Western University of Health Sciences [Old] College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Western University of Health Sciences
[Old] College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

COMP Mission

Western University of Health Sciences’ Mission Statement

To produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities.

COMP DO 2016 class photo

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific’s Mission Statement


The Mission of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) is to prepare students to become technically competent, culturally sensitive, professional and compassionate physicians who are prepared for graduate medical education, who are life long learners and will serve society by providing comprehensive, patient-centered healthcare with the distinctive osteopathic philosophy.

 This is accomplished through excellence in curriculum, translational research, service and osteopathic clinical practice and the enhancement of osteopathic graduate medical education.


Core Competencies in support of the College’s Mission Statement



Strategic Plan in support of the Mission, and Core Competencies


WU/COMP began the process of formulating a comprehensive Ten Year Strategic Plan in 2003. The plan was published in 2004 and it is reviewed and updated annually. The Strategic plan clearly emphasizes the three core functions of the College. The first is its Educational Programs (curriculum) but in order to achieve excellence in curriculum two additional functions are necessary. The second element is that the College, in partnership with the University, will substantially increase its investment in biomedical research and research faculty. The third area in support of a strong curriculum is the maturation of a faculty practice plan greatly expanding the University Academic Medical Center practice.


We are proud to say that we are exceeding our goals and/or national benchmarks as outlined in the Strategic Plan. Specific milestones include: achievement in COMLEX, (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination) student satisfaction surveys, student faculty ratios, and quality and quantity of original bench research. As a consequence, WU/COMP has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the most selective private osteopathic medical school in the nation.


The fourth chapter of the Strategic Plan was added after careful consideration by the WU/COMP Faculty. It became clearly evident that the Vision of the College and University could not be achieved within the current facilities limitations. Therefore a chapter on projected needs for additional facilities was added.


The Western University of Health Sciences’ Board of Trustees committed to a building campaign in 2006 that will result in a new medical facility for WU/COMP currently under construction. This facility is a comprehensive academic and clinical complex of 250,000 square feet. It will enhance classroom space, provided over fifty breakout rooms for small group discussion and study. An entire floor of the building is dedicated to additional research laboratories.