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.
LUCOM has a preferred cumulative GPA and science GPA of 3.4 or higher, which reflect greater opportunity for success with the curriculum and the national board of examinations.
LUCOM has a preferred MCAT standard of 24 or greater with no individual score of less than 8. Applicants should achieve an MCAT 2015 of 500 with no individual score less than a 125. MCAT scores less than three years old may be submitted for consideration. An average of the highest scores on multiple MCAT examinations is not applicable for admissions 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 (3-5 semester hours/6-8 quarter hours). Two semesters of biochemistry or completion of both courses are highly recommended.
- 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).
*Applicants must have earned at least a C in the prerequisite courses for them to count towards the fulfillment of the requirements.
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. A course in statistics is highly recommended.
The applicant should demonstrate a humanitarian, 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.