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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

How do I apply to MCOM?

MCOM participates in the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) for the receipt and processing of applications. Applications are submitted electronically through AACOMAS (click here).

What is the application deadline?

MCOM’s deadline for submitting an AACOMAS application is March 15, 2023. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, therefore it is in an applicant’s best interest to apply early in the process.

Will MCOM have in-person or virtual interviews?

All MCOM interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2022-23 application cycle. Upon receiving an offer of acceptance, MCOM will host in-person student visit days on our campus. The visit days will be a fun and engaging opportunity to tour the MCOM campus and the surrounding Billings area, and get to know MCOM faculty, staff, and Billings community leaders. 

What are the prerequisite courses for admission?

  • Biology (12 semester hours including lab)
  • General Chemistry (8 semester hours including lab)
  • Organic Chemistry (8 semester hours including lab)
  • Physics (8 semester hours including lab)
  • English or Literature (6 semester hours)
  • Social or Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours)
  • Biochemistry (3 semester hours)

No grade below a “C” will be considered to fulfill requirements. Additional upper-division coursework such as Human Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, and Cellular Biology is highly recommended.

Do I have to have all the prerequisite courses complete prior to submitting my application?

No, but all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation.

Are AP or IB credits accepted for prerequisite courses?

No, AP and IB credits are not accepted for prerequisite courses.  

How can I apply for the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)?

The Military Health Profession Scholarship Program is offered through the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. This scholarship program helps cover direct educational costs and provides a monthly stipend to each recipient. In return, there is a service commitment of one year of active duty service for each year of participation in the program, with a minimum commitment of three years.

What are the minimum GPA requirements for admission to MCOM?

  • A minimum science and cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Note: On average, candidates admitted to RVUCOM (CO + UT) each of the past three years have GPAs greater than 3.6 

If I get accepted, how much do I have to put down for deposit?

  • Payment of three non-refundable deposits totaling $2,000 (deposit #1 - $250, deposit #2 - $750, deposit #3 - $1,000). Deposits will be applied to tuition. 
  • MCOM follows the guidelines set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) relative to deposit due dates.  

Can I get a tour of MCOM?

Guided tours will be provided during the accepted student visit dates. The brand new MCOM campus is expected to be completed in January 2023.  

What kind of student support does MCOM offer?

MCOM will provide a wide range of resources, opportunities and services to enhance student experience at MCOM including academic advising, tutoring, career advising and planning, student interest groups, student government, wellness activities, mental health counseling, and disability and accommodations support.  

Is MCOM an accredited medical school?

MCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). RVU has regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Will MCOM share the same curriculum with RVUCOM (CO, UT)? 

MCOM will have its own customized version of the RVUCOM curriculum, which will be administered independently. RVUCOM (CO, UT) has a proven history of outstanding curricular and national board outcomes, as well as residency placement outcomes. Since MCOM shares the same mission, MCOM has chosen to adopt the RVUCOM curriculum as its foundation but will integrate more simulation, ultrasound, and other active learning and student well-being programming. The brand new 138,000 SF facility was intentionally designed for this purpose. 

Will MCOM share faculty with RVUCOM (CO, UT) or have its own faculty? 

MCOM is a self-reliant branch campus of RVUCOM which is required to have its own local faculty. MCOM faculty will enjoy all the same employee benefits with RVU faculty from all campuses but will have its own governance structure on the Montana campus. Guest lecturers from RVUCOM and other medical schools may be invited to teach at MCOM periodically. 

Can I apply to MCOM and RVUCOM at the same time? 

Yes. MCOM and RVUCOM are separate medical schools. Each has its own application.

Does MCOM accept international students? 

Not currently. However, it is anticipated that MCOM will receive approval in the future. 

Where will MCOM students do their clinical training? 

Third and fourth-year students are placed at one of our regional training sites throughout the state and region to ensure continuity and coordination of clinical education within RVU’s vast and growing clinical training network 

Will MCOM offer the same tracks as RVUCOM (CO, UT)? 

We anticipate having many of the same tracks offered at RVUCOM including, Global medicine, military medicine, physician scientist, rural and wilderness medicine, academic medicine and leadership, and digital health. The MCOM faculty are exploring additional tracks and elective courses specific to MCOM.  

Will student housing be available for MCOM students? 

There are many housing opportunities available near the MCOM campus. 

Does MCOM have pathway programs developed with any undergraduate institutions? 

Yes. pathway programs are currently under development with Rocky Mountain College, Montana State University – Billings, and Carroll College. Further, RVU-Montana will also offer a one-year, on-campus, Master of Medical Sciences degree.  

What is the MCOM class size? 

MCOM plans to accept 80 students in 2023, 120 students in 2024, and 160 every year after that. 

Will MCOM have cadaveric dissection?  

MCOM will have a full gross anatomy dissection lab with 16 cadaver tanks. Students will get the full surgical dissection experience during gross anatomy lab with approximately 5 students per cadaver. In addition, MCOM will have an additional lab for virtual dissection so students get a comprehensive gross anatomy educational experience. 

Who do I contact for more information? 

For more information, contact the MCOM Admissions team at 406-901-2701 or admissionsMT@rvu.edu 

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The mission of MCOM is to educate and inspire students to become highly competent osteopathic physicians and lifelong learners prepared to meet the diverse healthcare needs of tomorrow through innovative education, relevant research, and compassionate service.

CONTACT THE OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS

MONTANA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (MCOM)
4130 Rocky Vista Way
Billings, MT 59106

406-901-2701

For faster response, please direct inquiries to the campus email:
admissionsmt@rvu.edu