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Admission Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Interview and Admission

Students must complete courses in biology, physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, English, and demonstrate the ability to master the subject matter of those courses. The student's grade point average (GPA) in required courses weighs heavily in the admissions consideration. Applicants are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). In addition to demonstrated knowledge, acceptance is also based on the interview process. The College uses a mission-driven admissions process; therefore, the applicant's ability to demonstrate a history of compassion, empathy, dedication, and interest in patient care, an orientation to a rural or primary care medicine, and/or to research is considered in the admissions process.  Other qualities that reflect on the student's ability to adapt to a rigorous academic environment and to a future as a professional provide an advantage in the application process.

COVID-19 Related Information
Is a letter of recommendation required from a physician for the 2021-2022 cycle? No, but encouraged. We recommend attending one of our Virtual Physician Experiences if invited for a Secondary Application, particularly if you do not have a letter.

Applicants for admission must meet the following requirements to be considered for an interview:

1. Degree Requirements

Applicants must earn a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation. 

  • Courses must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In some circumstances, a degree from a college or university that is nationally, rather than regionally accredited, is accepted as long as the accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (i.e., a religiously-based institution). Contact the Office of Admissions in advance of applying.
  • Applicants who have taken coursework and/or earned a degree from a foreign institution must submit an evaluation of their transcripts to AACOMAS. The transcript evaluation company chosen must be approved by AACOMAS. Please see the AACOMAS website for a list of approved companies.

2. Required Undergraduate Courses

Applicants must have completed 90 hours or three-fourths of the required credits for a baccalaureate degree and have completed the required courses listed below from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body:

  • Biological Sciences: 4 credit hours
  • Physics: 6 credit hours
  • General and Inorganic Chemistry: 6 credit hours
  • Organic Chemistry: 6 credit hours
  • English and Composition: 6 credit hours
  • A minimum of 6 additional biomedical science credit hours at the 200 level or above, which prepare the applicant for medical school.  These include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, virology, or genetics.  

A "C" is the minimum grade needed for all required courses. However,  a "B" or better is generally needed for acceptance.

Courses with equivalent content will be considered. VCOM follows the AACOMAS definition of science courses to determine science GPA and science hours. See the AACOMAS website for more information.

3. GPA

Applicants must achieve a minimum of a 3.4 science GPA and cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last 120 hours of their baccalaureate/master’s degree.  VCOM places emphasis on the last 120 credit hours, as well as on the science courses and required courses when choosing between competitive applicants, as we recognize that some applicants have improved grades in the later years of their degree coursework.  For students who have new academic history (i.e. those who have completed a pre-medical science program to improve their science GPA) that shows an improved science GPA, VCOM reviews the last 120 hours of that new coursework.  Higher GPAs are generally required to be competitive, as the current average science GPA and cumulative GPA for accepted students is 3.7. 


Applicants must submit current scores from the MCAT that are less than four years old prior to the date of matriculation.  For the current admissions cycle, the college will accept the April MCAT administered from up to four years prior to the date of matriculation.  VCOM considers the science GPA most important and the MCAT score in the decision process is balanced with the GPA. 

The average MCAT score of those accepted falls between 500 and 506.  Most successful candidates fall in the range of 496 to 510.  VCOM considers both the numeric and percentile scores when assessing overall MCAT performance, as well as the cohort of qualified applicants that year.  The successful MCAT score is always balanced with the GPA, along with non-cognitive factors of the applicant that are tied to the profession and the mission of VCOM.

5. Citizenship

An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.   International students who have questions regarding their application status should contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to determine eligibility for admission.

6. Technical Standards for Admission and Continued Enrollment

Applicants must meet the Technical Standards for Admission and Continued Enrollment. All students must read carefully and affirm that he/she meets the technical standards for admission. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is a reason for dismissal.

Applicants must be able to use a keyboard at a reasonable speed for timed testing situations and data entry into the electronic medical record. If applicants are not proficient in typing, they should take a typing or keyboarding course prior to entry.

7. Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, and Doctors of Physical Therapy

Special consideration regarding required courses for interview may be considered for practicing Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, and Doctors of Physical Therapy when reviewing courses for course equivalency in the application. For special considerations, course review is conducted by the Director of Admissions and the Campus Dean.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine recognizes, values, and affirms that diversity contributes richness to the college and enhances the quality of education.  Students, faculty, staff, and administrators are valued for their diversity.  VCOM is committed to providing an academic and employment environment in which students and employees are treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity.  It is the policy of VCOM that no student or employee shall, on the basis of sex, be discriminated in, or be denied the benefits of, any education program or activity that it operates.  This requirement not to discriminate is required by Title IX and Part 106 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations and extends to admission and employment.  Inquiries about the application of Title IX and Part 106 to VCOM may be directed to the VCOM Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education, or both.

VCOM’s commitment to the principles of nondiscrimination includes and extends far beyond the federally protected classes and includes, but is not limited to, age, gender, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, ancestry, marital status, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.  VCOM has a commitment to nondiscrimination against any individual or group of individuals.  VCOM has no tolerance to inappropriate behavior exhibited as an act of discrimination.

College Accreditation

The College is accredited through the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the AOA, which is the only accrediting agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education and is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). On April 21, 2007, VCOM was granted full accreditation from the COCA.

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Background Checks and Illegal Behavior

A background check is mandatory prior to matriculation and will be required again during enrollment (typically between second and third year) and may be required at other intervals during enrollment.

See the Background Checks Policy

Agreements with Colleges and Universities for Interview

VCOM has agreements with select colleges and universities that share our mission for guaranteed interviews. If your school has an agreement with VCOM, please contact your pre-health advisor or designated liaison at your institution to learn more. In some cases, the requirements for admission, as stated above, may be modified as part of these affiliated agreements.


  • Alabama A & M University
  • Alabama State University
  • Anderson University
  • Averett University
  • Bluefield College
  • Berry College
  • Centenary College
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbus State University
  • Converse College
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Emory and Henry College
  • Ferrum College
  • Fontbonne University
  • Grambling State University*
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Harding University
  • Indian River State College
  • Louisiana College
  • Louisiana Baptist College
  • Louisiana Tech University*
  • Lynchburg College
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Maryville College
  • McNeese State University*
  • Meredith College
  • Miles College
  • Mississippi College
  • Newberry College
  • Nicholls State University*
  • North Dakota State University
  • North Greenville University
  • Northwestern State University*
  • Old Dominion University
  • Roanoke College
  • SD School of Mines & Technology
  • South Dakota State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University*
  • Southern Wesleyan University
  • University of Louisiana – Lafayette *
  • University of Louisiana – Monroe *
  • University of Mobile
  • University of New Orleans*
  • University of South Carolina Upstate
  • University of Virginia Wise
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wingate University

* These schools are part of one agreement with the Louisiana System

HBCU Schools

VCOM has an admissions scholarship for eligible applicants enrolled at an HBCU institution. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.


VCOM has an admissions scholarship for veterans of U.S. military service. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.