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.

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

  • Be a resident of New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; Southern Arizona; or a Federally Recognized Tribal Nation Reservation/Jurisdictional Area
    • An applicant who was born in NM and graduated from a NM high school, but is attending an out-of-state college or university is eligible for the BEAR Pathway.
  • Currently attending or a recent graduate of a New Mexico 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 in New Mexico. For example, a student who is a resident of Vermont and is attending New Mexico State University is eligible for the BEAR Pathway.

BEAR Pathway Benefits:

  • There is no 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
    • Supplementation application

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

You can access to BEAR application here.