Chicago college of osteopathic medicine – CCOM Midwestern

chicago college of osteopathic medicine

Chicago college of osteopathic medicine – CCOM Midwestern


CCOM Midwestern History

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) was established in 1900 and was the fourth Osteopathic Medical School to be established in the U.S. It was a non-profit school to train physicians. The Medical School through the decision of the Board of Trustees was expanded and in 1991 the Chicago College of Pharmacy was established followed by the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine, and then the Optometry Program.

CCOM Midwestern Awards & Accolades

    • The Scientist magazine named Midwestern University the 6th best academic or noncommercial research institution in the nation in its “Best Places to Work in Academia” rankings.
    • Midwestern University’s Glendale Campus and Clinics earned the Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC) Quality of Life Enhancement in Education Award at the Best of the West Awards and also received the prestigious Economic Engine Award from WESTMARC.
    • Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic in Downers Grove received the Business Excellence Award for Large Businesses and the Business of the Year Award from the Chamber630 organization.
    • Glendale Campus was recognized as one of the Valley of the Sun’s Healthiest Employers (Midsize Firms) by the Phoenix Business Journal.
    • The Downers Grove Campus received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness Conservation and Native Landscaping Award for the restoration of 8.97 acres of wetlands and oak-hickory woods.

CCOM Midwestern Accreditations

The College has gained accreditations from:
  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

CCOM Midwestern Degrees & Programs

  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
  • Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D)
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)
  • Master of Medical Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies (M.M.S.)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (D.N.A.P.)
  • Master of Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)
  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Cardiovascular Science (M.S.)
  • Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.)
  • Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

CCOM Midwestern Academic Departments

  • Department of Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Neuroscience
  • Gross Anatomy/Embryology
  • Department of Anesthesiology
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry Rotation
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  • Department of Clinical Integration
    1. Directed Study
    2. Health Care Communications I
    3. Foundations in Osteopathic Medicine
    4. Behavioral Health Assessment
    5. Patient Symptom Presentations
    6. Physical Exam Skills
    7. Mental Illness and Treatments
    8. Clinical Symptom Integration (CSI)
    9. Simulated Patient Care
    10. Clinical Skills Assessment I
    11. Clinical Skills Assessment II
    12. Integrated Clinical Activities (ICA)
    13. Elective Clinical Clerkship
  • Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gyneocology
  • Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Surgery

CCOM Midwestern Requirements

Candidates who want to apply to CCOM need to fulfil the following requirements:
  • The candidate should have a minimum of C grade in all their courses.
  • For the candidates to be competitive, they should have a minimum of 3.00 GPA on a scale of 4.00.
  • For the candidates to receive a supplementary application, they should have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00.
  • The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • The candidate should have taken the MCAT and test scores of MCAT taken no more than 3 years back are accepted by the college.
  • The candidate needs to fulfil the AMCAS and secondary application.
  • The candidate should provide at least 2 recommendation letters along with their applications. The letters provided should be from:
  • One letter from either a premedical advisory committee, pre-health advisor or basic science professor who has taught the applicant;
  • The second letter from either a U.S. licensed D.O. or M.D. Letters from osteopathic physicians are strongly recommended. Letters written by family members are not acceptable.
  • The candidate must fulfil all the technical requirements.


    • Observation: The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand (on a computer screen or electronic devices). Observation necessitates the functional use of vision and sense of touch and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses.
    • Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate in English effectively and sensitively in both verbal and written form and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.
    • Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine motor movements, maintain equilibrium and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination to perform profession-specific skills and tasks. Candidates must be able to lift 20 lbs.
    • Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to problem-solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.
    • Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the consistent, prompt, completion of all responsibilities and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process. The candidate must agree to participate in touching/palpating on the skin and being touched/palpated on the skin by individuals regardless of gender in all academic settings. These activities will take place in large or small group settings as defined in the College’s curricular requirements.


  Semester Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with lab 8 12
General Chemistry with lab 8 12
Organic Chemistry with lab 8 12  
Physics with lab 8 12
English Composition 6 9

CCOM Midwestern Campuses

There are two campuses which are:

Downers Grove, Illinois

The campus is spread over 105 acres of land with top of the class architecture along with lush green, well-maintained pen spaces. The campus has a recreational and wellness hall which consists of a music room, craft room, an aerobic exercise room, weight room, racquetball/handball courts, and a gymnasium. Along with all these facilities the center also has include athletic fields for intramural sports. The campus also has a well-equipped library technology center named “Littlejohn Hall” which contains all the latest journals, books, as well as an extensive electronic collection. The technology center also consists of an auditorium, study areas, and a comfortable lounging area. There is an Alumni Hall that has the facility of osteopathic manipulative therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy labs, classrooms, research facilities, and faculty offices. The Downers Grove campus also has a Centennial Hall which consists of a pharmacy practice laboratory, three research laboratories, and two 258-seat lecture halls/classrooms. The campus also has a Science Hall which is a five-story building having modern classrooms, research laboratories, dental simulation clinic, student testing center, and faculty offices. Then there is Redwood Hall which covers six story’s and has Dorothy and Ward Perrin Interfaith Chapel, kitchens, classrooms, an auditorium, and residence hall rooms. Apart from all this the campus also has common student center houses which have the facilities of the campus bookstore, mailroom, a full-service dining hall, coffee shop, computer lab, and administrative offices.

Places to eat

There are a variety of places on the campus where one can get a bite to grab or a full fledged meal as well. Places to eat on campus are:
      1. The Common’s Café
Breakfast: Mon-Fri: 7:00 – 10:00am Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:00am – 1:30pm Dinner: Mon-Fri: 5:00 – 6:30pm Brunch: Sat & Sun: 10:00am-1:00pm
      1. Common Grounds
Open Monday through Friday: 8:30am – 1:00pm
    • Student Meal Plans are also available

Glendale, Arizona

The campus is spread over 156 acres of land and has Cactus Wren Hall which consists of state-of-the-art classes, laboratories, lecture halls and conference rooms which cover an area of about 78,000 sq. ft. Apart from this, the campus has other halls which are: Sahuaro Hall (consists of lecture halls, conference rooms, and laboratory classrooms boasting the finest in educational equipment and medical resources and occupies 64,850 sq. ft. of land), Cholla Hall (consists of two lecture auditoria, modern pharmacy laboratories, multi-use classrooms, and a computer lab), Ocotillo Hall (occupies 40,000 sq. ft. and consists of practice labs, classrooms, and a 600-seat dividable auditorium), Agave Hall (has state-of-the-art anatomy and osteopathic manipulative medicine labs, as well as several multi-purpose spaces and spreads over 40,000 sq. ft.), Glendale Hall (featuring classrooms, faculty offices, and a dental simulation laboratory), Mesquite Hall (this hall consists of the Clinical Skills & Simulation Center), Recreation & Wellness Hall (this hall consists of all the gymnasium and exercise equipment for the students and the staff). Apart from all these halls the Glendale campus also has a well-established auditorium which has a seating capacity of 2,600, there is a Foothill Science Center which is a research facility and a medical library with an elaborate collection of books and journals along with the facility of computers and study rooms. Glendale campus also has a Chanen Interfaith Chapel, Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, and an Animal Health Institute.

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