Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Program

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Students who are service-oriented, compassionate, interested in health and human body issues, and academically competent can develop into skilled health care professionals.

Our undergraduate program emphasizes quality academics and Christian caring empathy and prepares students for entrance into graduate level health professional programs.

EMUs pre-medicine program prepares students for entrance into either allopathic or osteopathic medical schools as steps in fulfillment of a career in medicine.

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About osteopathic medicine

With its holistic human philosophy and hands-on manipulative diagnosis and treatment, osteopathic medicine is distinctive from allopathic (traditional) medicine. Osteopathic medical doctors (known as DOs) focus on disease prevention and health promotion as a key to wellness in their patients. Osteopathic medicine is similar to allopathic medicine in that the training of both practitioners is based on common modern medicine knowledge, skills, and diagnostic and treatment tools including pharmacology.

Students in osteopathic medical schools study the same basic science and medical material that allopathic students study but in addition have about 200 hours of coursework in osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medical schools admit a high percentage of non-traditional students. Entrance requirements are typically a bit lower than traditional allopathic medical schools, however the rigor and extent of course work in the schools are very similar.

In most states, osteopathic medical students are required to pass the same medical licensing examinations required for the licensing of allopathic medical students. Consequently, DOs are licensed to practice in health care facilities and hospitals throughout the US along with allopathic physicians.

Four distinctive principles characterize the practice of osteopathy:

  • The human body is a unit (body/mind/spirit).
  • The body has innate self-healing abilities.
  • Structural and functional aspects are interrelated.
  • Rational osteopathic care is based on the upper premises.

Because of their holistic emphasis, most osteopathic physicians practice primary care medicine in disciplines of family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

Osteopathic Medical Schools in the US are accredited by a central agency called the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine . The professional organization of practicing osteopathic physicians is the American Osteopathic Association which further describes the uniqueness of osteopathic medicine.

Preparing for study after EMU

Pre-requisite science requirements for entrance to most osteopathic medical schools minimally include a year of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics courses with the appropriate laboratory components. (See the side bar for EMU recommended pre-requisite courses).

The Medical College Admissions Test, osteopathic clinical experience, professional and academic letters of reference, and completion of a centralized application form are required in the application process.

During recent years, the average overall MCAT score for matriculating applicants has been 25; the average science grade point average has been about 3.4. Admission is competitive. Most recently, 11,650 applicants competed for 4,462 seats in osteopathic medical schools as first year enrollees.

Students who wish to enter an osteopathic medical school should apply early since most schools operate with a rolling admission basis resulting in many classes being filled prior to the deadline dates.

Applications are completed through a central application service, called the AMCOMAS, which is operated by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine .

Osteopathic medical schools, relatively near to EMU, include Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Blacksburg, VA, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine located in Lewisburg, W.VA, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Philadelphia, PA

A total of 25 accredited osteopathic medical schools are found in the US. For an overall listing of these schools visit

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