About Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (MU-COM) goal is to create a quality prof

essional education program emphasizing osteopathic training in primary care. MU-COM designed a curriculum that promotes and measures
student competencies with an emphasis on osteopathic clinical services and public service activities provided to diverse populations of individuals and cultures, including the underprivileged and medically underserved.


MU-COM is a Catholic medical institution built on the inspired vision and values of our Franciscan heritage, and dedicated to preparing osteopathic physicians who are committed to the complete healing of individuals’ bodies, minds, and spirits. MU-COM is committed to serving the people of Indiana and to developing osteopathic physicians through research, service, and teaching.


Marian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age or disability in the recruiting and selection of students for admission.

MU-COM seeks to attract the best and brightest students. Each admitted COM student will demonstrate academic excellence and reflect the diversity of accomplishments, talents, interests, and backgrounds valued by MU-COM. A bachelor’s degree and the MCAT are required for admission. The Admissions Team evaluates applicants on a number of criteria, ranging from academic records and test scores to commitment toward osteopathic medicine and service.

Academic requirements include eight credit hours each in didactic/lab courses in biology/zoology; inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; and physics. The applicant must complete at least six credit hours in college English. MU-COM also recommends additional coursework in biochemistry; molecular biology; genetics; behavioral sciences; humanities; and math/statistics.

Innovative Curriculum

The MU-COM curriculum will be modeled after recommendations contained in the Carnegie Report 2010. Courses will be system-based, with foundational clinical cases and group study. Students will be exposed to clinical experiences in years 1 and 2. The curriculum will be compe­tency based with student assessment of learning and skills. Biomedical science will have a clinical basis. MU-COM faculty will use the 2011 National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners’ (NBOME) Fundamental Osteopathic Medical Competencies and critical elements in creating teaching materials.

The CORE rotations for the clinical clerkship at MU-COM are in the third year.

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • General Surgery
  • Psychiatry

In addition to the CORE rotations, the student will also have rotations in ambulatory clinics (either office practice or urgent care), and in community health, where the expectation is to work in a non-profit or faith-based organization providing support to the community, or in a public health experience with the State or City/County Health Department.

In the fourth year, the student has many electives, which can be either hospital or out-patient based. Students will be required to complete two months of emergency medicine and serve a sub-intern experience in a hospital. They are also expected to complete a month of a community hospital experience, as well as a rural rotation.


Tuition: $40,000

Fees: To be determined

Estimated room, board, books and living costs: $24,000/year   *10 month estimate, subject to change.

(Indianapolis’s cost of living is roughly 10% lower than the national average. Housing is well below the national average, with a median home price of $123,100.)

Living in Indianapolis, IN:

MU-COM’s location near downtown Indianapolis will provide medical students with access to nationally recognized physicians and nurses working in premier hospitals and some of the best research facilities in the world.

Indianapolis is ranked as the 12th largest city in the 2010 Census and has a small-town feel with big-city amenities. Host of Super Bowl XLVI, the legendary Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, and the Big Ten football championship game, Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Colts (NFL), Indiana Pacers (NBA), Indianapolis Ice (USHL), Indianapolis Indians (MiLB), and Indiana Fever (WNBA). The city is a premier sports venue that also offers dozens of arts, cultural, and recreational experiences, from the world’s largest Children’s Museum to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, and one of the country’s largest city parks. The city provides students with a wide range of activities to enrich their lives.

Indiana is also listed by the Wall Street Journal as a leading United States life sciences hub, and is home to more than 825 medical device companies, drug manufactures, and research labs. Large international names, such as Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Diagnostics, and WellPoint, Inc., are leaders of this growing industry.

Weather: Here are average temperatures for January and July (in Fahrenheit):

  •   January: High = 34 Low = 19
  •   July: High = 84 Low = 65

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