Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Course of Study

The course of study to gain a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree from ARCOM consists of four years of progressive integrated education. The initial two years are held primarily on campus with the final two years being held predominately at clinical sites that are collaborative partners of ARCOM. The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine has a mission to educate students to become the finest osteopathic physicians based upon:

  • a dedicated faculty
  • established affiliations with medical centers, hospitals, and healthcare systems,
  • a structured and supported rural/underserved medicine

The design of the curriculum is based on successful integrated academic models. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary collaboration, the curriculum guides students to develop a holistic, and more importantly, an osteopathic approach to medicine. ARCOM continuously correlates basic scientific information and methodology with fundamental clinical application. Students are exposed to clinical experiences in their first and second year, which gives them the opportunity to prepare for the “real world” of medicine.

For the third and fourth years, students are assigned to one of ARCOM’s core rotational sites to ensure continuity and coordination of clinical education in the form of four-week rotations at various hospitals, as well as clinics and doctors’ offices within our clinical training network. Our innovative curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission of training students who are competent and ready to enter graduate medical education and training.