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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 tables).

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 degree.

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.

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