The campus and facilities of Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) is near construction and production completion. Opening July 2014, LUCOM will occupy a 140,000+ square-foot, four-story facility atop Liberty Mountain with a breathtaking view of the valley and Blueridge Mountains to the north and west. The new Center for Medical and Health Sciences contains a comprehensively equipped medical facility with an extensive resource center and library for the students and faculty, high tech educational venues for student groups from six to 200 students, a research center with animal facilities and five newly equipped individual labs, and an 11,000 sq. foot, state-of-the-art simulation and standardized patient education facility. Construction is ahead of schedule with an anticipated completion near the end of May 2014, more than 60 days ahead of the first-day for the inaugural class, August 4, 2014.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine is set to become the second osteopathic college in the state and the 30th in the country with clinical rotation opportunities at core sites with an emphasis on those in Southern and Southwest Virginia. The location of LUCOM, in one of the traditional textile and tobacco areas of the state, Campbell County, emphasize the concentration of LUCOM on developing community based physicians to provide access to quality medical care for underserved patients in this economically depressed region of the state and stimulated the Virginia Tobacco Commission to support its development with a generous grant for the building and equipment.