Total enrollment at the nation’s osteopathic medical colleges is now 21,600, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s total enrollment.

Growth in the number of osteopathic medical school graduates will help mitigate looming physician shortages, especially in the critical primary care area, according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific has a total current total enrollment of 1,110 students at its Pomona, Calif., campus and at its COMP-Northwest campus in Lebanon, according to the 2012-13 enrollment summary report issued by the Western University office of the registrar.

Because Western University opened COMP-Northwest in 2011, total enrollment for osteopathic medical students has increased and will continue to grow as COMP-Northwest enrolls students for all four classes.

COMP-Northwest’s inaugural class enrolled 107 students in the 2011-12 academic year and enrolled 108 students this year.

Those numbers are part of AACOM’s announcement that the growth percentage in osteopathic enrollment will continue to increase as new campuses are developed or complete all four years of enrollment.

With the addition of COMP-Northwest in 2011, the enrollment for the 2011-12 academic year was 989; the 2012-13 academic year increased to 1,110 students, which is a 12.2 percent increase.

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