's academic ability, knowledge of and commitment to the tenets of osteopathic medicine, experience in health care and human services, community service, professionalism, communication skills, and personal integrity. Competitive applicants are scheduled for an on-campus interview. Through a rolling admissions process, applications are reviewed at regular intervals. Candidates who submit an application early and return all required documents promptly will be at an advantage in the admissions process. In addition to the personal interview, the Admissions Committee considers each applicant's academic and service history, along with MCAT scores and letters of recommendation. Students will be notified of a decision within approximately two weeks of the interview. ACOM does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students.

First-Year Class Matriculants' Selection Factors:
ACOM seeks to recruit and admit students from Alabama and the surrounding regions who are committed to serving the rural and medically underserved areas of the state and region. Although ACOM seeks students from this region, all qualified applicants are considered. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a Permanent Resident Visa. Admission to ACOM is competitive and selective. All AACOMAS applications are screened within two weeks of receipt. Qualified candidates are then invited to submit a secondary application. Any undergraduate major is acceptable, as long as prerequisites are passed and taken for credit at an accredited college or university. Completed applications are reviewed by the admissions staff to evaluate a candidate's academic ability, knowledge of and commitment to the tenets of osteopathic medicine, experience in healthcare and human services, community service, professionalism, communication skills and personal integrity. Competitive applicants are scheduled for an on-campus interview. ACOM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and Admissions Committee decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. Candidates who submit an application early and return all required documents promptly will be at an advantage in the admissions process. In addition to the personal interview, the Admissions Committee considers each applicant's academic and service history, along with MCAT scores and letters of recommendation. Students will be notified of a decision within approximately two weeks of the interview. ACOM does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability in its programs, activities, hiring or the admission of students. This policy applies in recruitment and admission of students, employment of faculty and staff, and scholarship and loan programs. It is followed in the operation of all other programs, activities and services of the College.

International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: 
No

MCAT

  • Oldest MCAT considered: August 2014
  • Accept September 2017 MCAT scores: Yes
  • Accept January 2018 MCAT scores: Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Virtual Evals
  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Interview Format

The interview agenda consists of a full-day program with college and curriculum overviews, an in-depth campus tour and one 30-minute open-file interview with two ACOM faculty members. Candidates will have the opportunity to meet and have lunch with ACOM students on the interview day. Applicant interviews are held from August through April.

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2017
  • Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Supplemental application requirements:
    In order to be accepted for a Supplemental Application, candidates must present a competitive science GPA, overall GPA, and MCAT score. Two letters of recommendation are required: a pre-medical advisor or committee (or letters from two science professors who taught the required sciences) on official letterhead with credentials; and letter of recommendation from a physician (DO preferred).
  • Fee waiver available: Yes
  • Waiver conditions: 
    Students receiving AACOMAS waiver are automatically eligible for ACOM waiver. Fees are paid at time of Supplemental submission and refunded once AACOMAS waiver is verified.
  • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
    Screened applicants: MCAT scores and GPA
  • Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses

Required:

  • 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

Recommended:

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology

Non-Science Courses

Required:

  • College English, 6 semester hours

Recommended:

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Bioethics
  • Humanities

Acceptances

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: Submitting the deposit within the relevant dates listed above indicates acceptance
  • Earliest acceptance date: 8/3/2017  
  • Latest acceptance date: Until class is filled
  • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/23/2018

Early Decision Program

  • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No     

First-Year Class Matriculants

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

‚Äč‚ÄčMatriculants from the 2015-2016 application cycle.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.63%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Black or African-American: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 9.38%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 58.13%
  • Multiple Races: 1.25%
  • Undisclosed: 5.63%  

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 76%
  • Non-Science majors: 24%
  • Graduate degree(s): 21%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2016-17 annual resident tuition: $46,050
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident tuition: $46,050
  • 2016-17 annual resident fees: $0
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident fees: $0
  • 2016-17 annual health insurance fee: Required
  • Fees include:  
    • Student Services
    • Lab
    • Computer
    • Student Activities
    • Technology (not computer)
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $28,000
  • Average 2016 graduate indebtedness: N/A

Deposit

  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000, non-refundable
  • Additional deposit amount: $0
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 92%
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: $45,450