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Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSUCOM)

Contact

Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
1111 W. 17th St.
Tulsa, OK 74107

Main phone: (918) 582-1972
Website

Admissions office
Email: osucomadmissions@okstate.edu
Phone: (918) 561-8324
Fax: (918) 561-8243
Admissions Website

General Information

Mission Statement

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences educates and trains osteopathic physicians, research scientists and other healthcare professionals, with an emphasis on serving rural and underserved Oklahoma.

COM Description

Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSUCOM) 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. OSUCOM was named the Most Popular Medical School by U.S. News and World Report for 2013.

Campus setting: 
Tulsa, OK; Metropolitan Area 

Year founded: 1972

Type: Public, non-profit

Accreditation: 
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.

Institutional affiliation: 
OSU-CHS is a branch campus of the Oklahoma State University system.

Facilities:

  • 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 and a medical library. Attached to a new 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.
  • 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 Westport on the River Apartment Homes which is located right next door to OSUCOM. This complex is voted “Absolute Best Apartment Community in Tulsa” and provides housing convenient to OSUCOM, River 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 OSUCOM and provide an ideal place for families.

2016-2017 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 446
  • Total male: 261
  • Total female: 185
  • First-year enrollment: 115
  • First-year male: 68
  • First-year female: 47
  • First-year in-state: 104
  • First-year out-of-state: 11
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 926

Curricular Offerings

The curriculum at OSUCOM 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 student-centered 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 OSUCOM 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. OSUCOM third- and fourth-year students have the opportunity to do their rotations at our teaching hospital and across the state of Oklahoma. OSUCOM 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 / Concurrent Programs

DO/MBA
Dual degree in osteopathic medicine and business administration. Five-year degree program.

DO/MPH
Dual degree in osteopathic medicine and public health. Five-year degree program.

DO/MSBS
DO/MS in Biomedical Sciences – Dual degree in osteopathic medicine and biomedical sciences. Five-year degree program.

DO/MSHCA
DO/MS in Health Care Administration – Dual degree in osteopathic medicine and health care administration. Five-year degree program.

DO/PhD
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 OSUCOM dual degree/concurrent program offerings, visit http://healthsciences.okstate.edu/com/admissions/degrees.php.

Preparatory Programs

None offered

Special Programs

  • MS in Biomedical Science
  • MS in Forensic Sciences
  • MS/NAS in Health Care Administration
  • MAT in Athletic Training
  • MFSA in Forensic Science Administration
  • International Medicine Programs
    Students in the DO program may spend elective time during the third or fourth years at an international rotation site in Uganda. Non-school sponsored international medical mission trips are available for students to participate in during the first and second years.

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2017)
  • Primary application deadline: 2/28/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/30/2018
  • 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.

Admissions Process

OSUCOM 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 OSUCOM 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.

First-year class matriculant's 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

MCAT

  • Oldest MCAT considered: Only scores from the new MCAT will be considered.
  • Accept September 2017 MCAT scores: Yes
  • Accept January 2018 MCAT scores: Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Virtual Evals
  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Interview Format

Open file (excluding all reference to GPA and MCAT). Two-on-one (1 DO and 1 PhD) 35-minute interview.

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/15/2017
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/30/2018
  • 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 an osteopathic physician.
  • 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:
    All applicants
  • Supplemental application fee: $65, non-refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses

Required:

  • 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
  • At least one upper division (3000-4000 level) science course is required for admission.

Recommended:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Histology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology

Non-Science Courses

Required:

  • College English, 6 semester hours

None recommended

Acceptances

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
  • Earliest acceptance date: 10/31/2017 
  • Latest acceptance date: 8/1/2018
  • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/30/2018

Early Decision Program

  • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No     

First-Year Class Matriculants

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity 

Matriculants from the 2015-2016 application cycle.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 4.35%
  • Asian: 8.7%
  • Black or African-American: 1.09%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 1.09%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 67.39%
  • Multiple Races: 11.96%
  • Undisclosed: 5.43%  

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 74%
  • Non-Science majors: 26%
  • Graduate degree(s): 3%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2016-17 annual resident tuition: $23,977
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident tuition: $47,767
  • 2016-17 annual resident fees: $1,509
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident fees: $1,509
  • 2016-17 annual health insurance fee: $0
  • Fees include:
    • Student Services
    • Lab
    • Computer
    • Student Activities
    • Technology (not computer)
    • Health Service
    • Other
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $24,000
  • Average 2016 graduate indebtedness: $212,712

Deposit

  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $100, refundable
  • Additional deposit amount: $0
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes or No

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 91%
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: $4,000