Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine - ARCOM

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General Information

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) is a state-of-the-art medical school located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. ARCOM will train physicians using small group learning focusing on the integration of basic science knowledge with clinical application.

  • ARCOM Main Building
  • ARCOM Campus with students cycling by
  • ARCOM Student Health Fair

Mission Statement

The mission of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) is to educate and train compassionate osteopathic physicians, skilled in the science of patient-centered osteopathic medical care, dedicated to the ethical and social principles of the osteopathic profession, committed to lifelong learning, and focused on service to the underserved. This mission will be accomplished at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels through excellence in teaching, research, service, and scholarly activity.

Closest City Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) is located on nearly 600 acres of land at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Campus Setting



The campus is located in Arkansas's third largest city but don't let that fool you. It is still a rural environment with a small-town feel. Nestled in the river valley region, surround by tall pines, the ARCOM building promotes the highest level in information technology.

Our team-based learning curriculum is supported by several student conference/study rooms. The Simulation and Standardized Patient Labs offer students the opportunity to experience real life, hands-on training within their first semester. The Anatomy Lab and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Lab will each accommodate 80 students and includes the latest technology. There is also an Anatomy Model Lab which allows for additional study opportunities.

Research facilities include a 3500 square foot space on the main campus that is available for faculty and student use. In addition, the ACHE Research Institute Health and Wellness Center is located 10-15 minutes from campus and will include approximately 100,000 square foot of research space. Renovation is expected to be complete in early 2024.

Wellness is strongly supported at ACHE/ARCOM. The facilities, curriculum and offered activities are designed to improve the mental and physical health of our students, as well as faculty and staff. Some examples include artwork throughout the building, a park and fitness center on campus, walking/biking trails that connect to campus, nutrition and exercise information sessions, and an on-site therapist.

Student Residence Options

On-campus housing is available at The Residents and The Village at Heritage apartments with studio, one- and two-bedroom layouts, featuring the following amenities: swimming pool, fitness center, pavilion, dog park, study rooms, washer and dryer, refrigerator, microwave, and 24-hour protection by our campus police force. Also included in the affordable price are all utilities, internet, and cable.

Located adjacent to ARCOM, the apartments offer students comfort and convenient. All students are welcome to live on campus, as space allows, including their significant other and children, if applicable.

Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

University Affiliation(s) Arkansas Colleges of Health Education

Student Demographics
  • Entering Class 2022

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Main Contact

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine - ARCOM

7000 Chad Colley Blvd., Fort Smith, Arkansas 72917


(479) 308-2243


Admissions Office

(479) 308-2292


Curricular Offerings

ARCOM utilizes a helical curriculum with emphasis on active learning and problem solving to prepare students to meet the competencies established by the profession, and to provide opportunity for students to obtain the level of knowledge, skills, and professionalism required of osteopathic physicians.

Emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, the curriculum guides students to develop a holistic, osteopathic approach to medicine continuously correlating basic science information and methodology with fundamental clinical application. Early clinical experiences, medical outreach opportunities, classroom lecture demonstration, team-based learning, hands-on laboratory sessions, small-group, case-based learning, the use of standardized patients and simulation, as well as guided independent study opportunities will be utilized.

Emphasis is placed on preparing students to become primary care physicians. Goals of the curriculum are to foster not only the acquisition of knowledge and skills, but also the assessment, evaluation, and application of factual knowledge in the clinical context.

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaurete Programs Offered

MS, Biomedicine
The MSB degree is a 30-credit hour program designed to be completed in one year. Courses are taught by ARCOM faculty and held in the medical school.

Premedical Coursework

Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.
Science Courses

3 semester hours

Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Additional Science Courses
Required: Science Electives, 4 semester hours
Non-Science Courses
Behavioral Sciences
College English

6 semester hours



ARCOM operates on a rolling-admission process. All course work and MCAT scores must be verified by AACOMAS before applications will be reviewed. Qualified applicants are invited to submit a Secondary Application and later attend an interview, when appropriate.

ARCOM will evaluate applicants with a holistic approach based on fit for our mission as well as academic ability and offer admission accordingly. Although not required, it is highly recommended that applicants take the CASPer test and have scores sent to ARCOM. More information on CASPer can be found on the ARCOM Admissions website.

Admissions Processes

Interview Options: In-person interviews only

Physician letter required? DO Only

Virtual Shadowing Options? Will accept EITHER virtual or in-person shadowing

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

In-person course completion is preferred.  To discuss special circumstances, please contact the admissions office -

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? No

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? Yes, but only in certain circumstances (please explain)

Official MCAT scores are required, with a test date no later than May 2020. To discuss special circumstances, please contact the admissions office -

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes, but only in certain circumstances (please explain)

In-person lab work is preferred.  To discuss special circumstances, please contact the admissions office -
Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 4, 2023

Primary Application Deadline: March 31, 2024

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application early in the admission cycle, during the summer or fall months.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

ARCOM does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in the recruiting and selection of students for admission. ARCOM seeks to recruit and admit students from Arkansas and surrounding regions who are committed to serving the rural and medically under-served areas or the state and region.

Admission to ARCOM is competitive, selective, and designed to advance ARCOM’s mission and values. Any undergraduate major is acceptable as long as prerequisites are completed and taken for credit at regionally accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Complete applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee to evaluate a candidate’s academic ability, knowledge of and commitment to osteopathic medicine, community service, professionalism, communication skills, and personal integrity. Competitive applicants are scheduled for an on-campus interview.

International Students Accepted? Does Not Accept International Students

Are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students considered for admissions? No

Application Interview Format: See Below

ARCOM interviews run July through April. The schedule includes interviews with faculty and community representatives, as well as information about ARCOM campus life, curriculum, financial aid resources, research opportunities, medical outreach programs, clinical rotation sites, and residency programs affiliated with ARCOM. Applicants will also receive a tour of the campus, enjoy lunch with current students and discussion time with administration.

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

Secondary Applications will be made available to applicants who are best suited to fulfill the mission, values, and goals of ARCOM and will expire within 30 days.

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: May 15, 2023

Supplemental Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened Applicants

Secondary Applications will be made available to applicants who are best suited to fulfill the mission, values, and goals of ARCOM.

Supplemental Application Fee: $50, non-refundable

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? Yes

Applicants who receive an AACOMAS fee waiver are eligible to have their ARCOM supplemental application fee waived.
Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

August 1, 2023

Latest Acceptance Date

July 17, 2024

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 15, 2024

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

Acceptance/deposit deadlines conform to the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines Schedule? Yes

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 April 30 will have 14 days.
  • Those accepted on or after May 1 may be asked for an immediate deposit.
  • After May 1 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.
MCAT/GPA Information

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Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score


Oldest MCAT Considered: May 1, 2020

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Main Admissions Contact

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

2023-2024 Academic Year


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Please see the ACHE Financial Aid website for additional information -

Estimates, Deposits, and More

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Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Non-refundable deposit is applied toward first semester tuition at matriculation.

Deposit Refundable? No

Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 84%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: $2,560