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How to Apply

1. Determine if you are a qualified applicant

VCOM has a minimum set of requirements that all applicants must meet in order to be considered for acceptance into our doctor of osteopathic medicine degree program. Beyond our minimum requirements, there are other qualities and qualifications we consider that will help improve your chance of acceptance and success in our program.

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2. Submit your application

All applications must be submitted through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). AACOMAS will verify your application for accuracy, process it and send it with your materials to VCOM. Applications may not be submitted directly to VCOM.

AACOMAS Contact Information

Website: http://www.aacom.org
Phone: 617-612-2889
Email: aacomasinfo [at] liaisoncas.com

Transcripts

In order to process your application, AACOMAS will require official transcripts from all colleges/universities you attended. Only upon acceptance will official transcripts need to be sent to VCOM.

MCAT

Please release your official MCAT scores to AACOMAS using the link below. VCOM will accept scores within four years of matriculation year, see chart below.

Year of Desired Matriculation to VCOM

MCAT

Fall 2017

Dated April 2013 or later

Fall 2018

Dated April 2014 or later

Fall 2019

Dated April 2015 or later

Fall 2020

Dated April 2016 or later

    AACOMAS Application Deadline

    March 1 is the official deadline, but classes may be filled in advance due to rolling admissions. Therefore, applicants should apply early.

    3. If invited, complete the secondary application

    The secondary application is obtainable by invitation only. Not all applicants will receive the secondary application. Once VCOM receives your AACOMAS application, your file will undergo initial screening. Eligible applicants will be invited to complete a secondary application. Only one secondary application, along with a $50 application fee*, is necessary regardless of whether you apply to one, two or three VCOM campuses. On the secondary application you will be given the opportunity to rank your preference to be located at the Virginia, Carolinas or Auburn campus.

    4. Submit letters of recommendation

    VCOM requires two letters of recommendation: one from a practicing physician and one from a pre-medical/pre-health committee or science faculty member. Candidates are welcome to submit additional letters of recommendation if they feel the letters benefit their credentials. VCOM provides evaluation forms as a courtesy for the osteopathic/allopathic physician and pre-medical/pre-health committee or science faculty member. The evaluation forms are not required.
    Premedical Advisor Form | Osteopathic/Allopathic Physician Form

    Letter of recommendation from a practicing physician

    This letter of recommendation can be obtained by shadowing a physician or completing another medical experience with a physician, examples include:

    • Working as a scribe
    • Volunteering at a free clinic or physician’s office
    • Serving as an EMT
    • Serving on a medical mission experience

    NOTE: Competitive applicants have shadowing experience (typically 24 hours or more) with an osteopathic physician (DO) who will write a letter of recommendation that demonstrates the applicant's commitment to the osteopathic profession and an understanding of the philosophy of osteopathic medicine. VCOM will accept letters from a family member physician as a personal reference only and will not count toward the physician letter of recommendation requirement.

    Osteopathic physician letter of recommendations
    VCOM will accept a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician (DO) or upper level osteopathic resident (no interns or first year residents).

    Allopathic physician letter of recommendations
    VCOM will accept a letter of recommendation from an allopathic physician (MD) if you cannot obtain one from an osteopathic physician (DO) in a time to complete your application. However, if accepted, you will be required to meet with and obtain a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician (DO) within 30 days of acceptance.

    Letter of recommendation from a pre-medical/pre-health committee or science faculty member

    If a pre-medical/pre-health committee exists, VCOM strongly requests applicants obtain that letter packet. If you are sending in a letter of recommendation from a science faculty member that person must have taught you or served as your advisor.

    Letters of recommendation submitted directly to VCOM from the author must be written on professional letterhead and signed. Letters of recommendation which are included as part of the pre-medical/pre-health committee packet or from an official evaluation collection service recognized by VCOM (Interfolio, VirtualEvals, and the AACOMAS letter service) will be accepted without signature or letterhead as long as the letters are sent directly from the authors of these letters directly to the pre-med advisor or directly to the evaluation service as long as they accept them as authentic.

    VCOM will accept letters through:

    • VirtualEvals
    • Interfolio
    • AACOMAS letter service
    • An official college/university service
    • USPS

    Please mail letters of recommendation (regardless of campus preference) to:

    Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Attn: Office of Admissions
    2265 Kraft Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24060

    5. Schedule your interview

    Once your application is complete you will be considered for an interview. If chosen, you will be notified by phone or email to schedule an in-person interview at one of our VCOM campuses. Interviews are generally conducted October through April.

    The Interview Day schedule typically includes:

    • Greeting & Orientation Session about VCOM
    • Admissions Interviews – Three one-on-one interviews with VCOM faculty or administration members
    • Financial Aid session
    • Tour of VCOM campus (typically by current VCOM students)
    • Lunch with current students
    • Tour of local area
    • Admissions Wrap-Up

    6. Check on your application status           

    Once VCOM receives the AACOMAS application, the secondary application, a $50.00 processing fee, MCAT score, a letter of recommendation from a physician, and a letter of recommendation from a pre-medical/pre-health committee or science faculty member, your application is considered complete. VCOM will send you an electronic notification indicating the application is complete. If you feel your application is complete and you have not received this notification, once you have been invited for a Secondary Application you can check your status at  https://vcomvcamp.vcom.edu using the temporary password that was sent to you in your invitation for secondary email. Allow two weeks from the date information is submitted to VCOM to be available online and inform us of any discrepancies.

    NOTE: In the event you are applying to VCOM while completing coursework in summer or fall, please provide both VCOM and AACOMAS an updated transcript at the conclusion of each semester/trimester.