he osteopathic profession has a longstanding tradition of commitment to diversity and second-career students. Osteopathic medical schools and AACOM encourage diversity, and many have recruitment programs aimed at attracting and training underrepresented minority physicians to serve our nation’s diverse population.


Colleges of osteopathic medicine welcome students from all ethnic backgrounds, races, and genders. The colleges adhere to all legal requirements, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. AACOMAS and its parent organization, AACOM, participate in events that are dedicated to promoting diversity and serving diverse populations.

Financial Aid Supporting Diversity

AACOM offers two scholarships each year to students from historically underrepresented minority groups. For more information, visit AACOM's Financial Aid web page. Financial aid officers at each of the colleges of osteopathic medicine will be able to provide current information regarding other scholarships for minority students.

Mentoring and Other Support Programs

Mentoring and other support programs for underrepresented minority students are available at individual schools. Examples of these types of programs include summer workshops, open houses, and residence programs. For more information, visit the websites of the schools in which you are interested.  

Osteopathic Training for U.S.– Trained Health Professionals

Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physician Assistants, Chiropractors, and Others Who Want to Earn a DO Degree

Many allied health professionals seek admission to osteopathic medical schools. These students must complete the entire curriculum at an accredited osteopathic medical school, and they must complete a full course of graduate medical education. Schools may award credit for certain courses or experiences on an individual basis. Contact the admissions department at a college for specific information. A proven dedication to patient health and experience in a clinical setting will certainly help you in the admissions process.

MDs Who Want Training in Osteopathic Principles and Practices

With an understanding of the benefits of the osteopathic approach to patient care, many MDs are expressing an interest in learning how to integrate osteopathic philosophy and osteopathic manipulative medicine into their practices. Several osteopathic medical schools offer continuing medical education (CME) courses that are open to MDs.

To learn more about available CME courses, visit the osteopathic college websites. View college list. The American Academy of Osteopathy also offers continuing medical education courses that are open to MDs. Visit