ARCOM strives to graduate students who are prepared to succeed in any graduate medical education program they decide to pursue. In addition, we are committed to ensuring that our graduates have the foundation of knowledge, skills, and competencies that will enable them to meet the needs of the wide diversity of patients they will encounter in their professional careers. We are committed to producing physicians who are knowledgeable, skilled and competent, but also professional and ethical. The college is dedicated to educating physicians with the skills needed to remain lifelong learners, the desire to contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge, and the passion to be of service to their patients throughout their professional careers.
A student who has fulfilled all the academic requirements may be granted the degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) provided the student:
- Has satisfactorily completed all of the curriculum and rotations requirements at an AOA- accredited college of osteopathic medicine including at a minimum the last two years of their education at ARCOM.
- Has completed all academic requirements in no more than six years from the date of matriculation.
- Has complied with all the curricular, legal, and financial requirements of the college.
- Has attended the compulsory portions of senior week, including graduation rehearsal and the graduation ceremony, at which time the degree is conferred and he/she takes the osteopathic oath.
- Has passed COMLEX Level 1 and both components of COMLEX Level 2 (CE and PE) of the examination administered by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
- Has reached at least 21 years of age.
- Has demonstrated the ethical, personal, and professional qualities deemed necessary by the ARCOM faculty for the practice of osteopathic medicine and gained the recommendation for graduation from the Student Progress Committee.
- Has demonstrated suitability for the practice of osteopathic medicine to the administration and ARCOM faculty through action of the Student Progress Committee as evidenced by their conduct, ethical and professional behavior, demonstrations of medical knowledge and skills, displaying responsibility for patient care, and exhibiting integrity in the conduct of clinical and academic activities.
- Has demonstrated compliance with the Code of Behavioral Conduct.
Degrees are not awarded solely upon the completion of any prescribed number of courses, credits, or upon passing a prescribed number of examinations. Granting of the degree requires in addition, that the ARCOM faculty believes the student has attained sufficient maturity of thought, ethical, and professional proficiency to serve the public as an osteopathic physician. Matriculation and enrollment does not guarantee the issuance of a degree without satisfactorily meeting the aforementioned curriculum and degree requirements.
Graduation Week Activities
The activities of ARCOM Graduation Week will be an annual tradition for all graduates. The week’s activities will include graduation rehearsal and other activities required for all graduates. The week will conclude with the graduation ceremony at which degrees will be conferred and graduates will take the Osteopathic Oath.
Upon written request to the Office of the Registrar, a current or former ARCOM student or graduate may request a transcript. ARCOM reserves the right to deny the release of any transcript for reasons including but not limited to: disciplinary actions taken by ARCOM, not meeting financial obligations to ARCOM or its affiliates, not following the procedure set forth in the withdrawal/leave/exit process from the College, and/or not returning ARCOM issued items requested.
Transcripts from previous institutions attended and other documents submitted during the admissions process to ARCOM are the property of ARCOM and will not be returned to the student or forwarded to a third party.
Transcripts are issued by the Registrar. Transcripts will not be issued for students who have any type of administrative hold on their record/account.
Official Transcript Request Form
Official transcripts are printed on ARCOM security paper in partial color with Registrar’s signature, date, and official ARCOM seal. Any official transcript request must include the name and address of the person/institution to whom the official transcript is to be sent. Upon graduation, the first five official transcripts requested are free; thereafter, there is a charge of $15 per official transcript requested. An enrolled student or ARCOM graduate in good standing requesting an official transcript be sent to a third party must submit a Transcript Request Form and related fee to the Office of the Registrar or through the SIS system. Official transcripts are sent directly to the third party as directed by the student (e.g., scholarship agency, residency program, licensure board, etc.). The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to verify the agency or address where the transcript is to be sent. Any non-enrolled student, who did not graduate, requesting an official transcript must submit a Transcript Request Form and related fee. In these cases, the transcript will identify any incomplete sequence of courses as well as the current status of the student (withdrawn, dismissed, on leave, etc.).
Unofficial transcripts obtained through the Registrar’s Office may be printed and stamped “Unofficial Transcript” in lieu of a signature by the Registrar. Enrolled students in good standing may download their own unofficial transcript at any time, free of charge, through the Student Information System (SIS). Non-enrolled students who did not graduate must submit a Release of Information Form and a $15 fee to the Office of the Registrar.
Duplicate Diploma Request
The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) will graduate our inaugural class of student doctors in May 2021. Duplicate Diplomas are available for a fee by request in writing by submitting the Duplicate Diploma Request Form to the Registrar’s Office.
LoRs, MSPE, ERAS Form
The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) will enroll our inaugural class of 150 students for the fall 2017 academic year. ARCOM will require the written permission of the student before releasing Letters of Recommendation, MSPE/Dean’s Letter, ERAS. The LoRs, MSPE, ERAS Release Form (eventually make this a link) should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.