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Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
1404 E. Central Drive
Meridian, Idaho 83642

Main phone: (208) 696-ICOM (4266)

Admissions office
Phone: 208-696-ICOM (4266)
Admissions Website

COM Basics

Mission Statement

The mission of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine is to train osteopathic physicians prepared for caring for persons in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and beyond.

COM Description

Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) was founded in 2016 to help address the regional physician shortage. The brand new 94,000 square foot building is student centered with student lounges, spiritual rooms, mother’s rooms, outstanding technology, multiple study rooms, and a multi-million-dollar simulation lab. We are committed to educating students in the art and science of osteopathic medicine using the most current research in clinical and biomedical sciences.

Campus setting: 
The ICOM campus is located in the urban city of Meridian, Idaho, 11 miles west of Boise. The area is nestled in majestic foothills that offer a unique sense of community, vibrant cultural and seasonal opportunities, and a quality of life second to none. Meridian has a semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons, low rain, and typically low snow fall; in the last two years it ranked in the top two spots on 24/7 Wall St.’s list of America’s 50 Best Cities To Live.

Year founded: 

Type: Private, for-profit

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) voted in December 2017 to allow the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) to recruit and matriculate students for its inaugural class in fall 2018.

Institutional affiliation:

ICOM is located on the campus of Idaho State University Health Sciences Center. Occupying 5.55 acres, the three story, 94,000-square-foot building offers a state-of-the-art learning environment. The academic space consists of:

  • 12,222 square feet of classroom space
  • Two lecture halls, each with 250-seat capacity, to be used for traditional lectures and have the ability to convert to group learning style seating
  • One 60-seat classroom can be used for many activities including clinical skills and additional group learning space
  • State-of-the-art simulation center
  • 12 standardized patient rooms
  • 3,479-square-foot OPP skills lab with 40 tables and a raised instruction station as well as flat-screen monitors for for enhanced visual learning
  • 24 small group study rooms located throughout the school
  • 3,842-square-foot library providing extensive electronic resources as well as 36 study carrels, four of the group study rooms, and a large centralized study space
  • Student locker facilities
  • Six student study lounges, one with a cafe incorporated
  • 1,920 square feet of dedicated research space  

Student residence options: 
ICOM is located in Meridian, recognized as the 10th fastest growing city in the United States. Meridian, with its close proximity to Boise, offers easy accessibility to the airport in addition to a wealth of activities for a variety of interests. The area offers many options for housing. Apartments, townhouse, and homes for rent or purchase are conveniently located in the area and its surrounding communities.

2017-2018 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: N/A
  • Total male: N/A
  • Total female: N/A
  • First-year enrollment: N/A
  • First-year male: N/A
  • First-year female: N/A
  • First-year in-state: N/A
  • First-year out-of-state: N/A
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: N/A

Curricular Offerings

ICOM offers a highly-integrated system-based curriculum. During the first two years, foundational concepts in anatomy, biochemistry/cell biology, microbiology/immunology, pharmacology, and physiology will be continuously integrated in an interleaved fashion with clinical content and delivered through system-based courses. In addition to didactic lectures, most courses will include active learning, clinical small group learning activities, laboratory exercises, and standardized patient interaction.

Medical professionalism and professional competencies, all essential for an effective, compassionate, ethical, and competent osteopathic medical practice, will be taught in conjunction with traditional medical classes to create what we at ICOM call "the caring and competent physician." This method allows for seamless transition into the third- and fourth-year clinical rotations.

In years three and four, students are assigned to our core rotation sites in all five states within our mission. Clinical experiences will be in hospitals, rural clinics, clinics, and ambulatory settings.

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

None offered

Preparatory Programs

None offered

Special Programs

None offered

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: 5/6/2018
  • Primary application deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Submission timing for best consideration: AACOMAS application should be submitted at least four weeks prior to March 1 deadline

Admissions Process

ICOM utilizes the centralized application process through AACOMAS. Secondary applications will be sent to screened applicants. Candidates who are invited to campus for an interview will have completed all the admission requirements, including the necessary letters of recommendation, secondary application, and reviewed the technical standards for admission and the Academic Handbook.

ICOM seeks to recruit students from Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and beyond. While we most actively recruit students from these areas, all qualified applicants are considered.  

Completed applications are further reviewed and applicants who demonstrate academic ability, knowledge, and commitment to osteopathic medicine, experience in health care, community service, professionalism, and integrity may be invited to ICOM for an interview. Each applicant interviewed will be reviewed by the admissions committee and the decision to offer admission will be based on the interview as well as the applicant's academic and service history, MCAT scores, and letters of recommendation.

ICOM uses a rolling admissions process, however candidates who submit an application early and return all required documentation promptly will be at an advantage in the admissions process.

ICOM 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 matriculant's selection factors: 
ICOM is looking for qualified applicants who are well-rounded, inquisitive, bright, service-oriented, compassionate and caring individuals who will help us meet our mission.

International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: 


  • Oldest MCAT considered: No more than three years from date of anticipated matriculation
  • Accept September 2018 MCAT scores: Yes
  • Accept January 2019 MCAT scores: Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • Virtual Evals
  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Interview Format

ICOM will typically begin interviewing in late August and continue into April or until the class is full. Interviews are conducted on campus and will consist of one-on-one interviews. Applicants will receive a presentation on ICOM, financial aid, curriculum, and clinical rotations. Lunch will be provided.

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Supplemental Application sent to screened applicants: see
  • Earliest Supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Fee waiver available: Yes
  • Waiver conditions: AACOMAS waiver
  • Supplemental application fee: $65 non-refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses


  • Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Inorganic/General Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Physics, 6-8 semester hours with lab


  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology

Non-Science Courses


  • College English, 6 semester hours. Will consider writing-intensive courses.


Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following traffic guideline schedule:
  • Those accepted prior to January 14 will have 30 days
  • Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
  • Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
  • Earliest acceptance date: 8/31/2018
  • Latest acceptance date: 7/31/2019
  • Deferred entrance requests considered:
    Yes. Deferral requests for deposited students are considered on an individual basis. All requests will be reviewed by the dean.
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: July 2019        

Early Decision Program

  • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No

First-Year Class Matriculants

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

Data is not available. ICOM will matriculate its inaugural medical class in August 2018.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: N/A
  • Asian: N/A
  • Black or African-American: N/A
  • Hispanic/Latino: N/A
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: N/A
  • White: N/A
  • Multiple Races: N/A
  • Undisclosed: N/A

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

Data is not available. ICOM will matriculate its inaugural medical class in August 2018.

  • Science majors: N/A
  • Non-Science majors: N/A
  • Graduate degree(s): N/A

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2017-18 annual resident tuition: N/A
  • 2017-18 annual non-resident tuition: N/A
  • 2017-18 annual resident fees: N/A
  • 2017-18 annual non-resident fees: N/A
  • 2017-18 annual health insurance fee: N/A
  • Fees include:
    • Student Services
    • Lab
    • Student Activities
    • Technology (includes computer)
    • Other
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: N/A
  • Average 2017 graduate indebtedness: N/A


  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,500, non-refundable
  • Additional deposit amount: $0
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: N/A
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: N/A