The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine is officially accepting medical students for its inaugural class scheduled to start in the fall of 2013.
Dr. Craig Lenz, dean of the college, said the Houston County Health Care Authority learned April 30 that ACOM reached a new level in its accreditation status, which allows the college to begin the recruitment process.
“This is a very exciting day,” Lenz said. “We actually began recruiting students May 3.”
Enterprise native and Dean of Students Philip Reynolds said the school had already received more than 150 inquiries about the application process and beginning June 1, prospective students will be able to submit an application online at www.aacom.org.
Having provisional accreditation status means ACOM is listed on the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service, or AACOMAS, website. The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine is listed under the “Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine” link. The link also provides applicants with information on prerequisites, admissions requirements, financial information and interview format.
ACOM will begin downloading application files from the website as soon as an application is deemed complete. Each application will be reviewed and after July 1 supplemental applications will be sent to prospective students based on the assessment of the initial application.
The office of admissions will review supplemental applications on a weekly basis. Interviews will start in September for the August 2013 class of 150 students.
Within a week following the interview, an admissions committee will make a recommendation to the dean to accept, reject or place the candidate on a waiting list.
Lenz anticipates receiving 1,500 to 2,000 applications and hopes to interview about 500 candidates to fill the class.
The accreditation commission will visit ACOM annually to assess the academic progress of the first class of students and the college’s ability to meet standards for each class of instruction that is offered.
ACOM will maintain its provisional accreditation until just before the first class of medical students graduate in May 2017, when it will be eligible for full accreditation status.
Applicants who have additional questions not found on the AACOMAS website are encouraged to contact the admissions department at firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit the college’s website at www.acomedu.org.