The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine uses a holistically driven admissions process whereby applicants are assessed in several different areas, including academic and non-academic characteristics. The College’s admissions process has been developed in an attempt to identify characteristics that are aligned with its mission. Applicants from both in-state and out-of-state are encouraged to apply; at this time the College is unable to consider international applicants.

Prior to progressing in the admissions process, applicants will be pre-screened for the following minimum requirements:

  • 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). Oldest test dates considered for the 2020-2021 cycle: July 2018

Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum pre-screening requirements will be invited to submit a Supplemental Application. The returned Supplemental Application, along with the other required application materials, will be reviewed prior to further progression in the admissions process.

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Additional information concerning some of the further requirements and application directives:

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

Completion of the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” or higher. Applicants must complete the prerequisite courses at a college or university within the United States that is accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education; inclusive of online coursework and all foreign degree conferred applicants.

  • Biology courses with labs* 8 credit hours (or equivalent**)
  • General/Inorganic Chemistry courses with labs* 8 credit hours (or equivalent**)
  • Organic Chemistry courses with labs* 8 credit hours (or equivalent**)
  • Physics courses with labs* 8 credit hours (or equivalent**)
  • Science course elective 3 credit hours
  • English courses*** 6 credit hours

*Laboratory credits are required for the designated science courses. Biochemistry cannot be used to satisfy the Organic Chemistry requirement. Recommended courses to meet science elective prerequisite include advanced courses in genetics, immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neurosciences and behavioral sciences. Individual Advanced Placement (AP) courses included on transcripts, that meet requirements, may also be considered.

**Or equivalent to one year with laboratory components.

***Approved coursework to fulfill the English requirement are those courses labelled: English, Basic Composition, Composition, Creative Writing, Literature, Rhetoric, Technical Writing, and/or Writing. For those not labelled as such, applicants must provide a course syllabus and course catalog description to the Office of Admissions for evaluation. All proposed substitute courses must be writing intensive and/or have satisfied the undergraduate institution’s English/Writing requirement.

Applicants are required to have the following letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf:

  • One letter from a physician (DO or MD accepted)
  • And one of the following options:
    • One pre-medical committee letter -or-
    • Two academic letters written by science professors, scientific research advisors, or an equivalent
      • Non-traditional students, those who have not been enrolled in any science coursework for 3 years or more, may submit letters from employment supervisors.

Letters should be formatted on letterhead and include credentials. Applicants are responsible for informing referring individuals of these requirements when requesting letters. The AACOMAS application allows for six total letters of recommendation to be submitted. Letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, coaches, personal trainers, veterinarians, dentists or the applicant’s family physician (unless you have shadowed or worked with the physician) will not be accepted.

If an applicant is asked to provide updated and/or new letters of recommendation, those can be submitted to Admissions by the following accepted methods:

  • Virtual Evals
  • Interfolio
  • Directly by Referee to Admissions –
    • Email (
    • Mail: Office of Admissions
      Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
      3501 Arrowhead Dr.
      Las Cruces, NM 88001

Applicants are encouraged to not only provide an account of academic merits, but to also provide details on any extracurricular, medical, non-medical, and/or community volunteer, experiences hours they have accumulated prior to applying.

The College also seeks to admit students who are committed to serving rural and medically underserved areas and who will contribute to the potential impact of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine and the osteopathic medical profession in these areas.

Transcripts submitted from institutions outside the United States of America (U.S.) or Canada must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the services listed below. An official report must be sent from the service directly to AACOM and the College. The applicant should retain a copy of the report to reference in completing the AACOMAS application. The report should contain a course-by-course evaluation, including a listing of courses, subject codes, semester hours and grades on the AACOMAS Academic Record or Professional School Academic Record as per the instructions. Unofficial copies of any equivalence evaluation report will not be accepted. The following is a list of foreign evaluation vendors. The College does not endorse nor recommend any particular vendor.

  • World Education Services (WES),
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.,
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.,
  • International Education Research Foundation, Inc.,

Applicants must satisfy the required minimum credits for English. For those applicants that did not take courses labeled as English, Basic Composition, Composition, Creative Writing, Literature, Rhetoric, Technical Writing, and/or Writing, but feel the English prerequisite is satisfied, please send an email with the following information to the Office of Admissions at Please provide the proposed substitution course syllabus and/or course catalog description, and any additional official information and links that demonstrate the proposed course was writing intensive and/or satisfied the undergraduate institution’s English/Writing requirement.

Once received, an evaluation will be conducted to determine whether the proposed courses qualifies as an approved substitution or if the proposed substitution course does not qualify as a replacement.

Minimum Cumulative Science GPA – 3.0 or above

While there are no set minimum requirements for a non-science GPA or overall GPA, each will still be reviewed when evaluating an applicant’s academic record. The College will follow the calculated grade point averages (GPAs) submitted in the verified AACOMAS application. For more detailed information on how AACOMAS calculates GPAs, please visit the AACOM website.

Applicants will be asked to present proof of legal U.S. residency status. Applicants who are legal, permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their permanent resident card prior to progressing in the admission process. In the event that permanent residency status is revoked, abandoned or otherwise lost following matriculation, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine shall not be held responsible nor liable in any way for claims, damages, losses, expenses or liabilities whatsoever, related to or arising from such student’s inability to complete, or any delay in completion of the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree program.

If you are considering applying to become a student of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, please make sure that you have carefully read the Minimal Technical Standards found in the Catalog. Should you have specific questions concerning Admission requirements, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (575) 674-2210, or by email at