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 and introductory clinical curriculum, preparing for their clinical studies, including early simulated and clinical 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.

Ultrasound is vertically integrated into the core concepts within the four-year curriculum. Student training throughout all four years includes both hands-on workshops and didactic sessions specific to diverse clinical disciplines. The hands-on workshops are developed in collaboration with clinical faculty, preclinical faculty, and consulting sonographers. Preclinical courses will offer students an opportunity to scan their peers, providing the most relevant active visual learning of real structure, function and variation of living tissue. These are innovative tactile workshops which focus on reinforcing core course information, while also providing early clinical training opportunities that align with core entrustable professional activities. It also assists with early development of identifiable core competencies. During the clinical years, hands-on training will include patient-based examinations and advanced clinical skills training, while reinforcing application of core information from preclinical courses (anatomy, physiology, pathology, and osteopathic principles and practices). These experiences will enhance early critical thinking skills, increase communication and interprofessional collaboration between clinical and preclinical faculty, and improve and reinforce vertical integration of clinical and preclinical concepts in participating courses.

Total Curricular Hours

First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Fourth Year




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

Year 1 Total Credits: 58.5
Year 1/Fall Quarter
ANATG 1516 Anatomical Sciences I Credits: 8
BIOCG 1511 Biochemistry I Credits: 6
COREG 1560A Interprofessional Healthcare Fall Credits: 0.5
MPSYG 1511 Introduction to Human Behavior I Credits: 1
OCMDG 1511 Osteopathic Principles and Practice I Credits: 4
Total 19.5
Year 1/Winter Quarter
ANATG 1526 Anatomical Sciences II Credits: 6
BIOCG 1522 Biochemistry II Credits: 3
COREG 1570A Interprofessional Healthcare Winter Credits: 0.5
MPSYG 1522 Introduction to Human Behavior II Credits: 1
OCMDG 1522 Osteopathic Principles and Practice II Credits: 4
PHYSG 1521 Physiology I Credits: 5
Total 19.5
Year 1/Spring Quarter
ANATG 1536 Anatomical Sciences III Credits: 4
COREG 1580A Interprofessional Healthcare Spring Credits: 0.5
CLMDG 1516 Humanity in Medicine Credits: 1
FMEDG 1531 Public Health, Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence Credits: 2
MICRG 1531 Immunology Credits: 2.5
MPSYG 1533 Introduction to Human Behavior III Credits: 1
OCMDG 1533 Osteopathic Principles and Practice III Credits: 4
PHYSG 1532 Physiology II Credits: 4.5
Total 19.5


Year 2 Total Credits: 54.5
Year 2/Fall Quarter
CLMDG 1650A Interprofessional Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (Partial Class) Credits: 1
CMEDG 1613 Patient Care Experience I Credits: 0.5
ICMDG 1614 Osteopathic Patient Care I Credits: 3.5
MICRG 1615 Microbiology I Credits: 4
OMEDG 1614 Osteopathic Principles and Practice IV Credits: 1.5
PATHG 1611 Pathology I Credits: 5
PHARG 1610 Pharmacology I Credits: 3.5
Total 18/19
Year 2/Winter Quarter 19.5/20.5
CLMDG 1650B Interprofessional Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (Partial Class) Credits: 1
CMEDG 1624 Patient Care Experience II Credits: 1
ICMDG 1625 Osteopathic Patient Care II Credits: 4
MICRG 1625 Microbiology II Credits: 4
OMEDG 1625 Osteopathic Principles and Practice V Credits: 2
PATHG 1622 Pathology II Credits: 5
PHARG 1620 Pharmacology II Credits: 3.5
Total 19.5/20.5
Year 2/Spring Quarter 16/17
CLMDG 1650C Interprofessional Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (Partial Class) Credits: 1
CLMDG 1631 Introduction to Imaging Credits: 1
CLMDG 1700 Introduction to Clerkship Credits: 1
CLMDG 1702 ACLS Credits: 1
ICMDG 1630 Osteopathic Patient Care III Credits: 3
MPSYG 1634 Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Credits: 0.5
OMEDG 1636 Osteopathic Principles and Practice VI Credits: 1.5
PATHG 1633 Pathology III Credits: 5
PHARG 1630 Pharmacology III Credits: 3
Total 16/17

Third Year

Year 3 Total Credits: 71.0
Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters (44 weeks)
CARDG 1701 Cardiology Rotation Credits: 6
CLMDG 1701 Osteopathic Clinical Medicine III Credits: 5
FMEDG 1701 Family Medicine Rotation I Credits: 6
FMEDG 1702 Family Medicine Rotation II Credits: 6
FMEDG 1703 Third Year Elective Credits: 6
IMEDG 1701 General Internal Medicine Rotation I Credits: 6
IMEDG 1702 General Internal Medicine Rotation II Credits: 6
MPSYG 1701 Psychiatry Rotation Credits: 6
OBGYG 1701 Obstetrics/Gynecology Rotation Credits: 6
PEDIG 1701 Pediatric Rotation Credits: 6
RURLG 1701 Rural Medicine Credits: 6
SURGG 1701 General Surgery Rotation Credits: 6
Total 71

Fourth Year

Year 4 Total Credits: 62.5
Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters (40 weeks)
CLMDG 1803 Osteopathic Clinical Medicine IV Credits: 2.5
ELECG 1801 Directed Study for Achieving Osteopathic Competency Credits: 6
EMEDG 1801 Emergency Medicine Rotation Credits: 6
IMEDG 1803 Subspecialty Internal Medicine Rotation Credits: 6
IMEDG 1804 Critical Care Rotation Credits: 6
SURGG 1802 Subspecialty Surgery Rotation Credits: 6
Total 32.5


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