Frequently Asked Questions

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When did ICOM open?

ICOM matriculated its first class in August 2018.

How do I apply?

ICOM only accepts applications though the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). For more information about how to apply, visit www.aacom.org. The centralized application service opens in May each year for students who wish to apply for the class entering the following year.

Where is the school located?

The school is located at 1401 E Central Drive, Meridian, ID 83642. ICOM is located on the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Sciences Center campus. Having the college in ISU-Meridian Health Sciences Center campus allows ICOM’s students to use the services and facilities open to ISU’s students as well, as the opportunity to work inter-professionally with health programs at the university.

How many students will be in each class?

ICOM is approved for a class size of 150 students each year. The accrediting body allows for an 8% variance to allow for attrition and our class-size count is 162.

What are the admissions requirements for the program?

ICOM Prerequisites include : General Biology: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours) Physics: One year with laboratory (6 to 8 semester hours/9 to 12 quarter hours) Inorganic/General Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours) Organic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours) English: One year (6 semester hours/8 quarter hours) Six (6) additional science hours are highly recommended. ICOM recommends courses in the 300/400 level or beyond in subjects that will enhance performance in medical school such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology

What are ICOM’s minimum requirements for MCAT and GPA?

Applicants should have achieved at least a 3.2 science and cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. The admission process is competitive, therefore a higher GPA results in improved chances for acceptance. A competitive MCAT score is in the 50th percentile with no individual section below 35th percentile. However, at ICOM, the MCAT is weighed in connection with grades and personal qualities. The overall GPA and the interview are considered of utmost importance. We accept MCAT scores three years prior to matriculation. Prospective students are encouraged to prepare for the MCAT exam well in advance so that the scores will accurately reflect the individual’s academic preparedness. For full information regarding the MCAT exam or to register to take the exam, please visit the AAMC website.

Do repeated courses factor into my GPA?

AACOMAS will include all course attempts in the GPA calculation and not drop initial course attempts from the GPA calculation. ICOM follows a holistic approach to reviewing applications and doesn't just take the GPA and MCAT as a way of reviewing applications.

Is it OK to take the MCAT more than once?

Yes, it is fine to take the MCAT more than once. ICOM only accepts the MCAT score from up to three years prior to the date of matriculation. We look at the highest score and the breakdown of the individual score.

Does ICOM accept prerequisite courses from a community college?

Yes, as long as the courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution, then the admissions committee will accept the credits. However, in order to stay competitive for the program it would be better to take the courses at a four-year institution.

Do I have to have a baccalaureate degree to apply?

ICOM’s applicants for admission are required to complete a minimum of 75 percent of the required credits for a degree in a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education in order to be considered for an interview. Applicants must earn a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation.

Do you accept advanced placement credits?

Yes, ICOM accepts advance placement credits as long as your undergraduate institution gives you credit for it and it is on your transcript

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

ICOM requires a minimum of two letters of recommendation. The first letter must be from either an osteopathic physician or an allopathic physician. A letter from an osteopathic physician is not required but is strongly recommended. The second letter must be from a premedical advisory committee or science faculty member who is familiar with your academic work. Non-traditional students can substitute the premedical advisor or science faculty advisor with a more recent reference (employer, volunteer/community service supervisor). Additional letters of recommendation can be submitted through AACOMAS or by mail, but keep in mind the admissions committee may not be able to read an excessive amount of letters.

Does ICOM accept transfer students or previous matriculants to medical schools in the program?

ICOM does not accept transfer students. Previous matriculants and graduates from M.D., D.O., or equivalent (U.S. or foreign) are not eligible for consideration for admissions to the DO program at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis for extraordinary circumstances.

Does ICOM only accept students from Idaho?

No. ICOM will accept students from across the nation who will help us meet our mission. We do give a preference for applicants from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. ICOM chooses the most qualified students for its DO program.

How long will it take before I find out if I am invited for an interview?

Invitations to interview are sent after receiving the completed ICOM Supplemental Application and all other supporting documentation. Interviews are scheduled on a continuous basis beginning in August and continues to the end April. ICOM is on a rolling admissions process and will continue to interview until the class is full. Please note March 1 is the official deadline for admissions, but the class may be filled due to rolling admissions, therefore applicants should apply early.

Does ICOM require students to have a Criminal Background Check or Drug Screen prior to matriculation?

Yes. All students have to submit a criminal background check and submit to a drug screening prior to matriculation.

Where does ICOM have its clinical sites?

ICOM currently has affiliation agreements with over 34 healthcare systems with a footprint throughout the five-state area (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota), and beyond. We are only just beginning and more affiliates are joining all the time. Please visit https://www.idahocom.org/clinical/ to see our clinical affiliations.