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Meeting the benchmarks in the master's program can guarantee acceptance into the VCOM D.O. program on one of the three VCOM campuses, unlike similar programs that only guarantee an interview. The MABS can also eliminate the lag or glide year that is mandatory in most other programs.
The December review allows students to directly earn a seat in the D.O. program for the following August at one of VCOM’s campuses. In order to attain this goal, the benchmarks below must be met.
For students who achieved a 3.60 GPA or higher in the Fall Semester, but did not have a benchmark MCAT score, a second review will be conducted in March utilizing scores from the January MCAT. All seats in the D.O. program are filled by March; therefore, students accepted in the March review are placed on the wait list at one of the VCOM campuses. In the event that such a student does not matriculate from the waiting list for the following August, they will be offered a seat in the subsequent D.O. class. It should be noted that all acceptances from the December or March reviews are provisional and contingent upon maintaining a 3.40 GPA and a positive faculty evaluation in the spring semester of the M.A. in Biomedical Sciences program.
The final review is conducted at the end of the program in May for those students who did not meet earlier benchmarks. All seats in the D.O. program are filled by May; therefore, students accepted via the May benchmarks are placed on the wait list at one of the VCOM campuses with a guaranteed admission the following year in the event that they do not matriculate from the wait list.
While the M.A. in Biomedical Sciences program is only located on the Virginia VCOM campus, students who meet the benchmarks to earn acceptance into the osteopathic program will be offered seats at one of the three VCOM campuses. The student’s permanent address and the location of their undergraduate institution are the primary factors determining to which VCOM campus a student will be accepted.
The application window for the 2018-'19 academic year is now closed. The next application period will open in October. For more information, call 540.231.8687 or email MABSadmissions@bluefield.edu.