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.
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.
|General Biology with Lab
|General Chemistry with Lab
|Organic Chemistry with Lab
|General Physics with Lab
||1 - 2 quarters|
|Introduction to Psychology
|Introduction to Sociology
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.
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.
Old MCAT National Averages (0-45):
Biological Sciences: 9.48
Physical Science: 8.74
Verbal Reasoning: 9.0
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