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

Monroe, Louisiana

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-Louisiana campus on the Bayou DeSiard
  • Pediatric simulation lab
  • VCOM-LAs OMM lab

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 Monroe, LA

Campus Setting

Suburban

Facilities

The VCOM Louisiana campus includes a 100,000-square-foot academic facility, on the bayou and includes outdoor patios and a walking path. 

  • The main facility offers two theater-style high-tech classrooms, a state-of the-art anatomy lab, 20 small-group rooms, 4 conference rooms, student lounges, food service, and a library. High-definition video projection and recording allows all presentations to be recorded and later displayed through VCOM TV for student review. 
  • The Simulation and Technology Center in the facility houses all Medical Simulation and Technology, which includes clinical medical procedural skills laboratories, simulated patient exam rooms with recording capability and EMR technology, and patient simulation laboratories, and high-tech mannequin simulators for pediatric, adult, and obstetrical procedural training. 
  • The osteopathic manipulation and physical examination lab provides electronic tables are located within the facility along with a small group classroom theatre. State of the art, high definition video capability assures optimal education. 
  • Research laboratories are present in collaboration with the University. VCOM students also have access to many other resources from University through their collaborative agreement. 

Student Residence Options

The communities of Monroe and West Monroe provide an array of housing opportunities for rent. (Purchase is not recommended as third– and fourth-year clinical education also occurs in communities outside of Monroe). Private apartment and townhome complexes cater to graduate students and young professionals and are conveniently located on campus and throughout the community and apartments just down the street.
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-Carolinas, VCOM-Virginia, University of Louisiana Monroe

Student Demographics
  • 2023-2024

Academic Year Enrollment

Total Medical School Enrollment

618

Total Male

249

Total Female

369

Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions

618

First-Year Matriculants

123

First-Year Male Matriculants

55

First-Year Female Matriculants

68

Matriculants In-State

61

Matriculants Out-of-State

62

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.0%

Asian

20.3%

Black/African American

7.3%

Hispanic/Latino

4.1%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

White

63.4%

Multiple Races

3.3%

Undisclosed

1.6%

Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors

86.3%

Non-Science Majors

13.7%

Graduate Degrees

17.1%

VCOM-Louisiana seal

Overview

Private Institution

Non-Profit

VCOM-Auburn, VCOM-Carolinas, VCOM-Virginia, University of Louisiana Monroe

Institutional Affiliation

2019

Year Founded

Suburban

Campus Setting

Campus Contact

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

4408 Bon Aire Drive, Monroe, Louisiana 71203

Address

(318) 342-7131

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.edu/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 apart 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 also participate in providing 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.

ONMM and Sports Medicine
VCOM students have the opportunity to learn these clinical skills from sports medicine faculty who also care for the athletes from the University Athletics programs.

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs Offered

DO/MPH
https://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 Alabama, 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 15, 2024

EDP Applications Submitted To Other

https://www.vcom.edu/admissions/applying-do-program/early-decision-track

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: April 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 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

499.9

Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score

3.64

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