VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook
able to meet mental health standards from the Technical Standards for Admission and Successful Completion of the Osteopathic Program. VCOM reserves the right to have the student re-evaluated for a disability if adequate prior evaluations have not been done, requiring further evaluation and testing. When this is required, it is at the student’s expense. Applicants who have questions regarding VCOM's assistance for a specific disability, please contact the Center for Institutional, Faculty, and Student Success. Applications for accommodations are not considered retroactively. Students who must remediate a course or who are suspended or dismissed for failure in the curriculum or who are failing a course during a block/rotation in progress may not claim failure due to disability that has not been previously identified, documented, or considered by the Section 504 Committee. AACOMAS Application VCOM participates with other osteopathic colleges in a centralized application processing service called the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). In certain cases, an applicant who was deferred or who completed Bluefield University’s Master of Arts degree in Biomedical Sciences degree may be able to use an AACOMAS application from a prior AACOMAS cycle. To initiate the application process, prospective students must apply directly to AACOMAS. After applicants submit an application to AACOMAS they have several VCOM campus options. Applicants can: • designate one campus; • rank the campuses in order of attendance preference; or • designate all campuses. Applicants have the opportunity to be considered at the other VCOM campuses if their preferred campus is full. AACOMAS requires one designation (and fee) for each VCOM campus; however, a student may apply to only one campus and when the student is invited to submit a secondary application, he/she may utilize the secondary application form to designate additional campuses where they wish to be considered. VCOM only requires one secondary application fee when applying to more than one campus. In order to process the application, AACOMAS will require official copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. High school information is documented by the applicant on the AACOMAS application (high school name, city, state, and year of graduation). VCOM’s Admissions staff may request further documentation in the form of the applicant’s high school diploma, which will be verified by VCOM. Applicants must also submit their official MCAT scores from AAMC to AACOMAS. Applicants who have taken course work and/or have earned a degree from a foreign institution must also submit to AACOMAS an evaluation of their transcripts by one of the approved AACOMAS transcript evaluation services. Please see the AACOMAS website for a list of these approved services. An application may be submitted online at : www.aacom.org or may be obtained by contacting:
AACOMAS 5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310 Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231 (301) 968-4190
The deadline for VCOM applications generally falls on February 1, but is subject to change annually; therefore, applicants should consult the website. The last day for applicants to submit their Secondary Application and supporting materials is March 15, but should be done much earlier in order to be competitive. VCOM begins reviewing applications as early as July of the year preceding admission.
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