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Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions

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What is the history of ACOM?

ACOM is a four-year, comprehensive osteopathic medical school located in Dothan, Alabama.  As the academic division of the Houston County Health Care Authority, the private, non-profit college was founded in 2010 to help address the primary care physician shortage in Alabama.  ACOM is the third medical school in Alabama and the first osteopathic medical school in the state.

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What is a college of osteopathic medicine?

The United States Department of Education recognizes two schools of medicine to train physicians to provide health care to the public — colleges of osteopathic medicine leading to a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (DO) and colleges of medicine leading to a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD).  Both types of schools develop completely trained physicians by offering four years of undergraduate medical training which is followed by three to seven years of graduate medical education (residency and fellowship training).  Both DOs and MDs must pass examinations that qualify them for unrestricted licenses to practice all the specialties of medicine.

Why does Alabama need a college of osteopathic medicine?

There is a projected overall national shortage of 160,000 physicians by 2020.  Even though 20 percent of the population lives in rural areas, only 9 percent of all physicians practice there.  Fifty-five of Alabama’s 67 counties are considered rural by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and only 7 counties in Alabama have been identified as having enough primary care physicians to provide the minimum of care.  More than 1 million Alabamians are without adequate access to a primary care physician.  Addressing this shortage is the central focus behind the founding of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Is ACOM accredited?

ACOM was granted full accreditation from COCA on April 6, 2017.  ACOM is licensed by the Alabama Department of Public Education and is fully accredited through the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).  COCA is the only accrediting body for predoctoral osteopathic medical education and is recognized by the US Department of Education.

How many students will be enrolled in each entering class at ACOM?

ACOM is approved to matriculate up to 210 students each fall.  Accepted students come from all 50 states and about 50 percent of the class is made up of students from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.  Currently, the total number of students enrolled at ACOM is approximately 620.

How do I apply to ACOM?

ACOM only accepts applications through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).  This centralized application service opens in May each year for students who wish to apply for the class entering the following year.  For more information about AACOMAS, visit

What are the competitive scores for ACOM?

A competitive applicant has an MCAT score of 501 (26 on the old exam) and an overall GPA of 3.4 (4.0 scale).  The competitive science GPA is 3.3 (4.0 scale).

What are ACOM's admissions requirements?

Prior to matriculation each applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • high school diploma or its recognized equivalent
  • bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Students with 75% of coursework completed toward a baccalaureate degree may be considered under special circumstances and must be approved by the Dean.
  • 8 semester hours of Biology with labs
  • 8 semester hours of Physics with labs
  • 8 semester hours of Inorganic (General) Chemistry with labs
  • 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 6 semester hours of English Composition and/or Literature
  • Official exam scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
    • Prospective students are urged to take the test as early as possible.  The January test date will be the last one accepted for the current cycle.  The MCAT must be taken within 4 years of the desired date of matriculation.
Does ACOM allow substitutes for any required prerequisite courses?

ACOM does not usually accept substitutes for the required courses.  Equivalent coursework may be considered for prerequisite courses through the review and approval by the Dean of Student Services.  Most COM’s follow the AACOMAS definition of science courses to determine science GPA and science hours.  See the AACOMAS website for more information.

Will the Admissions Committee accept a letter from one of my professors in lieu of an evaluation from a premedical advisor/committee?

Yes.  In lieu of a premedical advisor or committee letter, 2 signed letters written by college science professors can be accepted.  Letters should be from faculty who instructed you in the required science courses or recommended upper-level science courses (biology, chemistry, or physics).  Letters from social science (e.g., psychology, sociology, etc.) or math professors will not count toward this requirement.

Must an applicant submit a letter of recommendation from a DO?

No.  A physician letter is required, but ACOM will accept a letter of recommendation from either a DO or MD.  We strongly recommend that applicants spend time with an osteopathic physician to increase awareness of the osteopathic philosophy and practice.  Submitting a letter from a DO is a way of demonstrating the applicant’s understanding of and commitment to the osteopathic medical profession.

What are ACOM's averages for GPA and MCAT?

For the 2017 cycle, applicants had the following average quality metrics:  total GPA average of 3.40; science GPA of 3.3; and MCAT score of 501 (26 on the old exam).  ACOM uses a holistic approach when reviewing applications.  Personal characteristics, past accomplishments, how well your future goals align with ACOM’s mission, and other factors are also important in the application process.

Does ACOM accept international or non-permanent residents?

ACOM does not accept international or non-permanent residents at this time.  Applicants with DACA status also cannot be considered at this time.  Undergraduate coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for US-institution equivalence and can be evaluated by any one of several services designated by AACOMAS for this purpose.

What should an applicant expect in the interview process?

ACOM uses a rolling admissions cycle and schedules applicant interviews August through April of the application year.  Applicants are invited to campus for an interview, faculty and staff presentations, and a tour of the facility.  The schedule includes a single, open-file interview with basic science faculty, clinical faculty, administrators, and/or community physicians.

May I submit more than the required 3 letters of recommendation?

Yes, but it is not encouraged.  Any additional letter(s) of recommendation (LOR) should touch on something not mentioned in previous LORs.  Additional LORs that repeat the same information are not necessary.

What if I am a non-traditional student who has been out of college for more than 2 years?

Non-traditional students who have been out of college for more than 2 years and have not taken recent prerequisite or other classes must have letters from their immediate supervisor.  A physician letter is also required.

Are any application of deposit fees refundable?

All application and deposit fees are non-refundable.  ACOM does waive the supplemental application fee for those who have been approved for the AACOMAS fee waiver.

Alumni Life Events

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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

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

Official Organization Information Form

ACOM Media Release Form

Guest Speaker Form


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
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy
Electronic Mail Policy
Information Security Plan
Information Technology Usage Policy
Internet and WWW Page Policy
IT Security Incident Reporting and Response Policy
Backup and Retention 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
ACOM Printing Policy
ACOM Security Camera 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

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
myACOM Sharepoint site
Power Campus Self-Service
PaperCut Printing

Forms & Templates


Summer Research Opportunities


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


Budget Proposal Template
Clinical Vignette Informed Consent Template
Project Biosafety Manual Template


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.


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

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

Audrey Vasauskas, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology

Kim Schoeffel, DO
Professor of Pediatrics

Ronda Carter, MD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Krissy Travers
Coordinator of Willed Body Program and Anatomy & Research Labs

Katelyn Flynn
Faculty Research Compliance & Grants/Projects Manager


Grant Basics Presentation
Budget FAQs


Sample Timeline
Budget Proposal Template


CITI Program
CITI Registration Instructions

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest Policy
What are conflicts?

Register for an Admissions Tour!

Register for a Prospective Student Open House!

Other Forms and Acknowledgments


Time Sheet (Single Student)

Time Sheet (Group)

SME Acknowledgment