Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission

While most students who matriculate into ARCOM will have a bachelor’s degree or higher, at a minimum, each applicant that matriculates must have completed 90 hours or three-fourths of the required credits for a degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education in order to be considered for an interview. In addition, the student must complete all of the required courses as established by ARCOM before matriculation.

Students must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and have the official scores sent to AACOMAS.  MCAT test scores are valid three years from the original date.

The minimum required undergraduate courses for matriculation are:

Discipline Hours Required
Biological Science 8 semester hours
Biochemistry 3 semester hours
Inorganic Chemistry with Laboratory 8 semester hours
Organic Chemistry with Laboratory 8 semester hours
Physics with Laboratory 8 semester hours
Additional Science Electives* 4 semester hours
English Composition and Literature 6 semester hours

*Faculty recommend courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Cellular Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, or Genetics to enhance student’s success in medical school

These basic requirements must be taken for credit and passed at an accredited college or university. It is strongly encouraged that applicants have a broad education background that includes behavioral science and the humanities, along with a proficiency in scientific problem solving, critical thinking and writing.

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.

The applicant should demonstrate a humanistic and service oriented mentality consistent with that of ARCOM as demonstrated by action and involvement in outreach and service events.

Preference is given to students from rural and underserved environments that are more likely to advance the mission and goals of the COM, especially those from Arkansas and Southcentral United States.

Applicants are required to meet the Technical Standards for admission and continued enrollment and must affirm that he or she meets the standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is reason for dismissal.

Applicants must submit all required paperwork per deadlines. If paperwork is not submitted as required, an offer of admission may be retracted.