In January 2010, Marian University announced the creation of the Indiana’s newest medical school. Opening in 2013, the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) became Indiana’s first medical school in 110 years. Recognizing the power of the osteopathic medical philosophy, treating patients mind, body, and spirit to find root cause of illness.
The doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) program emphasizes osteopathic training in all areas of medicine, particularly primary care, through lifelong learning and scholarly activity delivered by a dynamic academic community.
Students begin their careers in osteopathic medicine in an environment focused on success. Created with the Fundamental Osteopathic Medical Competencies 2011 and the Carnegie Report 2010 in mind, MU-COM utilizes a competency-based curriculum, with early clinical experiences, clinical integration in biomedical courses, and interdisciplinary training.
The Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences is home to MU-COM and the Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing—giving medical and nursing students opportunities for interprofessional education in a state-of-the-art facility. Located on the southeast corner of the Marian University campus, students have access to a vibrant campus, a great city, and countless professional and personal opportunities. Visit our Campus Life page for more information.
Only one medical school in the state of Indiana for more than 110 years left an important void in educating enough physicians to meet the healthcare needs of the community and state. Since the late 1990’s the Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA) had been searching for a partner to build an osteopathic medical school, in late 2009 they found one.
In January 2010, the decision to move forward with developing Indiana’s first new medical school since 1903 was endorsed by the Marian University Board of Trustees and the IOA. The IOA selected Marian University’s proposal, which included a $30 million lead gift by founder and CEO of AIT Laboratories, Michael A. Evans, Ph.D., who later increased his pledge to $48 million. In recognition of his magnanimous gift, the university’s new building was named Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences. On January 15, 2010 the university and the IOA announced plans to start Indiana first osteopathic medical school.
Since the announcement in 2010 the university and the college of osteopathic medicine have worked diligently to bring together many partners to help make the venture possible. These partners include architects, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, and other businesses—all investing in the project monetarily and/or by providing our students a wider variety of learning opportunities at their organizations. With their partnerships, our teaching philosophy, and our facilities MU-COM was awarded provisional accreditation on July 1, 2012 from the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). This allowed MU-COM to enroll the first class of osteopathic medical student in the state’s history in August 2013.