Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Main Campus: Athens, OH
Additional Locations: Dublin, OH; Cleveland, OH
COVID-19 Related Information
Interview options for 2022-2023 cycle: Virtual interviews only
Physician letter required? No
Shadowing options: Accepts Either Virtual or In-Person Shadowing
Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes
Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? No
Waives MCAT exam requirements for applicants for the 2022-2023 application cycle? No
Accepts online lab coursework? Yes
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) educates physicians committed to practice in Ohio, emphasizes primary care, engages in focused research, and embraces both Appalachian and urban communities. Integral to this mission, the OU-HCOM community commits itself to: providing a clinically integrated, learning-centered, osteopathic medical education continuum for students, interns, residents, and fellows; embracing diversity and public service; and improving the health and well-being of underserved populations.
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a nationally recognized leader in the education of osteopathic primary care physicians. OU-HCOM was created in 1975 to help alleviate the state’s growing shortage of family physicians and to train doctors for chronically underserved areas. OU-HCOM meets this mandate through the use of progressive curricula and the college’s comprehensive clinical campus system throughout Ohio.
Athens, Ohio, Rural; Dublin, Ohio, Suburban; Cleveland, Ohio, Urban
Year founded: 1975
Type: Public, non-profit
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Heritage College underwent its most recent comprehensive accreditation visit by the COCA across all three campuses on September 27 – October 1, 2021. All accreditation standards/elements were met, and the COCA awarded the college Accreditation with Exceptional Outcome, providing the college with a 10-year accreditation status. The college’s next comprehensive visit will occur in the academic year 2031-2032.
- Ohio University (Ohio University (OU-HCOM operates under a “one-college, three locations” philosophy. The admission process, requirements, and curriculum are the same no matter which campus an applicant prefers).
On each campus, there are similar types of spaces that support the educational mission of the college such as large classrooms, small case-based learning rooms, learning resource centers, anatomy labs, clinical training & assessment/simulation areas, Osteopathic Manipulation laboratories, and multipurpose rooms. Many other types of spaces exist that improve the medical student experience such as cafes, dedicated study spaces, student lounges, and game rooms. Study nooks are created in common spaces to encourage communication and collaboration. HCOM continues to support research and scholarly activity by providing adequate laboratory facilities in multiple buildings. These facilities include wet labs, dry labs, and clinical research areas to encourage collaborative research.
Student residence options:
Housing opportunities are available in close proximity to each campus location. Accepted students can find information on housing and roommates on the entering class GroupMe page.
- Total medical school enrollment: 1,008
- Total male: 471
- Total female: 534
- First-year matriculants: 246
- First-year male matriculants: 112
- First-year female matriculants: 132
- Matriculants in-state: 227
- Matriculants out-of-state: 19
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 29,217
HCOM and the Pathways to Health and Wellness curriculum commits to: provide a clinically integrated, learning-centered, osteopathic medical education continuum for students, interns, residents and primary care associates; embrace diversity and public service; and improve the health and well-being of underserved populations.
All Heritage College medical students begin their medical education with Osteopathic Approach to Patient Care 1, which focuses on Wellness. Each week, students are provided with learning objectives, outcomes and preparatory materials to direct study, activate prior experience and knowledge, and identify areas for growth. Educational topics to be emphasized are identified and presented via a patient case and guide the integrated learning activities throughout the week. Activities include integrated learning labs, osteopathic patient care skills, simulated experiences and early clinical experiences. A reporting phase will allow for reflection and assimilation in a small group format.
Dual Degree Programs
The DO/BME in Biomedical Engineering program integrates medicine and technology. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly growing field that prepares students with the technological tools and understanding to specialize in the areas of Biomechanics, Cellular/Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Information Processing.
The Master of Global Health dual degree program is designed for medical students interested in developing skills to work with multicultural, low resource, and vulnerable populations. Graduates with a DO/MGH can take a broad range of career paths including permanent or temporary involvement in groups such as Doctor’s Without Borders, Partners in Health, WHO, CDC and similar organizations. This dual degree also provides a focused competency to physicians working with immigrant/migrant populations.
The DO/MBA program combines the study of medicine with training in managerial, financial and technical expertise that can be applied to healthcare. In addition to enhancing the leadership characteristics of physicians, this training path can be applied in other areas including hospital administration, healthcare policy and related fields such as biotechnology.
The DO/MPH results in well-trained physicians with additional skills and knowledge in public health policies and procedures, enabling them to provide service to individuals within the context of population health. The DO/MPH program is designed for completion in five years.
The DO/PhD combines training in medicine and research for students interested in becoming physician-scientists. Demand for physicians with this dual training is high and can lead to careers as faculty members at medical schools, universities and research institutes. Students select mentors to engage in research in a variety of health-related areas of study, with particular emphasis on translational research.
Candidates must have been interviewed and unsuccessful in gaining admission. Admission to the PB program is by invitation only. Program Details: An academic year that includes upper level and graduate level biological sciences along with other coursework relevant to the practice of medicine.
This four-week, intensive summer pre-enrollment program is for first-year incoming medical students from Appalachian regions of Ohio, for students who have successfully completed the OU-HCOM post-baccalaureate program, and for students who qualify as a federally-defined underrepresented minority in medicine.
Summer Scholars is a rigorous premedical program that has been opening doors for students from disadvantaged backgrounds since 1982. The program is designed to enhance preparation for admission to medical school by immersing participants in activities similar to what they would encounter during their first year at the Heritage College. This includes a core curriculum of basic science courses taught by medical school faculty, study skills and time management workshops, clinical experiences and special presentations on cultural competency and research methods. In keeping with the educational culture at the Heritage College, all activities are designed to emphasize case-based problem solving and small group teamwork.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Participants in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program work in an active research laboratory under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This six-week program is designed to expose you to the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of biomedical and basic science research.
Transformative Care Continuum
The Transformative Care Continuum is an accelerated, competency-based program that prepares students for careers in family medicine through a continuous experience from medical school through residency and beyond
COMCorps, an AmeriCorp Program
COMCorps members serve a 10.5 or 11.5-month term packed with 1,700 hours of life-changing experience serving others. COMCorps service members are active in schools and agencies as they deliver health-related programs and implement health-related projects.
Admissions Process & Application Information
OU-HCOM only considers those with completed application files for a potential interview. A completed file consists of a verified AACOMAS application and receipt of all secondary application materials. Applicants are responsible for monitoring the status of their application. Candidates are notified of their pre-selected interview date via email by the office of admissions. Interviews are scheduled on Tuesdays from mid–September until late April. Admission decisions are made the same day as the interview. Candidates will be notified of the committee decision on the next business day.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2022)
- Primary application deadline: 2/1/2023
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2023
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least six weeks prior to the deadline.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors
Applicants to OU-HCOM must be U.S. citizens or hold a permanent visa. We welcome candidates from out-of-state and from any major, with the understanding that all prerequisites must be complete prior to matriculation. Most candidates have their bachelor’s degree, with many having advanced degrees.
Candidates with three years of outstanding academic work and related experiences may also be considered. In addition to strong academics, applicants should have numerous experiences that reflect maturity, service, clinical experience and exposure, and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Attributes integral to a successful candidate include strong moral character, professional behavior and a commitment to integrity and compassionate care. Early submission of the AACOMAS application and all supporting secondary documents is strongly encouraged and is beneficial in the rolling admissions process. OU-HCOM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or military veteran status in its employment practices or in the provision of educational programs and services.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: 1/1/2020
- Accept September 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2023 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/21/2022
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2023
- Supplemental application requirements:
Minimum two letters of recommendation from natural science faculty who have taught the student, i.e., biology, chemistry, physics faculty or a pre-med committee letter. There is one required essay and an additional, student selected essay on the supplemental application. Additional essays are also required for those with a Dublin or Cleveland campus preference and for those reapplying.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
All Ohio residents receive a supplemental application. Non-Ohio residents receive a supplemental application pending screening of the natural science GPA and MCAT.
- Supplemental application fee: $60, non-refundable
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours with lab
- Biochemistry, 3 semester hours with lab
- Genetics, 3 semester hours
- Anatomy, 3 semester hours with lab
- Physiology, 3 semester hours with lab
- Histology, 3 semester hours
- Pharmacology, 3 semester hours with lab
- Immunology, 3 semester hours
- Virology, 3 semester hours
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 6 semester hours
- Math/Statistics, 3 semester hours
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
- Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
- Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
- Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- After May 15 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges.
- Earliest acceptance date: 9/15/2022
- Latest acceptance date: 4/26/2023
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
Requests must be received in writing and approvals are at the discretion of the student selection advisory committee.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 8/10/2023 – This date may be subject to change.
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants (Entering Class 2021)
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2021-22 annual resident tuition: $37,068
- 2021-22 annual non-resident tuition: $52,864
- 2021-22 annual resident fees: $2,532
- 2021-22 annual non-resident fees: $2,532
- 2021-22 annual health insurance fee: $2,820
- Fees include:
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Microscope Rental
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $31,936
- Average 2021 graduate indebtedness: $233,339
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $100, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $500, non-refundable
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 89%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $2,500
Contacts & Additional Resources
191 West Union Street, Suite 167
Athens, OH 45701
Main phone: (800) 345-1560