The BCOM – BEAR Pathway is a direct application program designed to encourage students from the Southwestern U.S. (defined as New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; and Southern Arizona); and all American Indian and Alaskan Native Tribal Nations to apply directly to BCOM for admission and by-pass the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) application process. The BEAR Pathway is reserved for those exclusively applying to Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine during an admissions cycle. Applicants cannot have open or pending applications at other medical institutions while using the BEAR Pathway.

To qualify for the BEAR Pathway an applicant must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a current resident of the BEAR area: New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; southern Arizona (Tucson and below); or a member of a Federally Recognized Tribal Nation Reservation/Jurisdictional area
  • Graduated from a BEAR area high school and still maintains a permanent and/or current address within the BEAR area
  • Currently attending/recent graduate (3 years or fewer) of a BEAR area college or university; as well as any tribal college or university
    • An applicant is eligible for the BEAR Pathway even though s/he is not a resident of one of the designated areas, but is attending a college or university within the BEAR area. For example, an applicant who is a resident of Vermont and is currently attending New Mexico State University is eligible to use the BEAR Pathway.

BEAR Pathway Benefits:

  • No master application fee
  • Applicants apply directly to BCOM
  • Applicants will receive an interview decision from the Office of Admissions after providing the following information:
    • BEAR Pathway application
    • Official transcripts
    • Official MCAT score(s)
    • Letters of recommendation – 2 science professors, 1 physician (MD or DO)
    • Resume or CV
    • Supplementation Application

*BEAR applicants must meet the minimum requirements in order to progress forward in the admissions process. Applicants must have a 493 or above (with no subsection below a 15%) on the MCAT, with a test date no earlier than 3 years from August matriculation. Applicants must also have at least a 3.0 overall science GPA – all pass/failed course grades will be included. Both of these minimum standards must be met at the time of application.

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in applying exclusively to BCOM through the BEAR Pathway, you may begin to fill out your BEAR application beginning June 16, 2018. We will review new applications for the August 2019 cycle from June 16, 2018 – March 29, 2019.

Once the cycle opens, a link to the BEAR application will be provided on this page. Please mark your calendars.

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 e-mail at