Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus


Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Matriculation in medical school is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, a student can be dismissed for any of the following reasons:

  1. Failure to exhibit the personal and professional qualifications prerequisite to the practice of medicine, such as acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to falsification of patient records, verbal reports, or plagiarism.
  2. Violation of MWU and AZCOM policies that are grounds for dismissal
  3. Failure to achieve minimum academic standards in courses, rotations, or COMLEX-USA policies
  4. Falsification of admission records
  5. Failure to meet and maintain technical standards

Students who fail three or more courses in a single academic year, and Extended Study Program (ESP) students who accumulate two failures, usually receive a recommendation for dismissal. Students who receive four cumulative course failures during their enrollment at AZCOM, or who have failed any level of COMLEX-USA three times receive a recommendation for dismissal. The Committee reserves the right to change its usual actions for reasons of additional consideration. All decisions of the Preclinical Promotions Committee or Clinical Promotions Committee can be appealed to the Dean of AZCOM in accordance with policies found in this catalog.

Readmission After Dismissal for Poor Academic Performance 

Students who have been dismissed due to poor academic performance and/or COMLEX-USA failures are not eligible for readmission to AZCOM.