Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus


Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Instructional Program
As scientists and practitioners of the healing arts, osteopathic physicians subscribe to a philosophy that regards the body as an integrated whole with structure and function working interdependently. As an extension of this philosophy, osteopathic physicians treat their patients as unique persons with biological, psychological, and sociological needs, an approach that underscores the osteopathic commitment to patient-oriented versus disease-oriented healthcare. In recognition of this approach, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) has developed, and continues to refine, a four-year curriculum that educates students in the biopsychosocial approach to patient care, as well as the basic medical arts and sciences.

Within this curricular format, AZCOM students spend their first two years completing a rigorous basic science curriculum and preparing for their clinical studies, including early clinical simulated experiences. During their third and fourth years, students rotate through a variety of clinical training sites accruing 84 weeks of direct patient care experience. By stimulating intellectual curiosity and teaching problem-solving skills, the AZCOM curriculum encourages students to regard learning as a lifelong process.

Total Curricular Hours

First Year


Second Year


Elective Credits


Third Year


Fourth Year




Please Note: AZCOM reserves the right to alter its curriculum however and whenever it deems appropriate.

First Year/Preclinical Block I
ANATG 1510Gross Anatomy I Fall5
ANATG 1514Embryology Fall/Winter1.5
ANATG 1520Gross Anatomy II Winter5
BIOCG 1511Biochemistry I Fall7
BIOCG 1522Biochemistry II Winter 4
COREG 1560AInterprofessional Healthcare0.5
COREG 1570AInterprofessional Healthcare0.5
COREG 1580AInterprofessional Healthcare0.5
FMEDG 1531Public Health, Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence Spring 2
HISTG 1514Histology5
ICMDG 1511Introduction to Clinical Medicine I Fall 3
ICMDG 1522Introduction to Clinical Medicine II Winter2.5
ICMDG 1533Introduction to Clinical Medicine III Spring3
MICRG 1531Immunology Spring 3
MPSYG 1511Introduction to Human Behavior I Fall1
MPSYG 1522Introduction to Human Behavior II Winter1
MPSYG 1533Introduction to Human Behavior III Spring 1
NEURG 1531Neuroscience6.5
OMEDG 1511Osteopathic Medicine I Fall3
OMEDG 1522Osteopathic Medicine II Winter2.5
OMEDG 1533Osteopathic Medicine III Spring3
PHYSG 1521Physiology I Winter5.5
PHYSG 1532Physiology II Spring5.5
CLMDG CLMDGMandatory Elective(s) Year 1 Spring


Second Year/Preclinical Block II
CLMDG 1631Introduction to Radiology Spring 1
CLMDG 1650A/1650BHealth Outreach through Medicine and Interprofessionalism Education Fall or Winter1
CLMDG 1700Introduction to Clerkship Spring1
CMEDG 1613Patient Care Experience I Fall 1
CMEDG 1624Patient Care Experience II Winter1
ICMDG 1614Introduction to Clinical Medicine IV Fall4.5
ICMDG 1625Introduction to Clinical Medicine V Winter4.5
ICMDG 1630Introduction to Clinical Medicine VI Spring3
MICRG 1611Microbiology Fall/Winter10
MPSYG 1634Psychopathology: Treatment of Behavior Disorders Spring 1
OMEDG 1614Osteopathic Medicine IV Fall3
OMEDG 1625Osteopathic Medicine V Winter 2.5
OMEDG 1636Osteopathic Medicine VI Spring2.5
PATHG 1611Pathology I Fall6
PATHG 1622Pathology II Winter 6
PATHG 1633Pathology III Spring 5
PHARG 1611Pharmacology Fall/Winter/Spring11
CLMDG CLMDGMandatory Elective(s) Year 1 Spring

Third Year

*Total weeks includes orientation and a holiday break/vacation.

Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters (*44 weeks)
CARDG 1701Cardiology Rotation6
CLMDG 1701Osteopathic Clinical Medicine III5
FMEDG 1701Family Medicine Rotation I6
FMEDG 1702Family Medicine Rotation II6
FMEDG 1703Third Year Elective6
IMEDG 1701General Internal Medicine Rotation I6
IMEDG 1702General Internal Medicine Rotation II6
MPSYG 1701Psychiatry Rotation6
OBGYG 1701Obstetrics/Gynecology Rotation6
PEDIG 1701Pediatric Rotation6
RURLG 1701Rural Medicine6
SURGG 1701General Surgery Rotation6

Fourth Year

* Total fourth year credits take into account that students choose between IMED 1804S (Surgical Intensive Care) or IMED 1804 (Critical Care). Total credit for either course is 6.

Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters (*40 weeks)
CLMDG 1801Osteopathic Clinical Medicine - Fourth Year Didactics - A1.5
CLMDG 1802Osteopathic Clinical Medicine - Fourth Year Didactics - B1.5
ELECG 1801Elective Rotations36
EMEDG 1801Emergency Medicine Rotation6
IMEDG 1803Subspecialty Internal Medicine Rotation6
IMEDG 1804Critical Care Rotation6
IMEDG 1804SSurgical Intensive Care Unit Rotation (alt. choice)6
SURGG 1802Subspecialty Surgery Rotation6