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 cheating on examinations or course work, and falsification of patient records, verbal reports, or plagiarism.
  2. Violation of MWU and AZCOM rules and regulations that have been stipulated to be grounds for dismissal
  3. Failure to achieve minimum academic standards in courses, rotations, or COMLEX-USA policies as described in the Student Promotion and Graduation tables, Pre-Clinical or Cliniical, 
  4. Falsification of admission records
  5. Failure to meet and maintain technical standards
  6. Irregular behavior during COMLEX-USA testing

Students who fail three or more courses/rotations in a single academic year, and Extended Study Program (ESP) students who accumulate two course or rotation failures, usually receive a recommendation for dismissal. Students who receive four cumulative course/rotation failures during their enrollment at AZCOM, or who have failed any single level of COMLEX-USA three times, or a total of four cumulative COMLEX-USA failures will be dismissed. The Student Promotions and Graduation Committee, Preclinical or Clinical, reserves the right to change its usual actions for reasons of additional consideration. All decisions of the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, Preclinical or Clinical, 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.