At the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, you do not simply learn to be a doctor. To become an osteopathic physician, you will learn to treat patients as unique persons with biological, psychological, and sociological needs, deserving of compassionate, dedicated care. AZCOM's student-centered faculty and curriculum will prepare you for a career as a physician with rigorous, yet rewarding hands-on programs that emphasize direct patient care experience. We will help build your future as a member of tomorrow's healthcare team.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
4 years, full-time
Class of 2020 Profiles (Admissions Statistics)
Below is a table indicating the 4-year graduation rates for the Classes of 2015, the five-year graduation rate for the Class of 2014, and the 6-year (fully mature) graduation rate for the Class of 2013.
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Residency Placements (NMS and NRMP match statistics)
|Graduation Year||Number of Graduating Students Entering the Match||Number of Students Offered A Position||Number of Students Attempting to Match Who Were Not Placed in GME|
Completion of a program of study does not guarantee placement in a residency program, future employment, licensure, or credentialing.
2016 Match by Specialty:
Match Locations (not inclusive; for an interactive match map with information on residency matches for the past five years, click here.)
Military: Beaumont A.M.C., Middleton N.M.C., Travis A.F.B., Navy Medical Center (San Diego, Portsmouth), Tripler A.M.C., Wright Patterson A.F.B., Madigan A.M.C., SAUSHEC, Dewitt A.M.C., Scott A.F.B., Walter Reed Medical Center, Camp Pendeton, Elgin A.F.B., Keesler A.F.B., and Lackland A.F.B.
Top Arizona Hospitals: Maricopa County Medical Center, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix Children's Hospital, University of Arizona Affiliated Medical Hospitals, Mountain Vista Medical Center, Honor Health (formerly Scottsdale Healthcare System and John C. Lincoln Health Network), Canyon Vista Medical Center (formerly Sierra Vista Medical Center), and Verde Valley Medical Center.
Other AOA-acccredited programs: Henry Ford, OUHCOM/Doctors Hospital, Genesys, Botsford Hospital, Swedish Covenant, St. Barnabas.
Other ACGME-accredited programs: Cleveland Clinic, Mayo, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, UC Davis, Thomas Jefferson University, George Washington University, Drexel University, University of Washington.
AZCOM Percent Pass Rate and Average Score
National Percent Pass Rate and Average Score
97.5% / 535
92.3% / 515
96.4% / 535
93.9% / 529
94.5% / 536
96.4% / 538
91.4% / 531
AZCOM Percent Pass Rate Average Score
National Percent Pass Rate Average Score
95.9% / 531
92.2% / 537
93.3% / 537
92.6% / 536
94.5% / 559
92.3% / 540
91.0% / 518
89.4% / 512
86.2% / 502
86.9% / 501
COMLEX Level 2PE Board Scores (NBOME Reporting)
AZCOM Percent Pass Rate
National Percent Pass Rate
First-time Takers in Year
AZCOM Percent Pass Rate and Average Score
National Percent Pass Rate and Average Score
95.9% / 564
96.5% / 561
95.8% / 561
96.0% / 558
96.0% / 553
96.0% / 546
95.2% / 542
95.1% / 536
97.7% / 542
95.0% / 532
The estimated number of physicians needed to serve patients in the U.S. is expected to increase from 691,000 in 2010 to 879,300 in 2020
US Employment Projections 2010 - 2020 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
To allow our applicants time to adjust to the removal of the AACOMAS grade recalculation policy, Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine will still consider grade recalculation for those seeking entrance into the Fall 2018 class. To be considered applicants must meet the following criteria:
One letter from either a premedical advisory committee or science professor who has taught the applicant
Second letter from either a D.O. or an M.D. Letters from osteopathic physicians are strongly recommended, and letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable
Students seeking admissions to AZCOM must:
|Prerequisite Course||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
Courses that may contribute to success in medical school include Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry.
Students may obtain AACOMAS applications as early as May 1st of the academic year preceding the year in which they plan to apply. To be competitive in our rolling admissions process, students should apply as early as possible. The official AACOMAS deadline for completed applications for fall enrollment is January 1st.
The AZCOM course of study is typically 4 academic years. The first 2 years cover primarily didactic instruction with simulated patient clinical experiences and standardized patient experiences, followed by 2 years of primarily clinical rotations, including applicable didactic material. Upon graduation with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, AZCOM graduates are eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all fields of medicine.
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. Therefore, 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 health care.
Using this philosophy, AZCOM's four-year curriculum educates students in the bio psychosocial approach to patient care, as well as the basic medical arts and sciences. AZCOM students spend their first two years completing a rigorous basic science curriculum and preparing for clinical studies. During their third and fourth years, students rotate through a variety of clinical training sites, accruing an impressive 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.
The educational mission of AZCOM is to produce qualified osteopathic physicians. Because the D.O. degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, including direct hands-on analysis and treatment.
Accordingly, the following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to AZCOM with reasonable accommodation. A candidate must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in some areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the academic dean (and program director), will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College(/Program) would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College(/Program) is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their professional program.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, AZCOM program improvements included the development of didactic learning programs for clinical clerkship sites, developed an advising tool to assist students in preparing for the match, based on previous match performance of AZCOM students, and engaged in faculty development using faculty learning communities to increase the interaction of basic science and clinical science faculty. AZ. In 2012-2013, four new residency programs opened in the Glendale OPTI region, providing additional training opportunities for AZCOM students and graduates. These programs included Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and General Surgery at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, AZ, and Orthopedic Surgery at Doctor's Hospital in Modesto, CA. Curricular mapping, which began in 2011, was completed in 2012 so that the Curriculum Committee may more completely review and update the educational program, as needed.
Improvements planned for the 2013-2014 academic year include providing additional certified testing locations in California, Arizona and Illinois, as well as incorporating hands-on OMM as a requirement in the OCM III and OCM IV courses. We continue to work with hospitals, most in the Phoenix area, to develop residency programs and affiliated student training sites with the MWU/OPTI. For the 2014-2015 academic year, AZCOM plans to convert all post-rotation examinations, to computer-based examinations.
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine educates students to exhibit professionalism, provide patient care, and serve their communities in order to become qualified osteopathic physicians.
The mission will be achieved by meeting the following objectives:
The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)/Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). COCA is recognized as the accrediting agency for colleges of osteopathic medicine by the United States Department of Education and the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA). AZCOM is currently accredited through 2014 having received a 7 year accreditation in 2007. COCA on-site inspection is scheduled for January 29-31, 2014.
For further information, please contact the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611; 312/202/8097.
Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.
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