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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) develops osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment With the values, knowledge, and skills essential for excellence in caring for the patient’s body, mind, and spirit.


LUCOM CARES– LUCOM CARES for our students, employees, and communities.

Commitment to Biblical Worldview and Osteopathic Principles- The Christian faith and principles of Osteopathy are embodied in LUCOM’s culture through a unified connection of body, mind, and spirit in our daily practices, educational pursuits, community engagement, and wellness advocacy.

Accountability– LUCOM exhibits accountability to our stakeholders through a commitment to uphold our key initiatives as faithful stewards of our culture, program, partnerships, and finances.

Respect– LUCOM cultivates a community of respect characterized by integrity, professionalism, and trust within a nurturing environment that embraces the ethical treatment of all people.

Excellence– LUCOM pursues academic, clinical, and scholarly excellence through its commitment to developing medical competencies, applying evidence-based practices, engaging in research, and promoting life-long learning to provide quality patient-centered care.

Servant Leadership– As ambassadors for Christ, LUCOM demonstrates leadership by modeling the fruit of the Spirit and cultural humility to selflessly advance the growth and well-being of others.

Our Strategic Plan and Goals

Strategic planning in a lean and value-focused environment is an ongoing process and the timeline reflects this dynamic. LUCOM’s planning activities will continue, addressing both short-term and long-term goals with three, five and 10-year planning horizons.

LUCOM Dean Joseph R. Johnson, DO, FACOOG (Dist), along with Liberty University Provost Dr. Scott Hicks, have direct oversight for the strategic plan that is structured around to fulfill its mission by committing resources to medical education, clinical training, research and scholarly activity(ies), and comprehensive growth opportunities.

Strategic Goals

  1. Educate student doctors in the philosophy and science of osteopathic medicine using a dynamic curriculum based on current research in biomedical and clinical sciences.
  2. Streamline student support services to account for academic, professional, and personal growth.
  3. Advance osteopathic medical knowledge through educational, biomedical, and clinical research in addition to other scholarly activity.
  4. Secure and support a sustainable network of clinical training experiences for students in the clerkship years.
  5. Expand and enhance graduate medical education training programs.
  6. Design additional education tracks and pipelines for increased student opportunities.
  7. Integrate mission appropriate diversity, equity, and inclusion with recruitment, retention, and curriculum practices to advance student, faculty, and staff performance.

Review LUCOM’s Strategic Plan.