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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.

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.

The AACOMAS application cost: $196.00 for one college and $46.00 for each additional college.

Fee Assistance Program

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

The MCAT costs approximately $320.00.

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 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

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.

Student Life Volunteering Society
Advocate Pre-Health Volunteer Program
Professional Development and Leadership Opportunities
Community Health
Old Irving Park Community Clinic
Howard Area Community Center
IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Net

Shadowing - Where to Begin: 

1. Start by asking your personal doctors if he or she would be willing to be shadowed. If not, ask if they can recommend another practitioner.

2. Call the local medical schools to see if they have alumni who would be interested in being shadowed.

3. Call around to local medical clinics. You can find a list of local DO's Here

4. Ask your friends, classmates, parent's friends, or professors if their dentist might be willing to shadow.

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

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

National Average MCAT: 505

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.​