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

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Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752

Main phone: (800) 325-0900

Admissions office
Toll free: (800) 325-0900 ext. 7090
Phone: (423) 869-7090
Fax: (423) 869-7172
Admissions Website

General Information

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; participating in the growth, development, and maintenance of graduate medical education.

COM Description

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. 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.

Campus setting: 
Harrogate, Tennessee; rural. Nearest city is Knoxville, TN.

Year founded: 2006

Type: Private, non-profit

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine holds accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Institutional affiliation: 
Lincoln Memorial University


  • LMU-DCOM is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in Harrogate, Tennessee. The campus is surrounded by the beautiful Cumberland Mountains and is approximately 55 miles north of Knoxville.
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is nearby and can be reached via walking and bike trails that cross the LMU campus and lead into the National Park.
  • LMU-DCOM is a state-of-the-art, 105,000 square foot facility completed in the summer of 2007. The building is four stories high and includes two large auditoria, a learning resource center with access to the Reed Medical and Allied Health Library located on the main campus, 15 student conference/study rooms, a telemedicine/distance learning center, an osteopathic principles and practice laboratory, 10 mock clinic exam rooms, simulation laboratories, an anatomy laboratory,     and a large student lounge.
  • The Hamilton Math and Science building, completed in 2012, is the largest building on the Lincoln Memorial University campus. At 140,000 square feet, it is approximately 25 percent larger than the LMU-DCOM building. It houses a 400-seat auditorium, microscopy suite and over 4,600 square feet of research labs to enable faculty and students to engage in more research activity. The building also has complete wireless Internet integration and full high definition and digital classrooms. Also in the building is a much larger anatomy suite with four pods to accommodate professional students.
  • LMU-DCOM students also enjoy the many amenities on the LMU campus, including student housing, sports arenas, a newly remodeled exercise facility, a dining hall, and a driving range.

Student residence options: 
The University Inn Apartments, along with two new apartment buildings, are located in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Residents can choose from either a studio apartment or a two- or three-room unit. The University Inn was newly renovated in 2007 to include 96 one-room studio apartments and 30 two-room apartments. Each apartment is furnished with built-in cabinets, a bookcase, a desk with chair, a queen bed, a nightstand, a dining table with two chairs, a refrigerator, a stove, and a convection oven/microwave. Common areas include a lounge, 24-hour study area, conference facilities, outdoor swimming pool, picnic area, exercise room, volleyball and basketball court, and laundry facilities.

2017-2018 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 958
  • Total male: 561
  • Total female: 397
  • First-year enrollment: 243
  • First-year male: 135
  • First-year female: 108
  • First-year in-state: 78
  • First-year out-of-state: 165
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 4,770

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.

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

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


The Anatomy/OPP fellowship provides an opportunity for qualified students to obtain experience in teaching, mentoring, research, and clinical skills while also further developing their anatomy knowledge and OPP skill sets. Fellows receive a Master of Science in Anatomical Sciences degree (at no extra charge) during the fellowship year (five-year program).

Preparatory Programs

Master of Science programs

Gross Anatomy Boot Camp  

Special Programs

International Medicine programs
International rotations are available.

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/3/2018)
  • Primary application deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Submission timing for best consideration:
    For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to the deadline.  

Admissions Process

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

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 (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes
Strong consideration will be given to international students who have ties to Appalachia. Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) students will not be considered for admissions to LMU-DCOM. Our policy on international students can be found at


  • Oldest MCAT considered: May 2015
  • 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

Each applicant has a half-hour interview with two faculty members.

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 5/3/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Supplemental application requirements:
    The supplemental questions are included in the primary application under custom questions. There will be a non-refundable institutional processing fee of $50. We require a letter of evaluation from a physician; in addition, we require a premedical committee recommendation letter OR two letters from science professors.
  • Fee waiver available: Yes
  • Waiver conditions: 
    If you qualify for an AACOMAS waiver, we will waive the supplemental processing fee.
  • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
    All applicants
  • Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses


  • Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Chemistry*:
    • Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
    • Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Physics, 8 semester hours with lab

*Will accept a combination of 16 hours of inorganic, organic, and biochemistry


  • Biochemistry

Non-Science Courses


  • College English, 6 semester hours


  • None


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 May 14 will have 14 days
  • Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
  • Earliest acceptance date: 9/1/2018
  • Latest acceptance date: Until class is filled
  • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
    Accepted applicants must pay their matriculation deposit and then request a deferral in writing. If approved by the Dean, their deposit is moved to the next cycle and applied on their first semester tuition.
  • 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 

Matriculants from the 2016-2017 application cycle.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 20.99%
  • Black or African-American: 6.58%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 4.53%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 66.26%
  • Multiple Races: 4.53%
  • Undisclosed: 6.17%  

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 84.36%
  • Non-Science majors: 15.64%
  • Graduate degree(s): 39%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2017-18 annual resident tuition: $48,650
  • 2017-18 annual non-resident tuition: $48,650
  • 2017-18 annual resident fees: $230
  • 2017-18 annual non-resident fees: $230
  • Fees include:
    • Student Activities
    • Technology (not computer)
    • Vehicle registration
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $30,005
  • Average 2017 graduate indebtedness: $261,268


  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,250, non-refundable
  • Additional deposit amount: $0
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 93%
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: Limited number of scholarships averaging $1,500