Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)


DOs are licensed physicians who specialize, prescribe medications, perform surgeries, etc. They have equivalent rights, privileges and responsibilities as Doctors of Medicine (MD), though their training differs slightly. In addition to a typical medical school curriculum, DO schools focus on the study of hands-on manual medicine.

Suggested Major*:

Biology with a minor

*Note: no particular major is required for this program. Recommendation is based on major courses in common with program requirements.

Required Courses**:

  • English composition and literature: 6 semester hours
    • Recommended RMC courses: ENG119, ENG120
  • General chemistry: 8 semester hours
    • Recommended RMC courses: CHEM101/102
  • Organic chemistry: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours (4 semester hours can be biochemistry)
    • Recommended RMC courses: CHEM251/252 OR CHEM220/BIO425
  • Physics: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
    • Recommended RMC courses: PHS101/102 OR PHS201/202
  • Biological sciences: 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours
    • Recommended RMC courses: BIO120, BIO203, BIO306, BIO312

**Note: course requirements differ slightly by institution. Be sure to check the requirements of the schools you are interested in applying to.

Additional requirements:

DO schools tend to emphasize their “holistic” application process, meaning their admissions committee takes into account life experiences in addition to MCAT scores, GPA, etc.

Recommended to pass courses with a C or above

Additional courses recommended: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics,

Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Anatomy & Physiology

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree (which has additional requirements to those listed above)
  • Completion of the MCAT
  • Application materials: for help with the application process, consider enrolling in the Medical Careers Pipeline of courses and contacting Lisa Wallace ( our Director of Career Services.
    • Personal statement
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Resume with extracurricular activities that include shadowing experiences. 

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