University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM)


University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM)
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501

Main phone: (606) 218-5250


Admissions office
Phone: (606) 218-5406
Fax: (606) 218-5405
Admissions Website

General Information

Mission Statement

To provide men and women with an osteopathic medical education that emphasizes primary care, encourages research, promotes lifelong scholarly activity, and produces graduates who are committed to serving the health care needs of communities in rural Kentucky, and other underserved Appalachian regions.

COM Description

Commitment to Rural Medicine. UP-KYCOM is nationally recognized for its commitment to educating osteopathic physicians who practice in rural areas that are medically underserved, particularly within Kentucky and other Appalachian regions that the school's mission serves. UP-KYCOM has earned national recognition among medical schools in the nation in rural medicine. UP-KYCOM also ranks as one of the top medical schools in the country in the percentage of graduates entering primary care residencies and in affordability among private medical schools.

Campus setting: Pikeville, KY. Rural. 

Year founded: 1997

Type: Private, non-profit

UP-KYCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Institutional affiliation: 
University of Pikeville

The Coal Building houses the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM). The Coal Building strengthens KYCOM's ability to fulfill its mission to train primary care physicians to provide medical services in rural Kentucky and throughout Central Appalachia. The Coal Building is a nine-story, 84,000-square-foot building that offers KYCOM expanded facilities with state-of-the-art features that include the following:

  • Clinical Skills Training and Evaluation Center that utilize standardized patients, human models, and high-fidelity robotic simulators
  • KYCOM free community clinic
  • Technology-enhanced lecture halls
  • Student study space
  • Gross anatomy laboratory
  • Osteopathic principles and practice instructional space
  • Research facilities

Student residence options: 
Housing list information provided. No on-campus housing.

2017-2018 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 534
  • Total male: 307
  • Total female: 227
  • First-year enrollment: 142
  • First-year male: 75
  • First-year female: 67
  • First-year in-state: 52
  • First-year out-of-state: 90
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 2,336

Curricular Offerings

UP-KYCOM's pre-clinical education program uses discipline-based science and clinical courses most often organized around specific organ systems. Beginning in year one and continuing throughout the curriculum, UP-KYCOM students receive a fundamental overview of the ethical issues relevant to establishing a trusting physician-patient relationship, the skills needed to critically evaluate medical literature, and to complete a patient history. Communication skills, professionalism, and clinical skills competencies are assessed using standardized patients, human models, and patient simulators. During year two, students engage in preceptorships with community physicians. Student clinical skills and competencies are further developed in clerkships offered during year three and four.

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

None offered

Preparatory Programs

None offered

Special Programs

The UP-KYCOM Advantage
UP-KYCOM's tuition is very competitive compared to other osteopathic medical schools. Further, at no additional charge to its students, UP-KYCOM provides them with benefits of significant value that include the following: 

  • Computer equipment
  • Treatment table
  • White coat and scrub suit
  • Diagnostic equipment (stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, etc.)
  • All required textbooks
  • Paid membership dues to the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association (KOMA)
  • Exam fees once for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) COMLEX-USA Level 1 and Level 2-CE board exams
  • COMLEX-USA Level 1 review course

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/3/2018)
  • Primary application deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Submission timing for best consideration:
    For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application as early as possible and at least four weeks prior to the deadline.  

Admissions Process

Completed applicants are reviewed on the basis of mission, MCAT, Total GPA, Science GPA, volunteer work, health care experience, and shadowing hours. Successful candidates are invited to campus to interview for a seat in KYCOM's entering class. Candidates are usually notified of interview decision within a week from interview.

First-year class matriculants' selection factors: 
UP-KYCOM's mission influences its selection of students. Applicants to UP-KYCOM are also considered with respect to their academic potential, character, personal maturity, commitment and suitability to become a productive osteopathic physician. Further, all applicants and students are required to meet Technical Standards. Prior to the start of orientation all entering students must evidence full compliance with KYCOM's immunization and other entrance requirements in order to matriculate. UP-KYCOM considers all applicants for admission and financial aid and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, or disabilities.

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


  • Oldest MCAT considered: May 2016
  • 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

Open file; 30 minutes; 2 faculty members

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 5/8/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Supplemental application requirements:
    1. Supplemental Application
    2. Letters of recommendation from two science faculty members or a pre-medical committee.
    3. Letter from physician, preferably an osteopathic physician who is a member of the AOA.
  • Fee waiver available: Yes
  • Waiver conditions: AACOMAS Waiver
  • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
    Screened applicants who meet course requirements
  • Supplemental application fee: $75, non-refundable or refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses


  • Biology/Zoology, 12 semester hours
  • Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours
  • Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours
  • Physics, 8 semester hours with lab


  • Biochemistry, 4 semester hours
  • Genetics, 3 semester hours
  • Anatomy, 4 semester hours
  • Physiology, 4 semester hours
  • Immunology, 4 semester hours
  • Histology, 4 semester hours

Non-Science Courses


  • College English, 6 semester hours


  • Calculus, 4 semester hours


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: No
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/22/2019

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: 3.70%
  • Black or African-American: 0.74%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 1.48%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1.48%
  • White: 92.59%
  • Multiple Races: 0%
  • Undisclosed: 0% 

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 74%
  • Non-Science majors: 26%
  • Graduate degree(s): 13%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2017-18 annual resident tuition: $44,265
  • 2017-18 annual non-resident tuition: $44,265
  • 2017-18 annual resident fees: $0
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident fees: $0
  • 2017-18 annual health insurance fee: $0
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $22,204
  • Average 2017 graduate indebtedness: $164,909


  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,000, non-refundable
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 90%
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: $16,274