Please note: This is an informational page for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.
Obtaining a D.O. degree requires four years of undergraduate study, extensive experience shadowing physicians, clinical experience, and demonstrated devotion to serving the community. The Medical College Admissions Test must be completed. The medical school licensing exam, COMLEX for osteopathic doctors, must be completed to practice medicine in the U.S. After graduation, doctors will complete one year of internship and 3-8 years of residency (the supervised practice of medicine by a senior attending physician).
Osteopathic medical schools are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
- Medical School – 4 years
- Residency Program – 3 to 7 years depending on the specialty
Most medical school applications can be submitted through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Consideration to schools usually requires the following:
- Completion of the following course work:
- 1 year Biology, 1 year of Physics, 1 year of English, 2 years of Chemistry including Organic Chemistry
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
- Letters of Evaluation – submitted through the AACOMAS Letter Service [Depending on the school, a premedical committee evaluation may be required.]
- Shadowing Experience
- Volunteer Experience with an underserved population