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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Professional Program

For many students of the sciences, medical school is the ultimate goal. With a doctorate in osteopathic medicine (DO), you can achieve your dream of becoming a practicing physician and obtain your white coat from one of our two modern medical school locations.

Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) currently offers two locations for its Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine professional degree program: Harrogate, TN and Knoxville, TN. We deliver quality educational programs through experienced faculty utilizing innovative teaching methods and state-of-the-art technology. LMU-DCOM is fully committed to meeting the community's health care needs and beyond with excellence in teaching, patient care, and services.

Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine Curriculum

DCOM's curriculum is a four-year, full-time academic and clinical degree program, which grants its graduates the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).

The curriculum stresses the interdependence of the biological, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. We emphasize educating physicians for primary care medicine, employing the distinctive osteopathic principles for maintaining health, and treatment of disease.

You will complete the curriculum in two phases:

  1. Pre-clinical Sciences (Years 1 and 2)
  2. Clinical experiences (Years 3 and 4)

A primary care physician must be skilled in problem-solving and demonstrate expertise in diagnosis. To ensure you can achieve these standards, the DCOM curriculum emphasizes the integration of basic and clinical sciences in medical practice.

LMU-DCOM Core Competency Outcomes Map


LMU DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Locations

LMU Harrogate

Harrogate, Tennesee

6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752

LMU-DCOM was established in 2007 in Harrogate, Tennessee, with the mission of placing primary care doctors in Appalachia and the surrounding area. Since then it has graduated 2,201 doctors, many of whom work in East Tennessee and the surrounding states. First and second-year students spend time at main campus diving into the academic curriculum, while third and fourth-year students spread out across 9 states learning how to apply their medical education in the hospital setting.

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LMU Knoxville

Knoxville, Tennessee

DCOM at LMU-Knoxville
9737 Cogdill Road
Knoxville, TN 37932

DCOM at LMU-Knoxville offers the same four-year, full-time academic and clinical program as offered at the LMU-DCOM Harrogate campus granting the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. The brand new campus with state-of-the-art osteopathic medical school facilities opened its doors to a class of 125 in the fall of 2019.

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What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Facts about osteopathic physicians:

  • The number of DOs has increased 54% since 2010.
  • More than 25% of medical students in the United States are training to be DOs.
  • Nearly 57% of all DOs practice in the primary care areas of family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics.
  • The United States has approximately 108,000 fully licensed and practicing osteopathic physicians.
  • Each year, more than 100 million patient visits are made to DOs.