Admission to ICOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program is comprehensive as well as competitive. 

To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 percent of the required credits for a bachelor’s degree in a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate or graduate degree prior to starting medical school. 

The most competitive applicants would have a science and cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. ICOM also places emphasis on the applicant’s interview and their experiences. We consider health related experiences to include patient care, interaction or observation. 

Minimum age to matriculate is 18 years of age.

*There are two additional questions specific to ICOM on the 2024-2025 AACOMAS Application you will have access to once you designate ICOM as a program you’d like to apply to:

  • What do Osteopathic Principles and Practices mean to you and what aspects of osteopathic medicine have drawn you to pursue this route to becoming a physician? Please be descriptive in your answer.
  • Have you applied to Medical School (DO or MD) in a previous application cycle? [If you select yes] How have you improved your application?

Required Courses

The courses below are required for admission. Applicants may apply while coursework is in progress. Coursework completion is required prior to matriculation and pending courses during the application cycle are acceptable.

  • Biological Sciences: One year with laboratory (8 semester credit hours/12 quarter credit hours)
  • Physics: One year (6 to 8 semester credit hours/9 to 12 quarter credit hours)
  • Inorganic Chemistry or General Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester credit hours/12 quarter credit hours)
  • Organic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester credit hours/12 quarter credit hours)
  • English: One year (6 semester credit hours/9 quarter credit hours)
  • Six (6) additional semester credit hours in science are highly recommended. ICOM recommends courses in the 300/400 level or beyond in subjects that will enhance performance in medical school such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology.

Note: Courses with equivalent content will be reviewed. Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each of the required courses above to fulfill the prerequisite course requirement. Depending on the sequence of chemistry courses taught at your University, ICOM will consider a combination of 16 hours of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.


Applicants must submit scores from their Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). ICOM will accept the MCAT administration from up to three years prior to the date of matriculation. ICOM recommends a minimum score within the 50th percentile, and with no subsections lower than the 35th percentile.

ICOM will accept January 2025 MCAT scores for the 2024-2025 Application Cycle.

Letters of Recommendation

For the 2024-2025 Application Cycle, ICOM  requires one letter of recommendation. The letter is required to be from a science faculty member (PhD) or a pre-medical/pre-health advisor who has experience with an applicant’s academic abilities.  We are not requiring a physician (DO or MD) letter of recommendation, however it’s strongly encouraged to include one on your application.

If you have been out of school for more than three years please reach out to for approved substitutions or if further clarification if needed. Letters of recommendation from relatives are not accepted.

Technical Standards

Applicants will be required to meet the Technical Standards for admission and continued enrollment and affirm that he/she meets the standards.  Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is a reason for rescinding the offer of admission or after matriculation, dismissal from the program.

Accommodation Requests

ICOM is operating in compliance with the timeline established by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), both as amended, to assure that its facilities, programs and student policies are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Students and applicants with specific needs should contact the ICOM Office of Student Services. Details of ICOM’s Accommodations policy can be viewed in the Academic Handbook.

Permanent Residents

Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their permanent resident card (“green card”) prior to admission. Permanent residency status “pending,” is not eligible for admission.

International Students

ICOM does not accept applications from students requiring an F-1 student visa status at this time.

ICOM will require applicants who have completed coursework at foreign institutions be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the evaluation services approved by AACOM. The evaluation service must verify course work completed at an institution outside of the U.S. is comparable to an accredited U.S. college.

ICOM will require verification of applicant’s credentials from a college or university outside of the U.S., who have met the equivalency for the minimum requirements for admission.

General Admission Inquiries


Tel: (208) 795-ICOM (208-795-4266)


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Director of Admissions: Amanda Griswold

Assistant Director of Admissions: Ellie Matthews

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Admissions Coordinator: Nikki Irving

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Admissions Recruiter: Kyler Cochrane

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Admissions Recruiter: Kiana Poole

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