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Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic physicians (also known as doctors of osteopathic (DOs) medicine) bring a patient-centered, holistic, hands-on approach to diagnosing and treating illness and injury. Osteopathic physicians work in partnership with patients to help them achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health education, injury prevention, and disease prevention. DO programs are similar to MD programs in which they require four years of medical education followed by residency training of three to eight years.

Osteopathic medical schools do not require or prefer a particular undergraduate degree.

How do I apply to osteopathic medical programs?

Students apply through a centralized application system called the American Association of  Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Similar to the common application for undergraduate school, students can apply to any of the osteopathic programs through a single application on the AACOMAS. The AACOMAS opens​ early May.

As of 2017, the AACOMAS application cost: $195.00 for one college and $45.00 for each additional college.

Do I need to take a entrance exam?

Osteopathic medical programs require students to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). 

As of 2017, the MCAT costs approximately $310.00​.​

What are the prerequisites for osteopathic medical school?

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require courses not listed below. For more information about specific programs, please​ contact the school directly.

​Course
​General Biology with Lab ​1 Year
​General Chemistry with Lab
​1 Year
​Organic Chemistry with Lab ​1 Year
​General Physics with Lab ​1 Year
​Biochemistry ​1 - 2 quarters
​Statistics ​​1 quarter
Introduction to Psychology
​1 quarter
​Introduction to Sociology ​1 quarter
 

Sample Timeline - Traditional 4 Year

Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest. Below is a sample timeline for a Health Sciences major.

Please be aware that DO schools do not require or prefer a specific major and the below timeline should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.


Into what osteopathic medical programs have DePaul students been recently admitted?


A.T. Stills
Kansas City University​
Lake Erie - Seton Hill
Liberty University
Lincoln Memorial University​
Marian University
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine - Midwestern University
New Mexico State
New York Institute of Technology
Ohio University - Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Pikeville - Kentucky

What is considered a competitive GPA and entrance exam for osteopathic programs?

National Average Cumulative GPA: 3.5
National Average Science GPA: 3.45

MCAT 2015 (472-528)

Each section is scored 118-132 with 125 being the average and 500 being in the 50th percentile​. Competitive applicants will be in the 60th percentile of the test.


It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed above. For more information about a specific program, please contact that program directly or visit the AACOM​. ​