Osteopathic Medicine Requirements

  • Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

  • Doctors of osteopathic medicine can choose any specialty, prescribe drugs, perform surgeries, and practice medicine anywhere in the United States.

  • There is no particular major required for admission to Osteopathic medical school although a strong background in science is highly recommended. Students will apply using AACOMAS

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree and the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is required for admission.




UofM Course

 Minimum semester hours required by
Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

General Biology

BIOL 1110/1111
BIOL 1120/1121


General Chemistry

CHEM 1110/1111
CHEM 1120/1121


Organic Chemistry

CHEM 3311/3301
CHEM 3312/3302


General Physics

PHYS 2010/2011
PHYS 2020/2021


English Composition

ENGL 1010
ENGL 1020



CHEM 4511

Strongly Recommended for MCAT

General Psychology

PSYC 1030

Strongly Recommended for MCAT

Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1010

Strongly Recommended for MCAT

Upper-Division Biology Courses

See Advisor for Options

Strongly Recommended