Blacksburg, VA; Spartanburg, SC; Auburn, AL
Degrees: 4-year Doctorate, 1-year Graduate Certificate Premedical Program
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), a private college founded in 2001, opened its doors to students in 2003 and had its first graduating class in 2007. Students graduating from VCOM receive a degree in Osteopathic Medicine (DO). The first location, in Blacksburg, Virginia has a collaboration with Virginia Tech; the second location, opened in 2011, was established in Spartanburg, South Carolina; the third location opened in 2015 in Auburn, Alabama, and has a collaboration with Auburn University. VCOM was created to provide physicians, particularly those specializing in primary care, to underserved rural areas. It is doing a superb job of attaining its original mission, awarding 2,297 total DO degrees as of 2017.
VCOM also offers a one-year postgraduate program in pre-medical studies. This Graduate Certificate Premedical Program is designed for students who need to enhance their academics in order to gain acceptance to a medical program. The program is offered to attract individuals from rural areas, low socioeconomic status backgrounds, and underrepresented minorities, although acceptance is not limited to individuals from these groups. We urge those who have a background in health care to look at this unique program.
VCOM’s 2017-2018 annual tuition was $42,500 for its DO program and $16,000 for its graduate certificate program – far less than we expected for a private medical school. A combination of its mission, its cost to attend, and the overwhelming endorsements of its students led us to award the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine a University Research & Review 2017 Best Value School Award.
"VCOM has the perfect campus, instruction, program layout, and creates a very close family among themselves to help them success. It is all about the one for all and all for one. The caliber of students goes so far beyond than just knowledge. It covers the heart and soul and anyone would love to call this home and be so proud to be a doctor from VCOM-Carolinas."