What are the Admission Requirements to apply to osteopathic medical school?You’ve made the decision to apply to osteopathic medical school. Just what are
the admissions committees and interviewers looking for in a prospective student?
Admission to osteopathic medical school is competitive. Of those applying in the
2011 cycle, the average (mean) MCAT scores were 8.38 verbal, 8.18 physical
sciences and 8.93 biological sciences. The average (mean) overall grade point
average was 3.42 and the average science grade point average was 3.31.
Generally, MCAT scores and grade point averages are slightly higher for
matriculating students than scores reported for the overall applicant pool (see
In terms of academics, osteopathic medical schools are looking for an academic
record that indicates the aptitude and the knowledge base needed to successfully
complete the medical school curriculum.
Just as important are personal qualities. Osteopathic medical schools are
looking for students who:
• Are well-rounded
• Have good communication and inter-personal skills
• Have a record of community service
• Have a record of leadership
• Have some clinical experience
• Have participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities
• Come from diverse backgrounds
• Are motivated to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine
• Have knowledge of osteopathic medicine
• Have shadowed an osteopathic physician
Osteopathic medical schools also have a long tradition of accepting
non-traditional students who may be looking at osteopathic medicine as a new
career later in life.
Nearly all students who apply to osteopathic medical school have a bachelor’s
There are a few exceptions for students in special programs that have prior
arrange-ments with osteopathic medical schools. Many applicants have earned a
master’s degree or doctorate before applying to osteopathic medical school.
Many public osteopathic medical schools are mandated by state legislature to
admit a certain percentage of in-state residents to each entering class. Contact
the colleges in which you are interested for more information.