Home About: LUCOM Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) exists to educate osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment. LUCOM prepares physicians who dedicate themselves to excellence in osteopathic medicine through service toward their fellow man, lifelong learning, and the advancement of medical knowledge. Instilling the Christian values of integrity and professionalism, LUCOM trains physicians who will provide ethical, compassionate, competent and patient-centered osteopathic medical care.


Scholarship, teamwork, leadership, service, professionalism, integrity, commitment to incarnational Christianity, diversity, and the ethical treatment of peoples.

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 three (3) priorities: academics, research and scholarship, and clinical education.


  1. Develop the curriculum, administrative and educational policies and procedures required to deliver the education required of a highly qualified graduate from a College of Osteopathic Medicine prepared to enter Graduate Medical Education.
  2. Redesign preclerkship curriculum to improve student performance outcomes.
  3. Develop a comprehensive student support program for personal and professional holistic growth.


  1. Establish a reputation among osteopathic schools for excellence in biomedical/clinical research and scholarship.

Clinical Education and Clinical Collaborations

  1. Develop new, high-quality CORE clerkship rotation sites for OMS-III and OMS-IV students.
  2. Identify, recruit, and admit students who will advance the mission, vision, goals and values of the college with an emphasis on students from Virginia and the Southeast United States.
  3. Advance the knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the Principles and Practices of Osteopathic Medicine through education of and service to the governmental, public, and private sectors.
  4. Develop an educational track focused on connecting and training students for participation in international and domestic medical outreach.
  5. Seek out relationships with individuals, governmental, public and private organizations that have the potential to contribute to the financial support of the college. Emphasize the building of relationships resulting in gifts, endowments, donations, appropriated or allocated funds, or grants to advance the stability and strength of the college, advance the mission and vision of the college and allow improvements in the delivery of education, service and research.


  1. Develop the faculty required to function with excellence as a College of Osteopathic Medicine.