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Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
3501 Arrowhead Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Main phone: (575) 674-2266

Admissions office
Phone: (575) 674-2210
Fax: (575) 674-2219
Admissions Website

General Information

Mission Statement

Para la gente y el futuro: For the people and the future, BCOM is dedicated to improving the health of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico through culturally humble undergraduate, graduate and continuing osteopathic medical education, research, and clinical service to the community. BCOM is focused on increasing diversity in the physician workforce and fostering a practice of life-long learning, compassion, respect, and excellence in its students.

COM Description

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is one of the nation's newest medical colleges. BCOM is student-centered, utilizing the most advanced technologies and learning methods to assure student and professional practice success in all fields of medicine, from primary care to subspecialties.

Campus setting: 
BCOM is located in Las Cruces, NM. A beautiful, temperate and vibrant area that is experiencing strong economic growth and a recipient of numerous recognitions as a top place for work, recreation, tourism, retirement and raising a family. El Paso, TX is the next closest city. 

Year founded: 2013

Type: Private, for-profit

BCOM is provisionally accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and licensed by the State of New Mexico Higher Education Department. This is the highest level of accreditation awarded to any new college of osteopathic medicine and becomes full accreditation just before graduation of the first class.

Institutional affiliation: 
New Mexico State University

BCOM sits on the New Mexico State University campus, near the football stadium. A seven acre, 80,000 square foot, three story facility contains the new osteopathic medical school.

Academic spaces include the following:

  • A state of the art Simulation Center.
  • Standardized Patient suite with 10 exam rooms, a control room, patient lounge, changing rooms and tech workspace.
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine lab with 30 stations and a raised instructor station.
  • Gross and virtual anatomy labs.
  • Two-tiered lecture halls providing visibility for all students that can be used for traditional lectures and be converted for collaborative learning.
  • Eleven seminar rooms for small groups. Student support spaces include the following:
  • Learning Center with library and quiet study areas, textbook storage, five group study rooms and a student work room.
  • Student locker facilities.
  • Two student lounges, each with access to the courtyard. The larger lounge is accompanied by a café.
  • Student fitness center at NMSU.

Student residence options: 
Please visit BCOM website for updates on housing.

2016-2017 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 162
  • Total male: 88
  • Total female: 74
  • First-year enrollment: 162
  • First-year male: 88
  • First-year female: 74
  • First-year in-state: 16
  • First-year out-of-state: 146
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 162

Curricular Offerings

BCOM employs an integrated, systems-based, applications-oriented approach, which is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to succeed as osteopathic physicians. The curriculum uses several educational approaches, including: traditional lectures, integrative sessions (using electronic response systems), laboratory and skills instruction, active learning (adult and interactive techniques), team-based learning, large and small group sessions, directed study, and clinical case presentations.

These learning formats foster comprehension, promote the application of knowledge, emphasize competency in osteopathic philosophy, develop clinical skills, and stimulate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

    Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

    DO/MBA The College of Business at New Mexico State University offers an MBA program in an executive style format designed specifically for medical students at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. The program consists of 36 hours of graduate course work plus background knowledge courses for those students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Business. The MBA program provided by NMSU is separate from the BCOM program in osteopathic medicine, and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission under the authority of NMSU. The MBA degree is awarded by NMSU. The NMSU's Graduate School admissions requirements must be met before applicants may be admitted to the MBA program. NMSU's Graduate School admission requirements can be found at

    Preparatory Programs

    Foundations in Biomedical Science
    This graduate program will allow students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions the opportunity to become better prepared to begin professional programs. More information can be found at

    Special Programs

    International Experience Elective
    The leadership team has developed important international collaborations with central health institutions in Chihuahua, Mexico for students desiring international medicine elective experience, including clerkships and residency components.

    Application Information

    • Primary application service: AACOMAS
    • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2017)
    • Primary application deadline: 4/2/2018
    • Supplemental application deadline: 4/16/2018
    • Submission timing for best consideration:
      For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application by March 15, 2018.

    Admissions Process

    BCOM seeks to recruit and admit students from the Borderplex region who have shown commitment to serving the medically underserved and rural areas of the state and region. Part of BCOM's Mission is to recruit students from Hispanic and Native American ancestry; however, all qualified applicants will be considered.

    Applicants are screened for academic excellence and achievements, clinical experience, leadership and service, perseverance, maturity, motivation, and awareness of the osteopathic profession.

    BCOM uses a competitive and selective admissions process. Each applicant is screened and qualified candidates are invited to submit a supplemental application. Every undergraduate major is accepted, as long as the prerequisite classes are passed (minimum grade of C- in each) at an accredited college or university. Completed applications are reviewed and competitive applicants are invited for an on-campus interview.

    BCOM uses a rolling admissions process, therefore, candidates who submit an application early and return all required documentation promptly are at an advantage in the process.

    BCOM does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability.

    First-Year Class Matriculants' Selection Factors: 
    Please see admissions process.

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


    • Oldest MCAT considered: August 2015
    • Accept September 2017 MCAT scores: Yes
    • Accept January 2018 MCAT scores: Yes

    Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

    • Virtual Evals
    • Interfolio
    • Paper
    • Email

    Interview Format

    Each candidate is invited for an on-site visit through the admissions process will be scheduled for interview day activities, including interview with BCOM faculty, a presentation by leadership, a campus tour of both BCOM and NMSU facilities, and lunch on campus with some of our current students (when available). This will allow applicants to ask any questions they may have.

    Supplemental Application

    • Supplemental application required? Yes
    • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/15/2017
    • Supplemental application deadline: 4/16/2018
    • Supplemental application requirements:
      In order for a student to receive a supplemental application they must have a complete and verified application through AACOMAS, all letters of recommendation and other pertinent materials. The student must also meet all minimum admissions requirements of a 3.0 Science GPA and a 493 on the MCAT.
    • Fee waiver available: Yes
    • Waiver conditions: 
      A student must provide documentation or a copy of the AACOMAS fee waiver.
    • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
      Screened applicants: Minimum overall Science GPA of 3.0 and a 493 on the MCAT.
    • Supplemental application fee: $80

    Premedical Coursework

    Science Courses


    • Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours
    • Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours
    • Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours
    • Physics, 8 semester hours
    • Science Electives, 3 semester hours


    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Biostatistics

    Non-Science Courses


    • College English, 6 semester hours


    • Behavioral Sciences


    Applicants will be required to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
    • Those accepted prior to November 15 will have 30 days.
    • Those accepted between November 15 and April 30 will have 15 days.
    • Those accepted after May 1 may be asked for an immediate deposit.
    • Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: 30 days
    • Earliest acceptance date: 8/31/2017  
    • Latest acceptance date: August 2018
    • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes.
      Must have a valid reason to defer. Deferment must be approved by the Office of Student Affairs, who will submit the request to the Dean.
    • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 8/6/2018 

    Early Decision Program

    • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No     

    First-Year Class Matriculants

    First-Year Class Matriculants

    Matriculants from the 2015-2016 application cycle.

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.64%
    • Asian: 21.79%
    • Black or African-American: 5.13%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 17.31%
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 42.95%
    • Multiple Races: 3.85%
    • Undisclosed: 8.33%

    Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

    • Science majors: 67%
    • Non-Science majors: 33%
    • Graduate degree(s): 24%  

    Financial Information

    Tuition and Fees

    • 2016-17 annual resident tuition: $46,650
    • 2016-17 annual non-resident tuition: $46,650
    • 2016-17 annual resident fees: $3,200
    • 2016-17 annual non-resident fees: $3,200
    • 2016-17 annual health insurance fee: $0
    • Fees include:
      • Student Services
      • Computer
      • Student Activities
      • Technology (not computer)
    • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $27,166
    • Average 2016 graduate indebtedness: N/A


    • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $3,000, non-refundable
    • Additional deposit amount: $0
    • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

    Financial Aid

    • Financial Aid Website
    • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 0%
    • Scholarships: Yes
    • Average scholarship/grant: $11,663

    The 2017-2018 application cycle closes April 2, 2018.

    The 2018-2019 application cycle opens the first week of May 2018. See the 2018-2019 College Information Book for corresponding content.