College of Science and Health > Student Resources > Office of Advising & Student Services > Pre-Health Advising > Health Careers > 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.
As of 2017, the AACOMAS application cost: $195.00 for one college and $45.00 for each additional college.
Osteopathic medical programs require students to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
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.
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine - Midwestern University
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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.
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.