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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: $198.00 for one college and $50.00 for each additional college.

Fee Assistance Program

Osteopathic medical programs require students to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).  The MCAT costs approximately $325.00.

A handful of programs are currently requiring the CASPer Test through Altus Suite. The CASPer test is an online screening tool designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics that make for successful students and graduates. The CASPer test can only be taken once per application cycle. The Altus suite costs $85.00 which covers distributing your results for all three assessments to eight schools and $15 to send to any additional schools. 

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.

Visit the Volunteering and Leadership Opportunities website for the full list.


Highlighted opportunities:

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Loyola Summer Enrichment Program (ASPIRE)

Student Life Volunteering Society

Advocate Pre-Health Volunteer Program

Northwestern Medicine 

Northwestern Medicine - Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Community Health
Old Irving Park Community Clinic
Howard Area Community Center
Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) Community Clinic

Port Ministries
Washington Park Clinic

Night Ministry 

Mobile Care Chicago


Shadowing Tips - Where to Begin: 

1. Start by asking your personal doctors if they would be willing to be shadowed or could recommend another practitioner.

2. Ask your friends, classmates, parent's friends, or professors if they have a connection that might be willing to shadow.

3. Utilize the DePaul network and check to see if there are alumni on ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) that you could potentially shadow.

4. Reach out to local medical clinics to see if they would be open to you shadowing a practitioner.

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: 3.56
National Average Science GPA: 3.47

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.​ ​​