The Office of Admissions ensures qualified students are selected for matriculation to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program at Campbell University.
CUSOM is committed to selecting applicants who meet our mission and align with our values and who are an asset to the profession of osteopathic medicine. When reviewing applications the goals of the Office of Admissions is to evaluate:
• each applicant as a whole person
• each applicant who has interest in serving the rural and underserved population
• each applicant potential success as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
• each applicant for their compassion, knowledge and commitment to health care and the CUSOM Mission
The CUSOM Admissions Committee, under the direction of the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, consider applicants' academic background, achievements, personal statement, Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores, letters of recommendation, health-related work or research and volunteer experience.
In addition to academic performance, the Admissions Committee places emphasis on the ethical treatment of all humanity, the demonstration of personal merit, compassion, community involvement, communication skills, teamwork, leadership, professionalism, integrity, dedication to professional goals and the promotion of diversity.
Through the evaluations provided after the candidates have been interviewed, the Admissions Committee will decide on whether to accept, deny acceptance or waitlist interview candidates. The Dean considers the recommendations from the committee before making the final decision on each candidate.
The CUSOM Office of Student Affairs will maintain pre-admissions academic and demographic data for each matriculating class. Upon graduation the Office of the Registrar will work in conjunction with the planned CUSOM Alumni Association to track board certification rates, post graduate employment and career activities for each graduating class. Through this process CUSOM is able to evaluate and adjust recruitment practices and policies to ensure the Mission and goals of the institution are being met.
Non-Discrimination Admission Policy
The CUSOM Office of Admissions will make every effort to recruit students from a diverse background to foster this richness to meet its mission, goals and objectives. The CUSOM Student Admission Policy stipulates CUSOM applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity or national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status and any other characteristic protected by law.
International Student Applicants
Applicants who will require the F-1 Visa should contact the Executive Director for Student Affairs, Ms. Mattie Bendall for requirements at the time of application. International applicants are considered on a case by case basis. (this sentence was added – is not in the AB) CUSOM policy requires applicants who have completed coursework at foreign institutions be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the evaluation services listed on the AACOM website http://www.aacom.org. The evaluation service must verify course work completed at an institution outside of the US is comparable to a regionally accredited US college or university in a course-by-course fashion.
Once students are deemed academically eligible, the file is forwarded to the Campbell University International Admissions Office. The International Admissions Office works in conjunction with academic departments to ensure all documents are in order and in compliance with all federal guidelines and regulations including those of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Each student must meet the Technical Standards to assure they have the ability to succeed in the medical curriculum. Click here to view the Technical Standards.
Minimum Requirements For Admission
CUSOM applicants for admission will be required to complete a minimum of 75 percent of the required credits for a degree in a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education in order to be considered for an interview.
Applicants must earn a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation. Applicants should have achieved at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale to be considered. The admissions process is competitive, and a higher grade point average (above 3.2) results in improved chances for acceptance. The most competitive applicants would have a science and cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. CUSOM also places emphasis on the applicant’s interview.
The required undergraduate courses for entry will be:
- Biological Sciences: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
- Physics: One year (6 to 8 semester hours/9 to 12 quarter hours)
- Inorganic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
- Organic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
- English: One year (6 semester hours/8 quarter hours)
- Six (6) additional science hours are required. CUSOM recommends courses in the 300/400 level or beyond in subjects that will enhance performance in medical school such as
Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology
NOTE: Courses with equivalent content will be reviewed.
NOTE: Students must obtain a “C” or better in each of the required courses above to fulfill the pre-requisite course requirement.
Applicants must submit scores from the MCAT. For the current admissions cycle, CUSOM will accept the August MCAT administration from up to three years prior to the date of matriculation; however, the Dean may grant exceptions to this timeline. A competitive MCAT score usually begins at 24 (MCAT taken prior to April 2015) or competitive score in the 50th percentile of your particular test date (MCAT taken after March 2015); however, at CUSOM the MCAT is weighed in connection with grades, personal qualities and the student interview.
Applicants will be required to meet the Technical Standards for admission and continued enrollment and affirm that he or she meets the standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is a reason for dismissal.
Applicants must submit all required paperwork per deadlines. If paperwork is not submitted as required, an offer of admission may be retracted.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest filing date: Opening date of AACOMAS
- Latest filing date:* March 1, 2016
- Latest filing date for Secondary Application and supporting materials: April 1, 2016
- Applicants should consult the website.
* For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS and Secondary Applications at least four weeks prior to this school’s latest filing date.