Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine - LMU-DCOM

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General Information

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the main campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. A second location opened in Knoxville, Tennessee, in fall of 2019. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond.
Additional Locations

Additional Locations

Additional Locations offer the same programs as the main campus. Use the main campus' application to apply to additional locations.

DCOM at LMU-Knoxville

Affiliation Lincoln Memorial University

Address 9737 Cogdill Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932

Campus Setting Urban


Phone (423) 869-6747

  • LMU-DCOM arial view of campus
  • LMU-DCOM Knoxville building entrance
  • LMU-DCOM Campus

Mission Statement

To prepare outstanding osteopathic physicians who are committed to the premise that the cornerstone of meaningful existence is service to humanity. The mission of LMU-DCOM is achieved by: graduating Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine; providing a values-based learning community as the context for teaching, research, and service; serving the health and wellness needs of people both within the Appalachian region and beyond; focusing on enhanced access to comprehensive health care for underserved communities; investing in quality academic programs supported by superior faculty and technology; embracing compassionate, patient-centered care that values diversity, public service, and leadership as an enduring commitment to professionalism and the highest ethical standards; facilitating the growth, development, and maintenance of graduate medical education. 

Closest City Harrogate, TN: rural; Knoxville, TN: suburban

Campus Setting



LMU-DCOM buildings are designed to accommodate a traditional lecture-based systems curriculum and include large lecture halls, state-of-the art computerized simulation laboratories, anatomy suites, numerous study rooms, student break areas, faculty offices, student and academic services offices, and clinical relations and outreach offices. The DCOM buildings have approximately 9,700 square feet of laboratory space designated for faculty and student research.

Student Residence Options

Lincoln Memorial University is proud to offer a variety of housing options for graduate students. From on campus to off campus, one, two, and three bedrooms, there is something to meet the needs of each member of our graduate student community. Note, on-campus housing is only available at the Harrogate location.
Student Activities & Support Services

LMU-DCOM students are provided with numerous opportunities to engage in both on-campus and off-campus activities and events. The goal of Student Activities is to provide students with an opportunity to engage socially with their classmates, provide a stress-relief outlet, and promote a quality student experience.

LMU-DCOM offers academic support services designed to enhance learning and aid in the success of all students. These support services include one-on-one individual consultation, large and small group presentations, and peer tutoring. LMU counseling services are available to help students with personal, career, and academic concerns that affect academic success and quality of life.

Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status LMU-DCOM holds accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) granted LMU-DCOM Accreditation with Exceptional Outcome on December 9, 2022. For schools with this status, accreditation will be granted for ten years.

COCA also granted LMU-DCOM approval for an additional location and class size increase in Knoxville, TN, starting Fall 2019. Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

University Affiliation(s) Lincoln Memorial University

Student Demographics
  • 2023-2024

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Lincoln Memorial University

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Campus Contact

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine - LMU-DCOM

6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, Tennessee 37752


(423) 869-7090


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Curricular Offerings

The curriculum is designed to integrate the biological, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, and is divided into two phases: Preclinical Curriculum (years one and two) and Clinical Experiences (years three and four). A primary care physician must be skilled in problem solving and demonstrate expertise in diagnosis. In order to achieve this goal, the LMU-DCOM curriculum emphasizes the integration of the basic and clinical sciences in medical practice. LMU-DCOM is committed to embracing holistic care, diversity, and public service as an enduring commitment to responsibility and high ethical standards.

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaureate Programs Offered

Master of Science programs
In today’s competitive world, it is essential for students to acquire as much knowledge as they can throughout their undergraduate and graduate studies. Our MS program will allow you as a student one year* to specifically focus your studies in the direction of your choice. Whether you plan to go on to medical/veterinary school, earn your PhD or teach at the secondary or community college level, we have the academic path for you. During your time in LMU’s MS program, you will have an opportunity to study in state-of-the-art facilities while engaging with graduate faculty from the School of Mathematics and Sciences, the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine(DCOM), Carter and Moyers School of Education and the College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM).

Gross Anatomy Boot Camp
LMU-DCOM offers a three-week intensive anatomy course to incoming osteopathic medical students. The course is designed for incoming first-year osteopathic medical students who wish to start learning Gross Anatomy prior to the start of school. During the three-week course, students will begin each day at 8:30 a.m.with a quiz over the previous day’s material. The quizzes encourage long-term mastery of medical gross anatomy. Course material will be presented through small group discussions and time in the LMU-DCOM anatomy lab. There will be a heavy emphasis on the clinical aspects of anatomy so that the student can equate various physical signs and symptoms with anatomical pathology. The class day concludes at 4 p.m. each day.

Special Programs

International Medicine programs
International rotations are available.

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs Offered

The DO/MBA program provides osteopathic medical students with a thorough understanding of business principles useful to a physician (four-year program).

Premedical Coursework

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

Non-Science Courses
College English

6 semester hours (English or other writing-intensive coursework)


Once applications are complete with a supplemental application, official MCAT, and required LORs, they are reviewed holistically. Selected applicants will be invited to interview. The Admission Committee will make a final status decision based on the entire application packet.

Admissions Processes

Interview Options: Virtual interviews only

Physician letter required? MD or DO

Virtual Shadowing Options? Only in-person shadowing accepted

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 6, 2024

Primary Application Deadline: March 15, 2025

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to the deadline.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

The Admissions Committee will select students for admission based on a variety of factors. When reviewing application files, the committee will consider the applicant’s overall grade point average (GPA), grades in individual courses, undergraduate curriculum, prerequisite courses, any advanced-level laboratory science courses, exposure to osteopathic medicine and its practitioners, employment in the medical field, participation in volunteer experiences, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, background, MCAT scores, and any other pertinent information. We seek to enroll students who are inquisitive, intuitive, and compassionate; who possess a passion for the science and art of medicine; and who desire to serve others in underserved areas.

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

Each applicant has one interview with two faculty/staff members and two other applicants. The interview is blind and will last up to 35 minutes.

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

All applicants must complete the supplemental application in order to be considered for admission. There will be a non-refundable institutional processing fee of $50.

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: June 3, 2024

Supplemental Application Deadline: March 15, 2025

Supplemental Application Fee: $50, non-refundable

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? Yes

Applicants who qualify for an AACOMAS fee waiver will receive a supplemental fee waiver upon request.
Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

September 1, 2024

Latest Acceptance Date

July 26, 2024

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 15, 2025

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 Guidelines 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

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Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score


Oldest MCAT Considered: May 1, 2021

Latest MCAT Score Accepted: January 31, 2025

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • Interfolio
  • Email

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

2024-2025 Academic Year


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Tuition Fees Include

Health Service
Student Activities
Student Services
Technology (not computer)

Estimates, Deposits, and More

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Average Graduate Indebtedness


Acceptance Deposit

$1,250, non-refundable

Additional Deposit


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: $1,500