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Requirements
Requirements for Admission

While most students who matriculate into LUCOM will have a bachelor’s degree or higher, at a minimum, each applicant that matriculates must have completed 90 hours or three-fourths of the required credits for a degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body.

Students must have obtained not less than a 3.0 GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in sciences to be considered for admission unless an exception for cause is granted by the LUCOM Dean.  Competition dictates that most students will have GPA’s > 3.5 and science GPA’s > 3.4 respectively, which reflect greater opportunity for success with the curriculum and national board examinations. 

Applicants must have a cumulative score of at least 22 on MCAT and have no score less than 6 to be considered for admissions unless a waiver is granted by the LUCOM Dean. Preference for admission consideration is a MCAT > 25.  MCAT scores < 3 years old may be submitted for consideration.  An average of the highest scores on multiple MCAT examinations is not applicable for admission consideration.

The minimum required undergraduate courses for matriculation are:

  • Biological Sciences: One year with laboratory (8-10 semester hours/12-15 quarter hours);
     
  • Physics: One semester  with laboratory (4-5  semester hours/ 6-10  quarter hours); second semester is recommended;
     
  • Inorganic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8-10 semester hours/12-15 quarter hours);
     
  • Organic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8-10 semester hours/12-15 quarter hours);
     
  • Biochemistry or Cellular Biology:  One course with laboratory (4-5 semester hours/6-8 quarter hours) *Two semesters of biochemistry or completion of both courses are highly recommended.
     
  • *Statistics: One course (3-4 semester hours/4-6 quarter hours) *Candidates may be offered admission who have not previously taken a course in statistics.  In such an incidence, the candidate must complete the requirement prior to matriculation through a residential course or through the online Statistics in Medicine computer-based course provided by LUCOM.
     
  • Four (4) additional science hours are required (Faculty recommend courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, or Genetics to enhance the student’s success in medical school) and;
     
  • English: Two courses (6-10 semester hours/8-15 quarter hours).

Recommended courses to prepare for the osteopathic medical curriculum include additional humanities such as literature, philosophy or theology; communication skills such as speech, debate, or drama; additional science courses such as genetics, human physiology, human anatomy, immunology, epidemiology, etc.

The applicant should demonstrate a humanistic and service mentality consistent with the mission of the COM as demonstrated by action and involvement in outreach and service events.  Each applicant’s personal values should be compatible with the Christian mission and environment of Liberty University.