College of Osteopathic Medicine

On October 23, 2007, the Board of Trustees at William Carey University unanimously voted to authorize Dr. Tommy King, President, to employ a Dean for the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM). The goal was to educate osteopathic physicians to address the severe shortage of physicians in Mississippi and surrounding states and to impact the health care of rural and underserved populations of this area.

In January, 2008, Michael K. Murphy, DO, was employed to aid in accomplishing this goal. On March 3, 2008, WCUCOM was officially established. Press conferences were held in Jackson at the Mississippi Baptist Convention Building and on the Hattiesburg campus of WCU on March 7, 2008. The President announced the establishment of WCUCOM and introduced Dr. Michael K. Murphy as the founding Dean. Dr. Murphy, a U.S. Navy physician for 30 years, previously served as Associate Dean of Postgraduate Training and Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences at Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kentucky. In the fall of 2009, WCUCOM began recruiting its first class of students.

On April 1, 2011, Dr. Darrell Lovins assumed the duties of Dean. Dr. Lovins served in the United States Navy for over 26 years, retiring in 2005 as a Captain. During his career, his professional job positions included general medical officer, family physician, family medicine residency faculty, medical officer to the USS Lexington and USS Tortuga, and founder and co-founder of the Department of Family Practice and Family Medicine Residency at Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, respectively. In November 2012, Dr. Darrell Lovins stepped down as Dean and returned to teaching full-time at WCUCOM due to health reasons. Associate Dean, Dr. James M. Turner, DO, FACOFP, FACOEP, then became the Interim Dean.

In February 2013, Dr. Turner accepted the position of Dean. Dr. Turner, specializes in family medicine, geriatrics, and emergency medicine, was the founding Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia, before becoming the Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences at WCUCOM.

WCUCOM was awarded full accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), May 3, 2014. On May 24, 2014, WCUCOM graduated its inaugural class of osteopathic medical students. Having achieved a 98% post-graduate placement rate, with over 70% of these students perusing a primary care specialty, WCUCOM continues to strive to fulfill its mission.

We are now accepting applications at:

For more information, please call (601) 318-6235 or email

ATLS Registration

To register for WCU COM ATLS at for information or questions call (601) 318-6060.

CME Registration


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Monday, August 14, 2017
Two William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine students were recognized recently for their high grade point averages.