Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Las Cruces, NM
COVID-19 Related Information
Osteopathic Medical Schools Adapt Admissions Processes in Response to COVID-19
Interview options for 2022-2023 cycle: Virtual interviews only
Physician letter required? No
Shadowing options: Shadowing not required.
Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes
Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes, consideration time frame limitations
Waives MCAT exam requirements for applicants for the 2022-2023 application cycle? No
Accepts online lab coursework? Yes
Para la gente y el futuro: For the people and the future, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University is dedicated to improving the health of the Southwestern United States and its border with Northern Mexico through culturally respectful undergraduate, graduate and continuing osteopathic medical education, research and its support of clinical service to the community.
The College is focused on increasing diversity in the physician workforce and fostering a practice of life-long learning, compassion, respect and excellence in its students.
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine utilizes the latest technologies and learning methods to ensure success in the classroom and future professional practice. Led by highly experienced professionals from osteopathic, allopathic and general higher education, the College is committed to impacting the workforce needs and access to quality medical services in the region.
- The College celebrates its nationally recognized faculty, students and clubs, and its collaborative campus climate.
- Medical students are very active in coordinating and participating in regional community outreach, education, and service projects.
- The College’s robust pre-clinical standardized patient program, high fidelity mannequins, and procedure-specific training provide medical students with opportunities to refine their clinical skills.
- Medical students expand their knowledge of anatomy by utilizing both the gross anatomy cadaver lab and digital anatomy software.
- The College boasts a 99% average graduate medical education placement rate for its first two graduating cohorts.
Suburban. Burrell College is located in the Chihuahuan desert of Las Cruces, New Mexico, a beautiful, temperate and vibrant Southwest city with strong economic growth. Las Cruces is New Mexico’s second largest city with plenty of outdoor activities for residents, including hiking in the Organ Mountains, bird watching in and around Dripping Springs and river rafting on the Rio Grande. Nationally, Las Cruces has been recognized as a top place for work, recreation, tourism, retirement and raising a family.
Year founded: 2013
Type: Private, for-profit
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
Institutional affiliation: None
The College’s campus is a newly constructed building located in the Arrowhead Research Park on the New Mexico State University (NMSU) campus. The space offers an array of impressive resources including lecture halls and seminar rooms for traditional and collaborative learning, a hybrid gross-virtual anatomy lab, a standardized patient facility, a physical diagnosis lab, and a simulation center utilizing high-fidelity mannequins. Through the College’s library, students have access to core medical and osteopathic collection materials including electronic databases and journals, print and electronic books, and media titles. The Biosciences Research Laboratory, which is a fully equipped BSL-2 facility, is available to support faculty driven research which may involve supervised research experiences for students.
Student residence options:
Please visit college’s website for information on housing. There is also a student-managed Facebook page for housing suggestions and guidance for incoming students.
- Total medical school enrollment: 636
- Total male: 290
- Total female: 346
- First-year matriculants: 161
- First-year male matriculants: 62
- First-year female matriculants: 99
- Matriculants in-state: 9
- Matriculants out-of-state: 152
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 636
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine provides a four-year, evidence-based osteopathic medical education program that enables students to acquire the knowledge and competencies required to enter graduate medical education and the practice of osteopathic medicine. The applications-based curriculum integrates medical knowledge, clinical skills and osteopathic principles and practice while its instructional design utilizes active learning techniques through case discussions, team-based learning, laboratory and skills instruction, and interactive integrative sessions. Students are engaged through simulated clinical experiences, small group sessions and directed study. Course offerings emphasize knowledge acquisition, problem solving through critical analysis and thought, patient-centered focus, professional demeanor, inter-professional collaboration, and guide the student’s development of a holistic approach to clinical practice. The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine’s clinical training curriculum is community-based and conducted in its affiliated hospitals and clinics under the supervision of a faculty in multiple medical specialties.
Dual Degree Programs
Admissions Process & Application Information
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine uses a holistically driven, rolling admissions process whereby applicants are assessed in several different areas, including academic and non-academic characteristics. Applicants from both in-state and out-of-state are encouraged to apply; at this time, the College is unable to consider international applicants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review all of the admission requirements and information related to the admissions process on the College’s website, prior to submitting.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2022)
- Primary application deadline: 3/31/2023
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/12/2023
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application by February 2023
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors
The College seeks to recruit and admit a diverse cohort of students who have shown a commitment to fulfilling the College’s mission. Applicants are screened for academic excellence and achievements, clinical experience, community service, maturity, motivation, and awareness of the osteopathic profession.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: July 2020
- Accept September 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2023 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/20/2022
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/12/2023
- Supplemental application requirements:
The Supplemental Application allows for applicants to provide the College with additional information about themselves and their applications through responses to posed questions.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
Applicants must provide a copy of the AACOMAS fee waiver from the current application cycle to the Office of Admissions.
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students: Screened applicants. Once the College has received an applicant’s AACOMAS primary application, the Office of Admissions will complete pre-screening to verify both the minimum cumulative science grade point average and MCAT score requirements have been met. Applicants that meet the minimum pre-screening requirements will receive an email containing login instructions on how to complete and submit the supplemental application.
- Supplemental application fee: $80 (non-refundable)
Traditional panel interview
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours, with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours. with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours, with lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours, with lab
- Science Electives, 3 semester hours
- Human Anatomy
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences
Applicants will be required to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
- Those offered a seat prior to November 15 will have 30 days to confirm acceptance of the offer. Those who have confirmed acceptance will have until December 14 to pay the accompanying non-refundable seat deposit.
- Those offered a seat between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days to accept the offer and submit the seat deposit.
- Those offered a seat between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days to accept the offer and submit a seat deposit.
- Those offered a seat after May 15 may be asked for an immediate seat deposit.
- Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: 30 days
- Earliest acceptance date: 9/5/2022
- Latest acceptance date: 7/12/2023
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/10/2023
Early Decision Program
Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants (Entering Class 2021)
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.0%|
|Black or African American||4.3%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0.6%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Update: Burrell COM is now approved for federal financial aid
- 2021-22 annual resident tuition: $60,668
- 2021-22 annual non-resident tuition: $60,668
- 2021-22 annual resident fees: $1,599
- 2021-22 annual non-resident fees: $1,599
- 2021-22 annual health insurance fee: $3,200
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Health Science
- Other – Technology Assistance
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $21,770
- Average 2021 graduate indebtedness: $280,000
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000 (non-refundable).
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 74%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $15,000
Contacts & Additional Resources
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (Burrell COM)
3501 Arrowhead Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Main phone: (575) 674-2266
Phone: (575) 674-2210