Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Pre-med students start here! A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program trains physicians with a whole-person approach. Preparing for a DO program requires careful, advanced planning starting your first year!. 

Be sure to also check out requirements for Allopathic Medicine (MD), as many students apply to both program types.

Selecting Courses

There is no specific major that a student needs in order to continue on in a medical training program after graduation. The biochemistry major most closely tracks with the admission requirements for DO training programs; however, we routinely work with students that are majoring in other areas or double majoring.

In addition to completing a major, students interested in DO training need:

  • Two semester-long courses in Biology with lab [BIOL 111, 121, 172, or 208; and BIOL 237, 256, 257, 260, or 289]
  • Two semester-long courses in Chemistry with lab [CHEM 117 and 220]
  • Two semester-long courses in Organic Chemistry with lab [CHEM 230 and 235]
  • Two semester-long courses in Physics with lab [PHYS 101 and 102]
  • Two semester-long courses in English with intensive writing
  • One semester-long course in Biochemistry [BIOL/CHEM 260 or 300]
  • One semester-long course in Math or Statistics

The following are suggestions to more fully prepare for the MCAT and a future career as a physician:

  • One semester-long course in Psychology [PSYC 100]
  • One semester-long course in Sociology [SOCI 100]
  • As many chemistry and biology courses that fit into a schedule.
  • Learn a language that helps you serve diverse people and communities.

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