The BCOM will consider all eligible applicants that submit a competitive application.  BCOM will give value to students who are committed to serving these rural and medically underserved areas and who will contribute to demonstrate the potential impact of BCOM and the osteopathic medical profession in these areas. BCOM believes that a diverse student body is imperative for the development of all future physicians and therefore will dedicate effort in recruiting a diverse student body.

Please Note: At this time BCOM is unable to consider international applicants.

Competitive and Selective Admissions Process
Applicants are evaluated using a holistic philosophy within a competitive and selective framework. The domains that will be considered by the Admissions Committee in the selection process are, but not limited to, the following:

  • Academic accomplishment
  • Personal characteristics of a healer
  • Propensity for the underserved and mission of BCOM

BCOM uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified candidates from an applicant pool expected to exceed 3,000. The 2018 class will hold 150 seats.

Rolling Admissions
BCOM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and student interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admission cycle. Interviews are conducted and selection decisions are made until the class is filled. Applicants will be notified of their admission status after the Admissions Review Committee has made a recommendation to the Dean. Candidates should apply early in the admissions cycle to be competitive in this process.

Application Schedule
All applicants applying to BCOM are strongly encouraged to begin the application process a year prior to their anticipated matriculation.


  • AACOMAS Centralized Application Service opens.
  • Contact all colleges and universities attended and have official transcripts forwarded directly from the educational institution to AACOMAS.
  • Complete application process.


  • ACCOMAS Application reviews begin using a rolling admissions process.
  • BCOM Invitations to complete the supplemental application are sent to qualified applicants.


  • Interview schedule begins.

April 1:

  • AACOMAS Centralized Application Service deadline.
  • BCOM’s supplemental applications continue to be accepted and processed until all class seats have been filled.

April 15:

  • All transcripts and documents have to be submitted to AACOMAS.


  • ACCOMAS Centralized Application Service closed.
  • Applicants Wait List will continue to be used until all class seats have been filled.


BCOM Application Process
The Office of Admissions has provided the necessary steps for filing an application below. The Admissions staff are here to make the application process as easy and pleasant as possible. Students should contact the Office of Admissions at with any questions.


BCOM participates in the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). The AACOMAS offers prospective students a convenient and centralized online application service for accredited osteopathic medical schools. Through AACOMAS, students file one electronic application, which is then verified and distributed by AACOMAS to all the osteopathic colleges designated by the student. The AACOMAS application service is available in early May and applications may be submitted in early June annually. As part of the AACOMAS application you will need:

  1. To arrange for your original transcripts to be sent directly to AACOMAS and
  2. Have your MCAT scores transmitted electronically to AACOMAS.

AACOMAS can be reached at or AACOMAS, 5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231, telephone number: (301) 968-4100.

For more information regarding fees and Step-by-Step application instructions, please refer to the Application Instruction Guide provided on the AACOMAS website.

Upon receipt of your completed AACOMAS application, the Admissions Committee will review all applications and extend an invitation to complete the BCOM Supplemental Application to students who meet our admissions criteria.

Applicant must present a competitive:

  • Cumulative science grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum MCAT score of 493 with a test date from August 2015 to present
  • No score for MCAT sub-sections lower than the 15th percentile

Applicants will be required to submit the supplemental application with the appropriate supporting materials:

  1. Applicants must complete and submit the Supplemental Application with supporting materials to the Office of Admissions online (PDF) or print the PDF version and submit it to the Office of Admissions.
  2. The nonrefundable/waiver $80 processing fee can be paid online with a credit card or, if you mail your application, include a check or money order payable to Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Note: Students approved for a fee waiver by AACOMAS will automatically be eligible for a waiver from BCOM. However, the BCOM fee will need to be paid at the time of the Supplemental submission and following fee waiver status is confirmed by AACOMAS via the list sent to the COMs, a refund will be issued to applicant.
  1. Supplemental Applications will be due no later than April 16 to be considered for admission to BCOM.
  2. Along with the Supplemental Application, applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters that were not attached to an applicant’s AACOMAS application, can be emailed by the referee directly to, or mailed to the BCOM Office of Admissions at: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, 3501 Arrowhead Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88001. You will be given a deadline for the receipt of letters.

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

  • One letter from a physician (D.O. or M.D.) that details your exposure to patients and your ability to perform in a medical setting. It can reflect shadowing, volunteer, or work experience. Information on contacting an osteopathic physician in your community is available at:, or your state osteopathic association.

And one of the following:

  • One pre-med advisory committee letter that includes the names and departments of the committee members
  • Two academic letters written by college science includes the names and departments of the committee members professors who have instructed you in the prerequisite courses. These letters should be on letterhead with academic credentials in the signature line. Students should inform faculty of these requirements when requesting letters. We only accept letters from instructors of biology, chemistry or physics; letters from social science (e.g. psychology, sociology, etc.) or math professors will not count toward this requirement.
  • Non-Traditional students may submit a letter from an immediate supervisor in place of the pre-med advisory committee or Science professors.

The following letters will not be accepted toward completion of your admission file: letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, coaches, personal trainers, veterinarians, dentists, your family physician or pediatrician (unless you have shadowed or worked with the physician) – authors should be as objective as possible.

Letters should be sent to BCOM through the preferred services of AACOMAS, VirtualEvals or Interfolio.  If these are not available – letters can be sent to:

BCOM Office of Admissions
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
3501 Arrowhead Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88001

All Supplemental Applications and all support documents must be received by April 15 in order for applicants to be considered for interviews.

An applicant’s complete file, containing the AACOMAS application and required BCOM supplemental application and supporting materials, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee (see Admissions Application Review Process for details) to decide which applicants to invite to an on-campus interview.


Interviews are conducted from August until the class is filled. Applicants selected for an on-campus interview will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. The applicant will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.

Following the receipt of all requested information and the interview process, the Admissions Committee at its weekly meeting will once again review the applicant’s file. Applicant decisions will be assigned to the following categories:

  • Acceptance
  • Waitlist
  • Rejection

Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to track the admissions process