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 structures and functions 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 I5
ANATG 1520Gross Anatomy II5
BIOCG 1511Biochemistry I7
BIOCG 1522Biochemistry II4
COREG 1560Interprofessional Healthcare0.5
COREG 1570Interprofessional Healthcare0.5
COREG 1580Interprofessional Healthcare0.5
FMEDG 1531Public Health, Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence2
HISTG 1511Histology/Embryology6.5
ICMDG 1511Introduction to Clinical Medicine I3
ICMDG 1522Introduction to Clinical Medicine II2.5
ICMDG 1533Introduction to Clinical Medicine III3
MICRG 1531Immunology3
MPSYG 1511Introduction to Human Behavior I1
MPSYG 1522Introduction to Human Behavior II1
MPSYG 1533Introduction to Human Behavior III1
NEURG 1531Neuroscience6.5
OMEDG 1511Osteopathic Medicine I2.5
OMEDG 1522Osteopathic Medicine II2.5
OMEDG 1533Osteopathic Medicine III2.5
PHYSG 1521Physiology I5.5
PHYSG 1532Physiology II5.5
CLMDG Mandatory Elective(s)


Second Year/Preclinical Block II
CLMDG 1631Introduction to Radiology1
CLMDG 1700Introduction to Clerkship2
CMEDG 1613Patient Care Experience I1
CMEDG 1624Patient Care Experience II1
ICMDG 1614Introduction to Clinical Medicine IV4.5
ICMDG 1625Introduction to Clinical Medicine V4.5
ICMDG 1630Introduction to Clinical Medicine VI3
MICRG 1611Microbiology10
MPSYG 1634Psychopathology1
OMEDG 1614Osteopathic Medicine IV2.5
OMEDG 1625Osteopathic Medicine V2.5
OMEDG 1636Osteopathic Medicine VI2.5
PATHG 1611Pathology I6
PATHG 1622Pathology II6
PATHG 1633Pathology III5
PHARG 1611Pharmacology11
CLMDG Mandatory Elective(s)

Third Year

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

Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters (*44 weeks)
CARDG 1701Core Cardiology Rotation6
CLMDG 1701Osteopathic Clinical Medicine-Third Year Didactics5.5
FMEDG 1701Family Medicine Core Rotation I6
FMEDG 1702Family Medicine Core Rotation II6
FMEDG 1703Third Year Elective6
IMEDG 1701General Internal Medicine Core Rotation I6
IMEDG 1702General Internal Medicine Core Rotation II6
MPSYG 1701Psychiatry Core Rotation6
OBGYG 1701Obstetrics/Gynecology Core Rotation6
PEDIG 1701Pediatric Core Rotation6
RURLG 1701Rural/Underserved Medicine6
SURGG 1701General Surgery Core 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 - A1.2
CLMDG 1802Osteopathic Clinical Medicine - Fourth Year Didactics - B1.2
ELECG 1801Elective Rotations36
EMEDG 1801Emergency Medicine Core Rotation6
IMEDG 1803Subspecialty Internal Medicine Core Rotation6
IMEDG 1804Critical Care Core Rotation6
IMEDG 1804Surgical Intensive Care Unit Core Rotation (alt. choice)6
SURGG 1802Subspecialty Surgery Core Rotation6