Career Options
Osteopathic physicians consider the whole person, including physical, emotional and spiritual components. They also use a hands-on system of diagnosis and treatment known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. They work in partnership with their patients to help each individual maintain their health, and they can specialize in any medical field, practice the full scope of modern medicine, complete important medical research, advise policy makers, and contribute to societal health and well-being in many ways. Learn more about osteopathic medicine

Curriculum and Career Planning

  • Timeline - Students should refer to Alfred University's Pre-health Timeline and Checklist to assist them in career planning.
  • College Major and Required Courses - Osteopathic medical schools are looking for an academic record that indicates the aptitude and knowledge base to successfully complete a medical school curriculum. Entry requirements for osteopathy are the same as those for medical school. Students should refer to the Pre-Med Curriculum Worksheet to assist them in developing their program of study.
  • The MCAT and GPA - Most osteopathic schools require the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The usual time to take it is in the spring semester of the Junior year. Adequate preparation for this test is crucial because admission to osteopathic medical school is competitive. Of those applying in the 2016 application cycle, the mean MCAT scores are 125.75 Psychological, Social & Bio, 125.73 Bio. & Biochemical, 125.52 Chemical & Physical, and 125.17 Critical Analysis & Reasoning. The mean overall grade point average was 3.56 and the average science grade point average was 3.50.
  • Extracurricular activities - Colleges of osteopathic medicine encourage applicants to learn more about the profession by identifying an osteopathic physician to shadow. Many of the colleges require applicants to get to know a DO and request a letter of recommendation as part of the application process. Osteopathic schools are looking for students who have a record of leadership, have some clinical experience, and have participated in a variety of extracurricular activities.
  • Credential File/Dossier - Alfred University's Career Development Center provides detailed instructions on preparing your credential file/dossier. In addition, there is a pre-health dossier checklist to make sure your credential file/dossier is complete.
  • You must get to know faculty members so that they can write letters of recommendation for you. The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee at Alfred University can prepare a Pre-medical Committee Letter for students.

Osteopathic Colleges use AACOMAS for an online application. Before beginning the application process, review their College Information Book, which includes detailed information on the nation’s osteopathic medical colleges.

More Information

Pre-Health / Pre-Vet Overview
Pre-health Timeline and Checklist

Related Links

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine