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While most students who matriculate into LUCOM will have a bachelor’s degree or higher, at a minimum, each applicant who matriculates must have completed no less than 75% of the credits needed for a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Students must have obtained not less than a 3.0 GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in sciences to be considered for admission. LUCOM has a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher and a preferred science GPA of 3.4 or higher, which reflect greater probability for success with the curriculum and the successful completion of the national board of examinations.
Applicants must have a cumulative score of at least 501 on the MCAT and have no score less than 123 to be considered for admissions. In very rare and extreme circumstances, the dean may make an exception.
LUCOM has a preferred MCAT standard of 504 or greater with no individual score of less than 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 Admissions staff reviews the applications to verify that applicants meet the minimum GPA and MCAT scores. Those applicants who meet those minimums and are felt to advance the mission, vision, and goals of LUCOM, will be offered a secondary application. Each secondary application is then reviewed to determine who will be offered an interview. LUCOM receives thousands of applications and interviews are offered to the most competitive applicants. Success in medical school is highly dependent on academic ability, but LUCOM also looks for men and women of high character and strong motivation.
The minimum required undergraduate courses for matriculation are:
- Biochemistry or Cellular Biology: one semester (3-5 semester hours/6-8 quarter hours). Two semesters of biochemistry or completion of both courses are highly recommended.
- Biological Sciences: one year with laboratory (8-10 semester hours/12-15 quarter hours)
- English: two courses (6-10 semester hours/8-15 quarter hours)
- 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)
- Physics: one semester with laboratory (4-5 semester hours/ 6-10 quarter hours), second semester is 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).
No grade lower than a "C" will be accepted as fulfilling the requirements for a prerequisite course.
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 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 College of Osteopathic Medicine 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.