Marian University's College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) seeks to attract bright and talented individuals who have excelled in and out of the classroom, exhibited non-cognitive competencies necessary to interact successfully and professionally with patients and a medical team, and demonstrated a commitment to the osteopathic philosophy.

Having the appropriate information is very important prior to and throughout the application process. In this area, you will find information on admissions requirements, the application and selection processes, important dates, and other information about our academic programs.

We encourage you to learn more about what our program has to offer. If you still have questions after reviewing our website, we welcome the opportunity to chat with you over the phone or in person during an upcoming event, open house, or individual campus visit. We appreciate your interest in MU-COM. 

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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

DoctorThe Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) recognizes the power of the osteopathic medical philosophy, which treats the root cause of illness, not just symptoms, and promotes a lifetime of wellness. Indiana's newest medical school welcomed its first class in August 2013. MU-COM combines the strengths of the osteopathic philosophy and Marian University's rich Catholic and Franciscan history.

Guiding Principles and Practice

It is the expectation of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) that all members of our community model the Franciscan Values, and interact with one another in an ethical, respectful, and professional manner. These values are reflected in Marian University and COM policies and expectations (minimum technical standardscode of professional ethicscode of student rights and responsibilities, and professional conduct policy) and the Guiding Principles and Practice policy, which provides greater detail on our expectations for COM faculty, staff, students, and administrators.

MU-COM is dedicated to the promotion of a learning environment that is conducive to the ongoing development of professional behaviors in students, faculty, staff, and administration and is one in which all individuals exhibit mutual respect. This includes facilitating the exposure of learners to aspects of quality and safety, cultural competence, and interprofessional collaborative practice.  

Our learning environment is consistent with the Catholic Mission of Marian University and based upon the four Franciscan Values given to us by the Sisters of Saint Francis: Dignity of the Individual, Reconciliation, Responsible Stewardship, and Peace and Justice. In addition, the curriculum of MU-COM is based upon the articulated expectations and requirements of professional organizations, national licensure boards, and accrediting bodies. The faculty of MU-COM is committed to meeting these expectations and requirements, while striving to not promote or endorse any personal view, opinion, or belief. 

  • Act in accordance with the Franciscan Values. This includes respecting the Dignity of the Individual for others (faculty, peers, staff, faculty, and administration), including their rights, values, lifestyles, opinions, and religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and choices, even when they differ from your own. 
  • Promote unity in values, culture, race, color, citizenship, national origin, regional origin, religion/spirituality (and atheism), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, disease state, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, political affiliation, belief statements, world views, or any other legally protected status. To this end, it is MU-COM’s expectation that the community’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity will be reflected by behaviors in the classroom, in active learning environments, in research environments, and in oral, written, or visual presentations (e.g., syllabi, PowerPoints, abstracts, manuscripts). 
  • Incorporate osteopathic principles and practice, including manipulative medicine that requires physical contact (palpation) between students, faculty, staff, and simulated patients, while accommodating reasonable requests for accommodations and assuring that the minimum technical standards are met.

Educators and administrators shall:

  • Strive to ensure that the learning environment is safe and conducive to open communication and robust interactions between faculty and learners. The learning environment promotes the acquisition of knowledge and fosters attitudes and skills required for the sustained professional practice of medicine and results in master adaptive learners. This learning environment also makes room for questions of faith and encourages our students to explore the intersection of faith and reason. Such activities require an environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other inappropriate conduct. 
  • Facilitate instruction and course content that is patient-centered. The education a student receives will encompass many scenarios encountered with patient care. These encounters are taught based upon the requirements of national, state, and professional organizations. Understanding the nature and needs of each unique, individual patient is paramount to becoming the best possible physician and delivering the excellent care patients deserve. 
  • Promote a learning environment that is conducive to the ongoing development of professional behaviors in students, faculty, and staff and is one in which all individuals are treated with respect. Learning activities incorporate exposure to aspects of patient quality of care and safety, cultural competence, and interprofessional collaborative practice.  

Learners at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine shall:

  • Participate in all learning activities, including Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine laboratory sessions and Clinical Care Encounters. It is imperative to the educational process that engagement in examination and treatment experiences be conducted in a respectful and professional manner by all participants.  
  • Meet standards of behavior that fall under the definition of “professionalism.” In the medical profession, this relates to qualities such as trust, respect, integrity, and competence to patients and the general public.
  • Adhere to the standards of the profession as put forth by the AOA Code of Ethics whose fundamental principles are social justice, patient autonomy, and the primacy of patient welfare.
  • Demonstrate the balance of selfcare with selfless behavior while maintaining a teachable attitude, including giving and receiving constructive feedback, and being present and accountable, prepared, and engaged.



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