The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) administers the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA) board examinations that consist of Levels 1, 2 CE, 2 PE, and 3. The purpose of the COMLEX-USA board examination series is to assess the osteopathic medical knowledge and clinical skills required for osteopathic generalist physicians to practice medicine without supervision.
KYCOM requires that its medical students take and pass the COMLEX Levels 1, 2 CE and 2 PE board examinations as part of their graduation requirements. Following graduation and as part of residency training, KYCOM graduates also must pass the COMLEX-USA Level 3 examination. First-time pass rates on the Level 3 COMLEX examination for KYCOM graduates are as follows.
2009-2010: 86.3 percent
2010-2011: 89.7 percent
2011-2012: 89.8 percent
2012-2013: 94.9 percent
2013-2014: 93.3 percent
All graduates of the KYCOM Classes of 2010 (N=73), 2011 (N=66), 2012 (N=62), 2013 (N=76), and 2014 (N=72) have obtained residency placements in graduate medical education programs offered by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Accreditation Council for Graduate Education Education (ACGME), or by the military. Information on placements by specialty, state, and institution can be found here
KYCOM Admissions welcomes the opportunity to engage with prospective applicants to answer questions about the application process, explain admissions policies, and inform prospective applicants about the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. KYCOM Admissions is part of the KYCOM Office of Student Affairs and can be reached at email@example.com or by phoning 606.218.5406 or 606.218.5409. Campus visits are encouraged and may be arranged by appointment.
Find out about applying to medical school at KYCOM:
KYCOM Advantage | Application Information | Application Procedures | Admissions Requirements
Student Transfers | Frequently Asked Questions
Learn about our pre-medical programs:
Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program (OMSP) | Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP)
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Applying to University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
The vision of KYCOM’s founding dean was that our students enter on a level playing field, where those who are admitted with few financial resources have the same educational opportunities as those with greater resources. In order to achieve this goal, KYCOM provides all of its students an OPP table, white coat and scrub suit, diagnostic equipment (stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, etc.), use of a laptop computer, an iPad, and all required textbooks. Membership dues on behalf of all students are also paid to the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association (KOMA). Exam fees for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners COMLEX-USA Level 1 and Level 2-CE board exams are paid by KYCOM for first attempts only. In addition, the KYCOM Advantage also includes a COMLEX–USA Level 1 examination preparation program.
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The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine seeks to recruit students who will help KYCOM fulfill its mission of providing men and women with an osteopathic medical education that emphasizes primary care, encourages research, promotes lifelong scholarly activity, and produces graduates who are committed to serving the health care needs of communities in rural Kentucky and other Appalachian regions. KYCOM is a private institution that encourages applications from qualified students who are interested in pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
KYCOM complies with the policy of the University of Pikeville that no student shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program sponsored by this educational institution because of age, gender, race, color, creed, religion, handicap, sexual orientation, or national origin.
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KYCOM participates with other colleges of osteopathic medicine in the centralized application services offered by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Prospective students must initiate their application to KYCOM by submitting a Primary Application through AACOMAS, which may be obtained by contacting:
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231
Prospective students who have their applications sent to KYCOM for consideration and meet the minimum requirements for admission will be emailed, by the KYCOM Admissions Office, instructions on how to access an online KYCOM Secondary or Supplemental Application. Please note that all application materials received become the property of KYCOM and are not returned to any applicants regardless of determination.
Applicants to KYCOM should submit their complete applications no later than March 1 for review. However, applicants are urged to submit their completed application dossiers to KYCOM as early as possible, since KYCOM admits students on a continuous or rolling basis. Applications may be reviewed as early as the summer months. Interviews generally begin in October and run through April or until the entering class is filled.
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KYCOM will review applicant files only after all of the following materials have been received.
A completed AACOMAS application and a completed KYCOM supplemental application, including official MCAT Scores;
A nonrefundable supplemental application fee of $75 that is payable to KYCOM; and
A letter of recommendation from each of the following sources:
A physician (preferably a D.O. who is a member of the AOA);
A science faculty member who is familiar with the applicant's academic work; and
A premedical source (a premedical advisor or committee). An applicant may also choose to have two science faculty members to submit a letter of recommendation if a premedical source is not applicable.
Recommendations must be written within the two years prior to making application. For example, if applying October 2013 through May 2014, letters should be dated no earlier than June 2011.
All students are required to meet KYCOM Technical Standards. The Secondary Application requires all applicants to read KYCOM's statement of Technical Standards and to affirm that he or she meets these standards.
In addition, all applicants to KYCOM must affirm that, if accepted, they will meet all immunization requirements prior to enrollment.
The minimum academic requirements for admission to KYCOM are:
A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Students must take the exam and have the official scores sent to KYCOM. MCAT test scores are valid for three years from the original test date.
Satisfactory completion of the following college courses, including laboratory work:
English Composition and Literature 6 Semester Hours
General Chemistry 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry 8 Semester Hours (4 hours of which can be Biochemistry)
Physics 8 Semester Hours
Biological Sciences 12 Semester Hours
These basic requirements must be passed and taken for credit at an accredited college or university.
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Integrity: Prospective students seeking admission to KYCOM are expected to demonstrate integrity and professionalism throughout the application and matriculation process. Any intentional misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of all requested application and matriculation information is reason for rejection or dismissal. KYCOM reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any reason it deems sufficient. Further, matriculation will be denied to applicants who have failed to maintain a good record of scholastic performance and personal conduct between the time of their acceptance and their matriculation at KYCOM.
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Student transfers to KYCOM are rare. Transfer requests may be considered for entry into the third year of medical studies. Student requests for transfer to KYCOM should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. KYCOM does not encourage transfer students, but will consider them in special circumstances. Any transfer student accepted at KYCOM may, at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, receive credit for courses taken at another medical school.
Credits may be transferred only from medical schools and colleges accredited either by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) or by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
When a student transfers from another COCA-accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) to KYCOM, the last two years of instruction must be completed at KYCOM as the COM granting the D.O. degree.
When students transfer from an LCME-accredited medical school or college to KYCOM, at least two years of instruction must be completed at KYCOM.
In the case of LCME transfers, KYCOM’s requirements for osteopathic manipulative medicine must be completed prior to graduation.
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After confirming KYCOM's offer of acceptance with a nonrefundable $1,000 deposit, all new students must also successfully meet KYCOM's requirements regarding criminal background checks, urine drug screening, immunizations, and medical insurance.
Pre-Medical Program Offerings
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Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program (OMSP)
The University of Pikeville, in conjunction with the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, offers a cooperative eight year program (4 + 4) leading to a bachelor’s degree and a D.O. degree. The program is open to graduating high school seniors who:
have a minimum 1200 SAT or 26 ACT,
are in the top 10 percent of his/her class or have a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
is a resident of Kentucky, West Virginia, or Virginia
Up to 10 scholars are selected each year. After completing the bachelor’s degree at the University of Pikeville, scholars will be automatically admitted to KYCOM if they have maintained a 3.4 cumulative and science GPA, scored a minimum of 24 on the MCAT, participated fully in program activities, and exhibited proper ethical qualities and conduct.
Applications for this program are due by February 1st. Applications may be requested from Gary Justice, GaryJustice@upike.edu, or 606.218.5294.
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Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP)
The Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) offered by Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) exists to remedy the significantly underserved medical needs of Kentucky's rural areas by addressing the chronic underrepresentation of Kentucky residents in medical school admissions.
The KYCOM PEPP Scholars Program accepts Kentucky high school students. The KYCOM PEPP program annually enrolls approximately 40-50 high school students in a two-week summer residential program that offers participants a variety of educational experiences targeted to enhance their personal interest in a medical career, add to their understanding of the elements of a medical education, and expand their awareness of how medicine is practiced in a rural setting. Typically, PEPP program activities include lectures, anatomical laboratory sessions, volunteer work in the local hospital, and participation in relevant social and cultural events.
The PEPP program was established by the 1980 Kentucky General Assembly (KRS 162.028) for the purpose of increasing the number and proportion of students particularity from medically underserved areas of the commonwealth who apply to, are accepted by, and graduate from medical school. The PEPP program receives funds from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
Given that applications exceed program capacity, students about to enter the 12th grade who meet program requirements are accepted first followed in order of consideration by students entering the 11th grade, 10th grade, and 9th grade. Typically, the PEPP application deadline is the last day of February. Applications can be requested from Ronnie Collins, KYCOM Director of Admissions & Recruitment. Mr. Collins can also be directly contacted at 606.218.5409.
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