Admission Requirements

There are several Admissions Requirements that prospective students must meet for the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. If you are considering applying to become a student at ACOM, please make sure that you read and are familiar with the Technical Standards for Admission and Retention. If you have specific questions about admission requirements and recommendations, please contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (334) 699-2266 or by email at admissions@acomedu.org.

An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Required: A high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and completion of a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by an agency formally recognized by the United States Department of Education.*

*Students with 75% of coursework completed toward a baccalaureate degree may be considered under special circumstances and must be approved by the Dean.

Required: The following courses are required for admission into ACOM.

2 BIOLOGY courses with labs* 8 semester hrs.
2 CHEMISTRY General/Inorganic courses with labs* 8 semester hrs.
2 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY courses with labs* 8 semester hrs.
2 PHYSICS courses with labs* 8 semester hrs.
2 ENGLISH courses 6 semester hrs.

 *Laboratory credits are required with science courses.

**NOTE: Equivalent coursework may be considered for prerequisite courses through review and approval by the Dean of Student Services.

RecommendedAdvanced coursework in the biological sciences is highly recommended in addition to the above prerequisite requirements. Students who, upon entering medical school, have a stronger biological sciences foundation have been shown to be more successful in their transition to medical school studies. Suggested advanced coursework includes, but is not limited to: biochemistry, human anatomy, cell biology, genetics, physiology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience and behavioral science.

All candidates must submit their most recent Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores. Scores reported within four years of the application cycle start date are preferred. Older MCATs may be considered on an individual basis. The MCAT score will serve as one component of the overall assessment of the student.

Coursework taken at other foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the following evaluation services, and an official copy must be sent from the service directly to AACOMAS. You should also have a copy sent to you for completing the AACOMAS application. Request a course by-course evaluation and list the courses, subject codes, semester hours, and grades on the AACOMAS Academic Record or Professional School Academic Record as per the instructions. Your application will not be complete without an official evaluation. Transfer credit appearing on U.S. institution transcripts, student copies of an evaluation or other foreign evaluations will not be accepted. You should contact one of the following:

World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311
www.wes.orgCourier Address:
64 Beaver St., #146
New York, NY 10004
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400
www.ece.orgCourier Address:
101 W. Pleasant St., Ste. 200
Milwaukee, WI 53212-3963
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Educational Consultants
7101 SW 102 Ave.
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616
www.jsilny.com
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
(310) 258-9451
www.ierf.org
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Foreign Education Credential Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Ste. 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
(202) 296-3359
www.aacrao.org/credential/individual.cfm

Transfer Requirements for Admission

ACOM accepts qualified transfer students based upon the procedures outlined below. Transfer applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee.

  1. Transfer credits are approved only if the student is currently in good standing and is eligible for readmission to the previously attended COM or other Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) medical school.
  2. Credits may be transferred only from medical schools and colleges accredited either by the AOA, COCA or by the LCME.
  3. Students requesting a transfer to ACOM from another COM must, at a minimum, complete the last two years at ACOM.
  4. When students transfer from an LCME accredited medical school or college to a COM at least two years of instruction must be completed with the COM. In the case of LCME transfers, the COM requirement for osteopathic manipulative medicine must be completed prior to graduation.
  5. The curriculum of the school from which the student is transferring must be equivalent to the ACOM curriculum. Decisions about curriculum equivalence between institutions will be decided by the ACOM Curriculum Committee regardless of individual student qualifications.
  6. First year curriculums vary from school to school thus it is sometimes not feasible to transfer between the first and second year of medical school. In general, transferring into the third year of medical school is more feasible for the student. Students transferring into the third year must have passed COMLEX Level I.
  7. Transfer credits are evaluated by the curriculum committee and appropriate course directors to determine equivalency in ACOM’s curriculum. Course numbers will be entered corresponding to the previous institution on the ACOM transcript with the equivalent ACOM course title listed. Grades will be listed and included in ACOM’s overall GPA calculation and class rank determination.

New Matriculate Transfer of Doctoral Credit Policy

Requests for transfer of credit for ACOM pre-clinical coursework will be considered on a case-by-case basis from student applicants with previous doctoral-level degree coursework who have been accepted to ACOM as new matriculates. The student must provide the college catalogue, syllabus, and official transcripts from the college/university in which the course was originally credited to provide ACOM faculty sufficient information to decide if the course in question is equivalent to that offered in the Doctor of Osteopathic Curriculum at ACOM. The course descriptions, course content, grade, and course credit hour equivalency will be approved at the following sequential levels:

  1. Course Director
  2. Associate Dean of appropriate Division
  3. Academic Planning & Evaluation Curriculum Committee
  4. Dean’s Cabinet
  5. Dean

For each course under consideration, a “Request for Transfer Credit” form must be completed, with the appropriate signatures, and filed with the Division of Student Services prior to the start of the class. The signed form becomes a part of your academic file at ACOM and serves as a record of your completion of those course requirements. A letter grade will be assigned to the course under recommendation and approval at all levels and notated as a transfer credit on the transcript. The letter grade will be calculated into the GPA. If approved, the student will not be required to register for the course. Students will be encouraged to use their course time to increase their expertise in the subject matter or serve as assistants/tutors for their classmates.

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Below is a list of required financial forms for ACOM’s SGA-sanctioned clubs, interest groups and organizations.

Pre-Approval Form

Travel Fund Application

Organization Checking Accounts Policy

Organization Budget Template

Media requests or questions? Contact an ACOM media representative.

ACOM’s Office of the Registrar provides forms related to student information that may be useful to current and prospective students. If you have a question about a form or do not see the form you need, please contact the Registrar at (334) 699-2266 or at register@acom.edu.

Replacement Diploma Form
Change of Name and Contact Information Request
Release for Letter of Recommendation
Request for Release of Information
Absence Notification and Approval Form
Club Officer Certification Form

Below is a list of other forms for ACOM’s SGA-sanctioned clubs, interest groups and organizations.

Student Service Activity or Event Form

Apparel and Item Approval Form

Club Information Form

ACOM Media Release Form

Guest Speaker Form

Accounts

Password Change/Reset
Email and OneDrive


Teaching and Learning

Event Request Form

Office of Information Systems Policies

Access Controls Security Policy
ACOM User ID Policy
Data Classification and Security Policy
Electronic Mail Policy
Information Security
Information Technology Usage Policy
Internet and WWW Page Policy
IT Security Incident Reporting and Response Policy
Media Sanitization and Disposal Policy
Operations and Management Security Policy
Physical and Environmental Security Policy
Security for Information, Computing, and Network Preferences
System Development and Maintenance Security Policy
Wireless Local Area Network Policy
Official Electronic Correspondence with Faculty, Staff, and Students
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing Policy

Submit a Problem or Question

The OIS Service Desk is available to help you with technology-related questions or problems. You can call, email, or just drop by.

Contact Information

support@acomedu.org

Chat Online

Password Change/Reset

(334) 699-2266 ext. 4141

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Our Goal

The goal of the OIS Service Desk is to provide ACOM faculty, staff, and students with an effective primary point of contact for ACOM recommended software and computing resources. The OIS Service Desk will resolve the issue or distribute the call to the appropriate staff, technology group, or appropriate resource in order to best meet the needs of the client.
myACOM myACOM: for students, faculty and staff to collaborate.
SeaMed SeaMed: Learning management site. View course material.
PaperCut PaperCut: Virtual printing management site add money to account and web print.
Email Email: Web access to your email and OneDrive.
DNA Citrix Desktop DNA Citrix Desktop: Access all network resources from any device.
iTunes U iTunes University: Public website.
SimulationIQ Simulation IQ: Clinical simulation portal.
SeaMed ACOM Self Service: Student portal used to pay fees and tuition.

 

Self Help Links

Password Reset
Office 365 & Email
More help and instructions
Email on mobile devices
iTunes U
myACOM
Power Campus Self-Service
Printers
PaperCut Printing

Forms & Templates


Posters


Summer Research Opportunities

Policies

Principal Investigator (or Co-PI) and Project Director (or Co-PD)
Human Subjects Policy
Biosafety Policy
Limited Submission Policy
Lobbying Activity
Ethical Policies for Conducting Research


Forms & Applications

Faculty/Student Routing and Grant Acquisition Form
IBC Incident Report Form
IBC Modification Form
IBC Application


Templates

Budget Proposal Template
Consent Form Template
Project Biosafety Manual Template

Guides

Research Proposal/Research Protocol Guide
IRB for Human Subjects Use Submission Procedure
Decision Tree for IRB Submission
De-Identification Guide
Significant Sample Size Guide
Biosafety Manual


Applications & Checklists

Exempt Application Checklist
Expedited Application Checklist
Full Review Application


Key Personnel

Nicole Mitchell, MA, MLIS
Chair of ACOM Institutional Review Board
Associate Professor of Library and Information Sciences

Katelyn Flynn
Faculty Research Compliance & Grants/Projects Manager

Research Committee

The goal of ACOM’s Research Committee is to establish a premier research institute and maintain a comprehensive research program founded in bench, clinical, medical education, and translational research including community outreach programs that engage osteopathic students in research interests and opportunities.


Members

Christina Kennedy, PhD
Chair of ACOM Research Committee
Assistant Professor of Physiology

James D. Foster, PhD
Associate Dean of Anatomical Sciences, Molecular Medicine, Research & Graduate Studies

Audrey Vasauskas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology

Kim Schoeffel, DO
Professor of Pediatrics

Ronda Carter, MD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Krissy Wood
Coordinator of Willed Body Program and Research Lab

Katelyn Flynn
Faculty Research Compliance & Grants/Program Manager

Resources

Grant Basics Presentation
Budget FAQs


Templates

Sample Timeline
Budget Proposal Template

Training

CITI Program
CITI Registration Instructions


Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest Policy
What are conflicts?

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Date and Time

Graduation is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and is expected to conclude by 12:00 noon. The Dothan Civic Center will open at 9:00 a.m. to begin seating families and guests. Students, faculty and guest hooders are expected to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. for commencement line-up. All guest hooders are required to attend a rehearsal at the Dothan Civic Center at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Location

The Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Dothan Civic Center located at 126 North St. Andrews Street. There is ample parking throughout the downtown area within walking distance of the Dothan Civic Center.

Guest Speaker

The guest speaker for the commencement ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Tickets

The commencement ceremony is NOT a ticketed event. The Dothan Civic Center has ample space for any number of desired guests. Please be courteous and do not save seats prior to the ceremony in order to allow all guests the opportunity for seating.

Photography

GradImages® will be the photography vendor for the commencement ceremony. Families and guests are invited to take their own pictures during the ceremony in a designated area that does not interfere with the professional photographers and audience viewing. Individual pictures will be taken of each students hooding and bestowal of diploma. GradImages® will provide a web link to all students with information about purchasing ceremony photographs no later 72 hours following commencement.

Videography

Silver Digital Media will be the videography vendor for the commencement ceremony. Families and guests are invited to take their own video during the ceremony at their seats or in designated areas that does not interfere with the professional videographers and audience viewing. Students and families can pre-order copies of the ceremony DVD prior to commencement or the day of the event. Details about orders and other information to follow.

Hooder Eligibility

ACOM graduating students may select a guest hooder or faculty hooder to hood them during the ceremony. All guest hooders must hold a terminal degree in their field (i.e. DO, MD, PhD, etc.). All guest hooders will be reviewed by ACOM administration to determine eligibility for hooding. Guest Hooders are required to attend the Hooder rehearsal at the Dothan Civic Center on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. All hooders must wear regalia.

Rehearsal Schedule

ACOM will hold a Hooder Rehearsal on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. All guest hooders are required to attend this rehearsal in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. All hooders must bring their regalia to the rehearsal and ceremony. If you are a guest hooder and need to order regalia, please visit the following link: (Link Coming Soon!).

Hooder Event Logistics

All guest hooders will have a designated seating area on the main floor of the Dothan Civic Center near the graduating class. More details will be provided at the Hooder Rehearsal.

Order Regalia

ACOM has partnered with Oak Hall Cap & Gown to provide the finest regalia for commencement. ACOM negotiated the lowest rate possible for regalia rental. All guest hooders must rent or provide their own regalia in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. All regalia must be returned at the conclusion of commencement. The cost includes the rental of the gown, hood, tam and tassel. In order to avoid shipping costs, all regalia will be shipped directly to ACOM and made available for hooders to pick-up at the Hooder Rehearsal at the Dothan Civic Center on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. (the morning of graduation). Guest hooders can rent regalia through the webpage setup by Oak Hall Cap & Gown: link to follow.

General Information

Grad Gear

Signature Announcements is the vendor for ACOM Graduation Gear, including announcements/invitations, diploma frames and class rings. Students will order all graduation gear directly through Signature Announcements. Link coming soon!

Alumni Affairs

The Alumni Association will provide opportunities for you to stay engaged with the college after graduation and throughout your career. Students will learn more about the Alumni Association during the Exit Conference on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Click here for more information about ACOM’s Office of Alumni Affairs.

Accommodations

Dothan has a variety of hotel accommodations available for families and guests attending the graduation ceremony that are close to the event venue. Many hotels in the area honor an ACOM rate. Please see the list of hotels near the ACOM campus and Dothan Civic Center.

Dining

Dothan has a variety of chain restaurants and local eateries to satisfy all appetites. Many restaurants will take reservations. For a complete list of Dining options, click here.

Event Tickets

ACOM provides a select number of tickets to student family members and guests for events during the week. Commencement is not a ticketed event, and all families and guests are welcome to attend! Please check with your student for specific details about ticketed events.

Special Accommodations

ACOM is happy to accommodate special needs of families and guests during the ceremony. Please contact Sarah Senn, Director of Communications & Marketing, Division of Student Services at (334) 944-4017 or by email at ssenn@acom.edu to request special accommodations during the graduation ceremony.

Event Photography

GradImages® will be the photography vendor for the commencement ceremony. Families and guests are invited to take their own pictures during the ceremony in a designated area that does not interfere with the professional photographers and audience viewing. Individual pictures will be taken of each students hooding and bestowal of diploma. GradImages® will provide a web link to all students with information about purchasing ceremony photographs no later 72 hours following commencement.

Event Videography

Silver Digital Media will be the videography vendor for the commencement ceremony. Families and guests are invited to take their own video during the ceremony at their seats or in designated areas that does not interfere with the professional videographers and audience viewing. Students and families can pre-order copies of the ceremony DVD prior to commencement or the day of the event. Details about orders and other information to follow.

Agenda

Graduation week activities for the Class of 2018 will begin Thursday, May 31, 2018. Students are expected to arrive in Dothan on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in preparation for the mandatory exit conference on Thursday. The agenda listed below outlines the events and activities for the week. More information to follow.


Awards Gala

Thursday, May 31, 2018
6 p.m.
Dothan Civic Center

ACOM invites all Class of 2018 students and up to guests two (2) guests per student to attend the Graduation Gala on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m at the Dothan Civic Center. Join us for this celebration of student accomplishments! Dinner and music will be provided. A limited number of additional tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis with a limit of two (2) additional tickets per student.

**Tickets Required**


Military Commissioning

Friday, June 1, 2018
12 noon
ACOM Campus, Team-Based Learning Center

ACOM will recognize and commission Class of 2018 military students in a special ceremony to be held on campus in the Team-Based Learning Center. This event is for military students only. Each military student may bring up to 10 guests. Lunch will be provided. The guest speaker for the event will be announced soon.

**Tickets Required**


Class Reception

Friday, June 1, 2018
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
ACOM Campus

Students, families and guests are invited to attend a celebratory class reception on the ACOM campus on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Guests can tour the campus and stop by the Gift Shop to purchase ACOM merchandise.

**Tickets Required**


Rehearsals

Student Rehearsal: Friday, June 1, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.
Hooder Rehearsal: Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 7:30 a.m.
Dothan Civic Center

ACOM will hold two graduation rehearsals at the Dothan Civic Center. Students are required to attend the rehearsal on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. Guest Hooders are required to attend the Hooder Rehearsal on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

**Rehearsals are mandatory**


Commencement

Saturday, June 2, 2018
10 a.m.
Dothan Civic Center

ACOM will hold the Class of 2018 Graduation at the Dothan Civic Center, scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and is expected to conclude by 12:00 noon. The venue will open at 9:00 a.m. to begin seating families and guests. Students, faculty and guest hooders are expected to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. for commencement line-up.

**NO Tickets Required**

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