Amherst, New York
4-year, Nationally accredited
Degrees: Doctorate, Postgraduate Certificate
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (“VCOM”) was founded in 2003 and had its first graduation class in 2007, bestowing the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on its graduates. The first location, in Blacksburg, Virginia, entered into collaboration with Virginia Tech; the second location, opened in 2010, was established in Spartanburg, South Carolina; the third location opened in 2011 in Auburn, Alabama, in 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 332 D.O.s in 2015-16.
We were startled to see that VCOM’s annual tuition was $16,000 – far less than we expected for a college bestowing medical degrees. A combination of its mission, its cost to attend, and the overwhelming endorsements of its students led us to award Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine a University Research & Review 2017 Best Value School Award.
Of additional interest, VCOM also offers a one year postgraduate certificate in pre-med studies. This 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 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."