Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Main Campus: Tulsa, OK
Additional Locations: Tahlequah, OK
COVID-19 Related Information
Offers Virtual Interviews: No
Requires a Letter from a Physician: DO or MD Letter Required, however, if possible, a DO Letter is preferred
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes
Accepts Online Lab Coursework: Yes
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework: Yes, only for Spring 2020 term
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences educates and trains osteopathic physicians, research scientists and other health care professionals, with an emphasis on serving rural and underserved Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) is focused on training doctors for serving rural and underserved populations. Our small class sizes foster an environment of personal attention and strong relationships with faculty and staff and lay the foundation for a successful practice in osteopathic medicine. Two-thirds of OSU-COM graduates practice in primary care (family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology) and one-third practice in specialty areas such as dermatology, neurology, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, anesthesiology, and gastroenterology.
OSU-CHS is located in the metropolitan city of Tulsa, OK. The additional teaching site, OSU at Cherokee Nation is located in Tahlequah, OK which is rural.
Year founded: 1972
Type: Public, non-profit
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Oklahoma State University – parent university
- OSU-COM at Cherokee Nation – additional teaching site
- Located on the west bank of the Arkansas River, minutes from downtown Tulsa, the OSU Center for Health Sciences campus is housed in a modern, four-building complex on 16 acres. The complex consists of classrooms, basic and clinical science teaching laboratories, offices, research areas, lecture halls, break-out rooms, a medical bookstore, library and cafe. Attached to a five-story parking garage is the new A.R. & Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building. This state-of-the art facility features new lecture halls, clinical skills and OMM labs, study carrels, a conference center and a four suite simulation center.
- The new OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation will be an additional teaching site located in Tahlequah, OK. Current plans call for the enrollment of an inaugural class of 50 students starting in the fall of 2020. The new 84,000 square foot facility will include an anatomy laboratory, clinical skills and OMM labs, standardized patient labs and a simulation center that will feature state-of-the-art computer programmable manikins. There will also be lecture halls, classrooms, faculty offices as well as study carrels and a gym/workout area. Tahlequah is unique in its location, centered in the midst of the Illinois River Valley, with Lake Tenkiller and Lake Fort Gibson close by to provide unlimited recreation and beautiful scenery.
- OSU Physicians Network operates seven area clinics including the OSU Health Care Center. The healthcare center serves as both a teaching clinic for students and a healthcare resource for the community. At this comprehensive clinic, faculty physicians, resident physicians and osteopathic medical students treat a large and varied patient load. The Health Care Center includes 37 patient examining rooms, radiology lab, student learning center and physician offices, and offers services in general healthcare, osteopathic manipulative medicine and psychiatry, and houses a women’s health center.
Student residence options:
No on-campus housing is available. Many graduate and medical students choose to live at Waterside Apartments, which is located right next door to OSU-COM. This complex is voted “Absolute Best Apartment Community in Tulsa” and provides housing convenient to OSU-COM, River West Festival Parks amphitheater, jogging and bike trails, and the new A Gathering Place for Tulsa. Additional nearby housing options exist in downtown Tulsa, and in the Brookside, Florence Park and Tulsa Hills neighborhoods. The quaint towns of Broken Arrow, Jenks, and Owasso are all within a 30-minute commute time to OSU-COM and provide an ideal place for families.
- Total medical school enrollment: 456
- Total male: 258
- Total female: 198
- First-year enrollment: 116
- First-year male: 61
- First-year female: 55
- First-year in-state: 108
- First-year out-of-state: 8
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: N/A
The curriculum at OSU-COM emphasizes the integration of biomedical sciences with clinical systems. The curriculum includes early hands-on clinical experiences with patients, patient models, and simulations. Instructional methods are studentcentered and include traditional lecture, small group and team-based learning. Problem-solving and informational retrieval skills are emphasized to produce and develop skills that support lifelong learning. The culture of OSU-COM encourages students to establish an academic relationship with faculty members and community-based physicians. The curriculum emphasizes integration of biomedical with clinical and behavioral sciences to permit the full comprehension of the clinician’s work and promote a holistic approach to the care of patients and their families. OSU-COM third- and fourth-year students have the opportunity to do their rotations at our teaching hospital and across the state of Oklahoma. OSU-COM offers an elective Rural Medical Track (RMT) that prepares medical students for a rural primary care residency and successful practice. Key facets of the RMT are rural-based clinical education and a guided research component focused on contemporary rural health topics.
Dual Degree Programs
Dual degree in osteopathic medicine and business administration. Five-year degree program.
Dual degree in osteopathic medicine and public health. Five-year degree program.
DO/MS in Biomedical Sciences – Dual degree in osteopathic medicine and biomedical sciences. Five-year degree program.
DO/MS in Health Care Administration – Dual degree in osteopathic medicine and health care administration. Five-year degree program.
This dual degree, six-year program is an excellent education option for students who wish to pursue careers in medical research and/or academic medicine. The first two years are the basic science years of the DO program. The middle two years are graduate study, research and dissertation of the PhD program. The final two years are the clinical science years of the DO program. At the end of the six years, the student is expected to have completed the requirements for the DO degree and the PhD degree.
For more information on OSU-COM dual degree/concurrent program offerings, visit medicine.okstate.edu.
Graduate Certificate in Medical Sciences
Lays a foundation of biomedical sciences and includes coursework that mirror content areas of curriculum in the first two years of medical school.
Rural Medical Track
The Rural Medical Track is designed to prepare students for a rural primary care residency and a successful practice in rural or underserved Oklahoma.
Global Health Track
The Global Health Track enhances experiential learning for our medical students and exposes them to international health experiences and cultures in resource-deprived countries.
Stress Management Program
A program dedicated to creating a sustainable culture of wellness and to helping medical students develop mental resiliency by providing them with the tools and activities to cope with stress.
Senior Mentor Program
All first- and second- year medical students are paired with older-adults to develop the interpersonal skills required by physicians and gain perspective outside of the student’s own generation.
Admissions Process & Application Information
OSU-COM sends supplemental applications to all applicants upon receiving their verified AACOMAS application. Letters of recommendation are a required component of the supplemental application and should be sent directly to OSU-COM from the evaluator. All on-campus interviews with the applicant interview committee are by invitation only and are mandatory for further consideration. The application must be complete prior to receiving an invitation to interview. Following the on-campus interview applicants are notified of the admissions decision either by phone or email.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/5/2020)
- Primary application deadline: 2/28/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/30/2021
- Submission timing for best consideration: For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to this school’s latest filing date.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
In recommending candidates for admission, the college considers all factors, including preprofessional academic achievement, evaluations from preprofessional committees and osteopathic physicians, MCAT results, data obtained in the on-campus interview and student motivation for a career in osteopathic medicine. The college is looking for demonstrated scholarship, aptitude and motivation for admission to the program. The admissions committee recommends applicants for admission. Final selection of candidates to be offered admission is made by the Dean. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements to be considered for admission. Provisional offers may be extended to allow for the completion of in-progress/planned coursework.
Preference is given to applicants from Oklahoma. Non-U.S. citizens who do not have a permanent resident visa (“green card”) at the time of application cannot be considered for admission. The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, or ethnicity.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: February 2018
- Accept September 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/15/2019
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/30/2021
- Supplemental application requirements:
Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and science GPA of 2.75. Minimum MCAT of 492. Letter of recommendation from premedical advisory committee, or letters of recommendation from three faculty members, at least two of whom teach science. In addition, a letter of recommendation from a physician is required (osteopathic physician is preferred).
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
AACOMAS waiver. A letter of verification from AACOMAS will be required.
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
- Supplemental application fee: $65, non-refundable
Open file (excluding all reference to GPA and MCAT). Two-on-one (1 DO and 1 PhD) 25-minute interview.
- Biology/Zoology, 2 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 2 semester hours
- Inorganic Chemistry, 2 semester hours
- Physics, 2 semester hours
- At least one upper division (3000-4000 level) science course is required for admission.
- College English, 2 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-specificprocedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges.
- Earliest acceptance date: 8/1/2020
- Latest acceptance date: 8/9/2021
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes, evaluated by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 8/2/2021
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||4%|
|Black or African American||6%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2019-20 annual resident tuition: $25,796
- 2019-20 annual non-resident tuition: $53,298
- 2019-20 annual resident fees: $2,967
- 2019-20 annual non-resident fees: $2,967
- 2019-20 annual health insurance fee: $4,513
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Health Service
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $20,700
- Average 2019 graduate indebtedness: $175,648
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $100, refundable until 4/15/2021
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 89%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $10,370
Contacts & Additional Resources
1111 W. 17th St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
Main phone: (918) 582-1972
Phone: (918) 561-8324
Fax: (918) 561-8243