Degree Information

The degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is granted to and conferred upon candidates who:

  • Have demonstrated good moral, professional, and ethical character;
  • Have satisfied all academic requirements;
  • Have passed the COMLEX-USA Level 1, COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE, and COMLEX-USA Level 2 PE; and
  • Completed all required exit paperwork and settled all financial obligations with CUSOM and affiliate and collaborative partners incurred during as a result of the academic program.

To become eligible for graduation, each fourth-year student must have successfully completed all the above requirements within six years of matriculation. The six years allow for the student to have been in a delayed program due to medical, academic, and/or behavioral leaves of absence.

Professional and ethical competence is required for graduation. Students must demonstrate the ethical and professional qualities deemed necessary for success and continued study and practice of osteopathic medicine; the suitability for the practice of medicine by dutiful and responsible acceptance for patient care; and integrity in the conduct of clinical duties. Students may be dismissed from CUSOM if any of these competencies are not met.

A student must have completed all curricular requirements at CUSOM, or a minimum of two years at CUSOM and another eligible institution which is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) or Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), between the date of matriculation and graduation. In addition to this requirement, the student must have been enrolled full-time at CUSOM during their third and fourth academic years.

A CUSOM student must complete to the satisfaction of faculty, as determined by the individual course directors and clinical rotations supervisors and through the APPS Committee, all prescribed courses and clinical experiences to graduate. The Dean makes the determination on any appeals from promotion board recommendations, based solely upon new and meaningful information not available to the APPS Committee at the time of the deliberation. The Dean makes the determination on any appeal from the Dean’s recommendation, based solely upon new and meaningful information not available to the Dean at the time of his or her decision.
Students must meet with the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Registrar to complete all required exit forms in order to receive a diploma. CUSOM students must also attend the exit process and the commencement program to receive a diploma.

Upon passage of COMLEX-USA Level 1 and Level 2 CE and Level 2 PE requirements, and all other requirements as delineated in the Academic Bulletin, the faculty of CUSOM, through the Dean and President, recommends degree candidates to the Board of Trustees. Upon approval of the recommendation, the Board of Trustees confers the DO degree on students successfully completing all requirements for graduation.

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