LMU-DCOM accepts transfer students from medical schools and colleges accredited by the AOA-COCA or by the LCME. Applications for transfer will be evaluated by the Associate Dean of Students and the Director of Admissions. Transfer credits must meet the following criteria:
- Credits are only given if the student is eligible for readmission to the previously attended College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) or other Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) medical school.
- When a student transfers from another COM, the last two years of instruction must be completed at LMU-DCOM.
- When students transfer from an LCME accredited medical school or college to a COM, at least two years of instruction must be completed within the COM.
- In the case of LCME transfers, the COM requirement for osteopathic manipulative medicine must be completed prior to graduation.
- The curriculum of the school from which the student is transferring must be equivalent to the LMU-DCOM curriculum. Decisions about curriculum equivalence between institutions will be decided by the LMU-DCOM Curriculum Committee, regardless of individual student’s qualifications. Because first year curricula vary from school to school, it is often not feasible to transfer between the first and second years of medical school. In general, transferring into the third year of medical school is more feasible. Students transferring into the third year must have passed COMLEX-Level I.
- When deciding about whether to accept a transfer student, the following criteria will also be taken into consideration: undergraduate coursework and GPA, medical school coursework and GPA, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, performance in clinical skills courses in medical school. The interview, and verification of good standing from the transferring institution.
- In some cases, first-year medical students can be given credit for individual coursework taken at another institution. The coursework will be evaluated on an individual basis. In this case, the student is only given credit for individual coursework and not advanced standing. e.g., They have taken gross anatomy at another institution, so they are given credit for gross anatomy, but they are still a first-year medical student.