Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus - VCOM-Carolinas

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Branch Campus

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General Information

VCOM is a fully accredited osteopathic college with four campuses, one in Blacksburg, VA in a public/private collaboration with Virginia Tech; one in Auburn, AL in a public/private collaboration with Auburn University, one in Monroe, Louisiana in a public/private collaboration with ULM, and one in Spartanburg, SC where VCOM participates in “College Town” an ongoing group of colleges located in the community who work together for various student activities.

Students who apply to one of VCOM’s campuses are provided an option to be considered at other VCOM campuses in the secondary application, ranking their choice of campuses (rather than paying for 4 applications). VCOM is committed to the recruitment of students committed to their mission and a future of working with patients from medically underserved populations in the Appalachian and Delta region of the country. VCOM is also committed to meeting the primary care needs in the Southeastern United States.  

  • VCOM-Carolinas anatomy classroom
  • Students doing handstands against a wall mural
  • VCOM-Carolinas students playing Tug-of-War outdoors

Mission Statement

The mission of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is to prepare globally minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations and promote research to improve human health. VCOM faculty, staff, and students are committed to the mission as can be seen in the many service–based learning experiences, Appalachian and Delta region outreach programs, and international outreach.
Facilities

Closest City Auburn, SC

Campus Setting

Urban

Facilities

Voted the eighth most beautiful medical school campus in the nation, the main Carolinas campus building is 70,000 square feet and located on a beautiful 18-acre campus with a lake and walking trail. 

  • The main 80,000+-square-foot academic building on the Carolinas campus offers two theatre style classrooms with state–of–the–art technology that allows recorded presentations for later view; wireless access throughout, a state-of-the-art anatomy lab; and 20 moderately-sized group learning rooms. 
  • Additional buildings include a research facility, facilities for human resources and finance, a facility housing the OMM clinical practices, and a turn of the century home under restoration for events. 
  • Simulation and Technology Center: The third floor houses a state-of-the-art Center for Simulation and Technology including simulated patient treatment rooms, and manikin–based training laboratories for pediatric, adult, and obstetrical training and clinical procedural skills laboratories. 
  • YMCA Program: Students at the VCOM-Carolinas campus are offered a membership to the YMCA of Spartanburg. The YMCA provides a wide variety of education and recreational programs that foster growth in spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA is a state-of-the-art workout facility that offers a personalized wellness plan, fitness classes, club sports, and personal training. VCOM-Carolinas students are also offered the opportunity to play club sports through the Spartanburg Sports League. 

Student Residence Options

The community of Spartanburg provides an array of housing opportunities for rent in a new housing development next to campus and in downtown Spartanburg just blocks away from the campus. (Purchase is not recommended as third– and fourth–year clinical education also occurs in communities outside of Spartanburg). Private apartment and townhome complexes cater to graduate students and young professionals.
Student Activities & Support Services
Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status VCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

University Affiliation(s) VCOM-Auburn, VCOM-Virginia, VCOM-Louisiana

Student Demographics
  • 2023-2024

Academic Year Enrollment

Total Medical School Enrollment

632

Total Male

260

Total Female

372

Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions

632

First-Year Matriculants

136

First-Year Male Matriculants

55

First-Year Female Matriculants

81

Matriculants In-State

44

Matriculants Out-of-State

92

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.0%

Asian

11.8%

Black/African American

2.2%

Hispanic/Latino

8.8%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

White

72.1%

Multiple Races

3.7%

Undisclosed

1.5%

Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors

85.8%

Non-Science Majors

14.2%

Graduate Degrees

5.1%

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Overview

Private Institution

Non-Profit

VCOM-Auburn, VCOM-Virginia, VCOM-Louisiana

Institutional Affiliation

2010

Year Founded

Urban

Campus Setting

Campus Contact

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus - VCOM-Carolinas

350 Howard Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303

Address

(864) 327-9800

Phone

Admissions Office

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Curricular Offerings

The curriculum at VCOM is innovative and modern. VCOM faculty recognizes that students learn in a variety of ways and prefer variety in the curriculum delivery. Students assimilate knowledge through instruction which is lecture based or through online modules, reading, small group learning and discussion, laboratory and computer-based student learning clinical tutorials, anatomy, and microbiology laboratory experiences, simulated clinical laboratory experiences, physical diagnosis laboratory experiences, and osteopathic manipulative medicine clinical laboratory experiences. Students begin inter-professional early clinical experiences one day per week in the later blocks of the second year and transition to predominately clinical experiences in the third and fourth year.

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaureate Programs Offered

Bluefield College Masters of Arts in Biomedical Sciences – in partnership with VCOM
VCOM has partnered with Bluefield College to convert our Graduate Certificate Program into a Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences.

For information on VCOM’s preparatory programs, visit https://www.vcom.https://www.vcom.edu/premedical_admissionsedu/premedical_admissions

Special Programs

Rural and Medically Underserved Populations Outreach
As a part of the service-based curriculum and through multiple outreach programs facilitated by the College, faculty and students provide health care for medically underserved and disadvantaged populations in Virginia. Students participate in projects to improve the health and wellness of a community as a part of their curriculum, as well as through their student professional organization volunteer programs. 

Global Outreach
Embracing the one world – one health concept, VCOM faculty and students provide global health outreach programs in El Salvador, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Students benefit from the sharing of cultural experiences, medical education and public health practices that in turn improve the health of the remote communities served. VCOM provides sustainable year-round health clinics in all three countries.

Geriatrics
VCOM has several outreach and other educational opportunities in the field of geriatrics for interested students.

Via Wellness Program
To promote a healthy mind, body, and spirit, faculty and students know the message must start at home. Faculty and students structure and participate in the Via Wellness Program, the program provides enrichment to campus life through a wide variety of sports, individual exercise programs, a social program, cultural programs, and spiritual programs. Families are included in all programs. Fitness awards are provided for those who achieve various levels of participation.

Pediatrics Outreach
VCOM Carolinas wishes to provide an exciting unique experience for the clinical students while developing compassionate student physicians capable of caring for these extraordinary patients, through immunization and school health projects.

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs Offered

DO/MPH
www.vcom.edu/academics

Premedical Coursework

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

4 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required

6 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)
Required

6 semester hours

Genetics
Recommended
Microbiology
Recommended
Physics
Required

6 semester hours

Physiology
Recommended
Additional Science Courses

Additional required biomedical credits: 9 semester hours. See recommended courses.

Non-Science Courses
College English
Required

6 semester hours

Admissions

VCOM utilizes a rolling admissions process. The steps below outline our admissions process:

  • Determine if you are a qualified applicant.
  • Submit your application.
  • If invited, complete the secondary application.
  • Submit letters of recommendation
  • If invited, schedule your interview.
Admissions Processes

Interview Options: In-person interviews only

Physician letter required? N/A; no physician letter required

Virtual Shadowing Options? Will not require any shadowing

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes, but only in certain circumstances (please explain)

Only in certain circumstances

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes, but only in certain circumstances (please explain)

Only in certain circumstances

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

Only in certain circumstances
Application Information

Primary Application Service: AACOMAS

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 6, 2024

Primary Application Deadline: April 11, 2025

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least five weeks in advance of the latest filing date, as VCOM is on a rolling admissions process and seats may be filled prior to this date.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

VCOM seeks to admit the greater portion of the class from qualified applicants who grew up in or are based in North and South Carolina, followed by students from the southern Appalachian and Delta states; and traditionally medically underserved regions. (Target states for all VCOM campuses include Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia).

VCOM screens all AACOMAS applications within 2 to 3 weeks of receipt. Candidates who present a strong overall and science GPA in the last 90 hours are encouraged to apply. Students must have an acceptable MCAT score, however VCOM considers students from target states with a GPA >3.7 with lower but acceptable MCAT scores. VCOM will then invite students to complete a secondary application.

Completed applications are reviewed for academic preparedness, healthcare experience, volunteer outreach, fit with VCOM’s mission, and commitment to osteopathic medicine. VCOM utilizes a rolling admissions process. Thus, candidates who submit an application early and return all required documents promptly will be at an advantage in the admissions process. VCOM recognizes, values and affirms that diversity contributes to the richness of the academic programs of the college.

International Students Accepted? Accepts International Students

Permanent residents are considered, and a non-U.S. citizen is considered in rare occasions.

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

Application Interview Format: Traditional

Early Decision Program (EDP)

EDP Offered? Yes

Admissions EDP Available For

Both In-state and Out-of-State

EDP Application Due Date

June 15, 2024

EDP Supplemental Materials Due

July 15, 2024

EDP Applicants Notified

September 30, 2024

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

 
Supplemental applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
In addition to completing a secondary application, a letter of recommendation from a premedical advisor or science faculty member who has taught the applicant is required. If an applicant has worked with a physician in their volunteer or previous work experience, then a letter of recommendation from that physician is recommended.

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: May 6, 2024

Supplemental Application Deadline: July 15, 2025

Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened Applicants

In order to be considered for a Secondary Application, candidates must present a competitive science GPA, overall GPA and MCAT score. (See VCOM’s website for more information.)

Supplemental Application Fee: $30

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? Yes

AACOMAS Fee Waiver
Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

September 1, 2024

Latest Acceptance Date

August 1, 2025

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 15, 2025

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 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 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

Mean MCAT Score

501.9

Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score

3.68

Oldest MCAT Considered: April 1, 2021

Latest MCAT Score Accepted: January 1, 2025

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Interfolio
  • Paper

Main Admissions Contact

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

2024-2025 Academic Year

Tuition

In-State Tuition

$51,800

Out-of-State Tuition

$51,800

Fees

Annual Fees

In-State Resident Fees

$0

Out-of-State Resident Fees

$0

Health Insurance Fee

$0

Estimates, Deposits, and More

Estimated Annual Room Board, Books, and Living Costs

$34,190

Average Graduate Indebtedness

$211,028

Acceptance Deposit

$1,500

Additional Deposit

$0

Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? No

Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 85%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: $8,953