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Osteopathic Medicine


Osteopathic medicine was developed as a method of treatment emphasizing the musculoskeletal system, the patient's potential for self-healing, and a concern for the patient as a complete entity. DOs diagnose and treat human diseases and injuries, and practice preventive medicine, sometimes combined with research and/or teaching.

About Osteopathic Medicine
Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway to DO Degree Program at LECOM
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions Tours Schedule
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Applicant Profile Reports; Matriculant Reports; Student Enrollment Reports; Special Reports
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Become an Osteopathic Physician
Choose DO
CSFAA Financial Aid Modules for Osteopathic Medical School Students
Deciding Between an MD and a DO Degree
Des Moines University Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (HealthPASS)
Difference Between a DO and an MD Degree (click on "Other")
Differences and Similarities Between MD and DO Programs
Differences Between Osteopathic Medicine and Allopathic Medicine
Diversity in Osteopathic Medical Education
DO Career
DO Degree Growth Fueled by Rising Need for Primary Care
DO Medical Schools Expand, Giving Applicants More Choices
DO Student Profiles
Evolution of Osteopathic Medical Education
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Health Professions Readiness and Enrichment Program (HPREP), Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Heartland PreMed Conference A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, September 7, 2019
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine Tour and Open House Schedule
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions Tour Information
Ohio U. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Scholars Program
Ohio U. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: Optimizing Patient-focused Health Care Article
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Osteopathic Medicine Guide
Osteopathic Medicine History
Osteopathic Physician Interview
Osteopathic Physician Overview
Osteopathic Premed FAQ
Osteopathic State Associations
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Transcript Review Workshop and Tour, September 19, 2019; Transcript Review Workshop and Tour, October 10, 2019
Shadowing a DO and Learning About the Practice of Osteopathic Medicine
Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program
Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA); SOMA Foundation Scholarships
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Open House Schedule
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Pre-SOMA Conference, September 28, 2019, "So You Want to Be a DOctor?"
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine Online Information Session, August 21, 2019; Campus Tour, August 26, 2019; Online Information Session, September 10, 2019; Campus Tour, September 13, 2019; Campus Tour, October 14, 2019; Information Session and Campus Tour, October 22, 2019; Online Information Session, November 6, 2019; Campus Tour, November 8, 2019
(Additional osteopathy links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)




4 years, plus additional training (1-7 years).


AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine)
AACOM Recruiting Events
Osteopathic Medical Colleges Student Guide
Osteopathic Medical Programs
Osteopathic Medical Schools
U.S. Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine


AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service)
AACOMAS Application Instructions; Application Deadlines
AACOMAS Facebook
AACOMAS PreMed Twitter
Application Fee Waiver


One year each: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Math (through calculus), Physics, English.
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. osteopathic medical school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.


MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)


Similar to allopathic medicine. Also a knowledge and commitment to the DO's traditional concern for the whole person and a "holistic" approach to the practice of medicine in general.


Health Professions Committee letter (usually confidential) sent with additional individual letters of support.