Thank you for your interest in submitting an application to The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine 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 master 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. Go to www.AACOM.org to begin the application process.

BCOM welcomes applications from in-state and out-of-state applicants.

BEAR Applicants:

The BCOM – BEAR Pathway is designed to encourage applicants 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 to BCOM for admission. The BEAR Pathway is reserved for those exclusively applying to only the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine during an admissions cycle using their master AACOMAS application and one designation; applicants cannot have open or pending applications at any other medical institutions while using the BEAR Pathway. If an exclusive applicant qualifies to use the BEAR Pathway using the following criteria and meets the published BCOM minimum cumulative science GPA and MCAT standards, an expedited application review and guaranteed interview will be granted.

Prior to an applicant beginning the admissions process, the following minimum requirements must be met:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to date of
    matriculation into BCOM.
  • 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). Scores older than three years prior to July of the year of matriculation
    will not be considered.

To qualify for the BEAR Pathway, along with the designation exclusivity, 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

If you qualify and would like to designate yourself as a BEAR applicant for the cycle, please mark yourself as such on your AACOMAS master application in the designated area.

Rolling Admissions
BCOM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and applicant interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admission cycle. Applicants should apply early in the admissions cycle to be competitive in this process.

2020 Cycle Application Schedule

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/2/2019)
  • Interviews Conducted: August 2019 – April 2020
  • Primary application deadline: 3/31/2020
  • BCOM Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Latest MCAT test date considered: July 2017
  • Submission timing for best consideration: For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application by February 15, 2020.

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. It is the applicant’s responsibility to track the progress of his/her application. Applicants should contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@bcomnm.org with any questions.

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

Upon receipt of a completed AACOMAS application, all applicants who meet or exceed the minimum standards will be invited to complete and return a BCOM supplemental application.

Minimum requirements to receive a supplemental application:

  • 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). Scores older than three years prior to July of the year of matriculation will not be considered.

The non-refundable $80 processing fee can be paid in the online portal with a credit card or by check/money order payable to Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Note: Applicants approved for a fee waiver by AACOMAS will be eligible for a waiver for the BCOM supplemental fee. The applicant must provide current cycle fee waiver documentation to the Office of Admissions.

Deadline: All supplemental applications and required application materials must be received by April 15 to be considered for admission to BCOM.

Once a supplemental application has been submitted back to BCOM, a thorough evaluation of the full application will occur and qualified applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview. BCOM uses a rolling admissions process and conducts candidate interviews from August through April of the application year. Interview day activities consist of a half-day schedule that will include a campus tour of both BCOM and NMSU facilities, presentations on curriculum and Financial Aid resources, interaction with current first- and second-year students, and an individual interview.

Following the interview, applicants will be notified of their admission status after a final evaluation by the Medical Student Selections Committee is complete.

STEP 1 – BCOM Supplemental Application

Upon receipt of a completed AACOMAS application, all applicants who meet or exceed the minimum standards will be invited to complete and return a BCOM supplemental application.

Minimum requirements to receive a supplemental application:

  • 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). Scores older than three years prior to July of the year of matriculation will not be considered.

The non-refundable $80 processing fee can be paid in the online portal with a credit card or by check/money order payable to Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Note: Applicants approved for a fee waiver by AACOMAS will be eligible for a waiver for the BCOM supplemental fee. The applicant must provide current cycle fee waiver documentation to the Office of Admissions.

Deadline: All supplemental applications and required application materials must be received by April 15 to be considered for admission to BCOM.

STEP 2 – Interview and Final Decision

Once a supplemental application has been submitted back to BCOM, a thorough evaluation of the full application will occur and qualified applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview. BCOM uses a rolling admissions process and conducts candidate interviews from August through April of the application year. Interview day activities consist of a half-day schedule that will include a campus tour of both BCOM and NMSU facilities, presentations on curriculum and Financial Aid resources, interaction with current first- and second-year students, and an individual interview.

Following the interview, applicants will be notified of their admission status after a final evaluation by the Medical Student Selections Committee is complete.