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 2021-2022 cycle: July 2019

Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum pre-screening requirements will be invited to complete and submit a Supplemental Application. Applicants must submit the Supplemental Application to become eligible for further review.

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

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 prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of​ “C” or higher:

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

*Or equivalent to one year with laboratory component.
**Biochemistry hours may count towards fulfilling hour requirements for General/Inorganic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry or the Science Elective.
***Recommended courses to meet Science Elective prerequisite include advanced courses in behavioral sciences, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, human anatomy, immunology, molecular biology, neurosciences, physiology.
****Approved English course subjects are those listed within the AACOMAS English category. For those courses not included in the AACOMAS English category list, applicants will be expected to provide a course syllabus and/or course catalog description to the Office of Admissions for evaluation.

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Letters of Recommendation – Three (3) required letters of recommendation include:

  • One letter from a physician (D.O. or M.D. accepted) AND
  • One of the following:
    • One pre-medical committee letter OR
    • Two academic letters written by science professors, scientific research advisors, or equivalent
      • Non-traditional students who have not been enrolled in any science coursework for three (3) years or more, may submit letters from employment supervisors.

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The AACOMAS application allows for six total letters of recommendation to be submitted. Letters should be formatted on letterhead and include credentials. Letters from relatives will not satisfy the requirement. If an applicant is asked to provide an updated and/or new letter of recommendation, it can be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the following accepted methods:

  • Virtual Evals
  • Interfolio
  • Directly by Referee to the Office of 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 experience 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.,

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