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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. 

Full Osteopathic Medicine profile

Osteopathic Medicine School Requirements:

  • Acceptance into an osteopathic medicine program requires a bachelor's degree.
  • All osteopathic programs require specific prerequisite courses for acceptance. Course requirements commonly include a strong background in the sciences (biology, physics and chemistry). NSU's program requires a completion of the following with a grade of C (2.0) or higher:
    • 8 semester hours of Biological Science with laboratory (includes biology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, etc.)
    • 8 semester hours of General Chemistry with laboratory 
    • 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry with laboratory
    • 8 semester hours of Physics with laboratory
    • 6 semester hours of English/Humanities (must include 3 semester hours of English)
    • 3 semester hours of Biochemistry
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores are required for entrance into osteopathic medical schools. 
  • 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.

NSU Osteopathic Medicine Program:

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) are educated to consider the health of the whole person and use their minds, senses, and hands to help diagnose and treat patients. NSU's four-year curriculum prepares you for real world practice. Intensive courses and clinical reviews build your skills in preparation for two years of clinical rotations. Core rotations covers several fields and include three months in a rural setting where many residents have little access to health care. 


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