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D.O. Osteopathic Medicine

Career Overview:

  • Osteopathic Medicine is similar to Allopathic Medicine with the main difference is that Osteopathic Medicine are trained in special areas where Allopathic Medicine doesn’t like Manipulative Treatment.
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment is a set of hands-on techniques used to diagnosis,treat, and prevent illness and injury.
  • Osteopathic doctors are physicians who focus on holistic treatment. Along with treating diseases or illnesses, these doctors place emphasis on prevention.
  • 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. 

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Osteopathic Medicine School Requirements:

  • Acceptance into an osteopathic medicine program requires a bachelor's degree with a GPA of a 2.0 average. With a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0.
  • All osteopathic programs require specific prerequisite courses for acceptance. Course requirements commonly include a strong background in the sciences   (biology, physics and chemistry) and English.
  • Take the MCAT. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) performance scores are required for entrance into osteopathic medical schools scoring average of 505. Prospective medical school students take the exam the year before they apply to either a D.O. or M.D. program.
  • Letters of recommendation from:
    • A physician (M.D. or D.O.)
    • Pre-professional committee, or if such a committee does not exist, then three letters of recommendation are needed (two from science professors and one non-science professor). Examples of a non-science letter include but are not limited to English, Psychology, Mathematics, and Humanities.

Osteopathic Medicine Program Types

  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Information’s (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Medical Education (M.S.)
  • Master of Nutrition (M.S.)
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