BCOM seeks to recruit and admit a diverse cohort of students who have shown commitment to serving the medically underserved and/or rural areas. BCOM uses a holistically driven admissions process whereby applicants are assessed in several different areas including academic and non-academic characteristics. Prior to an applicant beginning the admissions process, the following minimum requirements must be met:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to date of
    matriculation into BCOM.
  • Cumulative science grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A 493 or higher (with no subsections lower than the 15th percentile) on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Scores older than three years prior to July of the year of matriculation will not be considered.

Qualified applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements will be invited to submit a supplemental application. The supplemental application, along with all required AACOMAS application materials, must be present for evaluation and progression in the admissions process.

  • Cumulative science grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum MCAT score of 493 (no subsections below a 15%) with a test date from July 2017 to present

Required: The following courses are required for admission into BCOM. Prerequisite coursework must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. All applicants must complete the required prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university within the United States; this includes all foreign degree conferred applicants

Biology courses with labs* 8 credit hrs.
Chemistry General/Inorganic courses with labs* 8 credit hrs.
Organic Chemistry courses with labs* 8 credit hrs.
Physics courses with labs* 8 credit hrs.
English courses 6 credit hrs.
Science course elective** 3 credit hrs.

*Laboratory credits are required with science courses without exception. Recommended courses to meet science elective prerequisite include advanced courses in biological sciences, biochemistry, cell biology genetics, human anatomy, physiology, immunology, microbiology, neurosciences and behavioral sciences. BCOM does not consider alternative educational experiences. Under special circumstances, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine reserves the right to use discretion to admit students who do not meet these minimum requirements. Students who have a stronger biological sciences foundation have been shown to be more successful in their transition to medical school studies. Recommended advanced coursework includes:

Biochemistry Cell Biology Genetics
Human Anatomy Physiology Immunology
Microbiology Neuroscience Behavioral Science

**Faculty recommends that the elective be one of the recommended advanced coursework sciences, seen in the table above.

Applicants are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation with their applications; each applicant may submit up to six (6) letters in the AACOMAS application. All letters need to include an official letterhead and electronic signature with contact information. Applicants should inform faculty of these requirements when requesting letters.

Required three (3) letters of recommendation are as follows:

  • One (1) letter from a physician (D.O. or M.D.) that details your exposure to patients. Information on contacting an osteopathic physician in your community is available at:  www.osteopathic.org or your state osteopathic association.

And one of the following:

  • One (1) Pre-medical/health advisory committee letter that includes the names and departments of the committee members.
  • Two (2) academic letters written by college hard science professors/researchers.
    • Non-traditional students may submit letters from an immediate supervisor in place of the pre-med advisory committee or science professors. Non-traditional applicants are those who have not been enrolled in any science coursework for three years or more at the time of application submission.

Letters authored by the following will not be counted towards the completion of the three required letters: letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, coaches, personal trainers, veterinarians, dentists, physicians that are self-disclosed family friends.

Letters that were not attached to an applicant’s AACOMAS application, can be emailed by the referee directly to admissions@bcomnm.org, or mailed to the BCOM Office of Admissions at: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, 3501 Arrowhead Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88001.

BCOM requires all prospective students to meet several admissions requirements beyond academic merit alone. Applicants should seek to obtain hours for medical, non-medical, and community volunteer experiences. These experiences should demonstrate qualities such as maturity, personal integrity, cultural competence, and medical school readiness. BCOM will also give value to students who are committed to serving rural and medically underserved areas and who will contribute to demonstrate the potential impact of BCOM and the osteopathic medical profession in these areas.

Coursework taken at 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 of the courses
  • Subject codes
  • Semester hours
  • Grades on the AACOMAS Academic Record or Professional School Academic Record as per the instructions.

Your application will be incomplete 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
Courier Address:
64 Beaver St., #146
New York, NY 10004
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400
Courier 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
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
(310) 258-9451

All applicants must complete the required prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university within the United States; this includes all foreign degree conferred applicants

Course substitutions may be approved in some situations and are at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Example: Fulfilling the (6) credit English prerequisite requirement – for any course not labeled as English, additional information must be provided by the applicant to show the writing-intensive nature of the course.
An applicant must provide the following information for consideration:

  • Course description from the college catalog
  • Course syllabus
  • A faculty/registrar letter detailing course content

Documentation providing the most detail will expedite the process. Until the additional information is received, applications will be placed in a hold status.

BCOM will follow the calculated grade point averages (GPAs) sent in the AACOMAS application.

Minimum GPAs: BCOM will review all GPAs when evaluating applicants’ readiness; however, only the cumulative science GPA is used as a qualifying/disqualifying minimum standard.

  • Cumulative Science GPA – 3.0 or above
  • Cumulative Non-science GPA – no minimum
  • Overall GPA – no minimum

All pass, failed and repeated coursework will be considered. Pass/fail grades will not be considered for courses that provide a letter/numeric grade option. AP can be used to fulfill prerequisite coursework requirements when the credit hours and grade are individually listed on the college transcript.

For more detailed information on how AACOMAS calculates GPAs, please visit the AACOM website.

Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a PDF copy (front and back) of their permanent resident card (“green card”) prior to admission. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for admission to the D.O. program at this time.

*Permanent residency status “pending,” is not eligible for admission. Active green cards cannot be scheduled to expire at any point during the projected full years of attendance at BCOM through graduation.

If you are considering applying to become a student at BCOM, please make sure that you carefully read the Health and Technical Standards document. If you have specific questions concerning these admission requirements and recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (575) 674-2210 or by email at admissions@bcomnm.org.

For a complete description of the admissions process and the minimum technical requirements, please see the Catalog.