Liberty University and the College of Osteopathic Medicine
Liberty University was founded in 1971 in Lynchburg, Va. It has grown from a small college of 154 students into the nation’s fifth largest university and the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty is dedicated to preparing students to be aviators, counselors, doctors, educators, engineers, lawyers, ministers, nurses, and more. The university is committed to developing tomorrow’s leaders — men and women of character whose impact will extend beyond their professions to change the world around them.
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM), dedicated in August 2014, is the second osteopathic school in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the thirtieth in the county. Committed to the osteopathic philosophy and heritage of serving the needs of its student-doctors, faculty, and patients today, LUCOM exists to advance both the science and practice of osteopathic medicine. The goal of LUCOM is to ensure its graduates have the foundation of knowledge, skills, and competencies that will enable them to meet the diverse needs of patients they will encounter throughout their professional careers.
Additionally, LUCOM is devoted to producing physicians who are not only knowledgeable, skilled, and competent but also professional and ethical. LUCOM student-doctors are training to become physicians with the drive to remain lifelong learners, the desire to contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge, and the passion to serve their patients throughout their professional careers.
LUCOM offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, it will graduate its first class in May 2018.
The Academic Seal
Liberty University Medicine is clearly stated around the circumference of the academic seal, and each component within it was carefully chosen to incorporate not only the history and character of the university, but also the osteopathic profession.
In the center of the seal is the D.O. symbol called the Staff of Asclepius. It consists of a single serpent encircling a staff, named after a skilled physician who practiced in Greece around 1200 B.C. The term can also be found in Homer's Iliad. Asclepius is commonly referred to as the Greek god of healing.
The staff is placed upon the Liberty Bell, a replica of which will reside at the top of Liberty’s newest structure, Freedom Tower. The bell symbolizes the university’s dedication to the founding principles of the United States.
Both the rod and the bell rest atop of a shield – the shield of faith, taken up by students as they go out into the world to impact the culture for Christ.
The foundation of the seal – and the heart of Liberty University – is the Bible, revealing the truths of God and the principles by which we live. Always open, the Word of God speaks to everyone who listens.
Behind the shield is the octagon, reflecting the classic Jeffersonian architecture of Liberty’s first building and many of the new buildings throughout the reconstruction of campus.
At the base of the seal are laurels, the symbol awarded to victors in ancient Greece. The laurels represent the mission of Liberty University, Training Champions for Christ, which has been our priority since 1971.
Blue, red, and white are the official colors of Liberty University.
World Class Education. Distinctively Christian.
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine has designed a world class, distinctively Christian, student-centered curriculum taught by dedicated professionals who demonstrate excellence both in knowledge and experience within their practice of medicine.
LUCOM provides state-of-the-art facilities and professional resources necessary to ensure that its student-doctors have access to and the opportunity to acquire a highly advanced medical education in a positive learning environment.