Requirements for Admission
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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 unless an exception for cause is granted by the LUCOM Dean. 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.
Applicants must have a cumulative score of at least 22 on the MCAT and have no score less than 6 to be considered for admissions unless an exception for cause is granted by the LUCOM Dean. The student should obtain a minimum of 8 on verbal reasoning to be considered for admission unless he/she can establish English as second language or demonstrate extenuating circumstances.
LUCOM has a preferred MCAT standard of 24 or greater with no individual score of less than 8. Applicants should achieve an MCAT 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:
- 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)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (recommended): one semester with laboratory (4 semester 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 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 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.