Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine - OSU-COM

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Primary Campus

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Additional Locations

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General Information

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. A little more than half of OSU-COM graduates practice in primary care (family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology) and about 45% practice in specialty areas such as dermatology, neurology, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, anesthesiology, radiology and gastroenterology.
  • OSU-COM campus at night
  • OSU COM at the Cherokee Nation campus buildings
  • Three diverse OSUCOM students in white coat smiling for the camera

Mission Statement

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.
Admissions Processes During the Pandemic

Interview Options: In-Person

Physician letter required? Not Required

Virtual Shadowing Options? Virtual or In-Person Accepted

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

Facilities

Closest City 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.

Campus Setting

Urban

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, 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 is an additional teaching site located in Tahlequah, OK. The new 84,000 square foot facility includes a gross- and neuro-anatomy laboratory, clinical skills and OMM labs, standardized patient labs and a simulation center that features state-of-the-art computer programmable manikins. There are also lecture halls, classrooms, faculty offices as well as study carrels, a gym and mindfulness areas. 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 exam 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

OSUCOM does not offer on-campus housing, but there are a number of affordable housing options within 10 minutes of our locations in Tulsa and Tahlequah. There are several apartment complexes and house options in the surrounding neighborhoods where students rarely have a commute over ten minutes.

In Tulsa, many students live near campus where they have easy access to downtown Tulsa and its entertainment opportunities, the River Parks trails along the Arkansas River, and the world-renown Gathering Place riverfront park.

In Tahlequah, most students opt to keep their commute under five minutes while being within walking distance of local restaurants and several of the area’s many outdoor recreational areas, including the scenic Illinois River.

Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status OHU-CHS 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 Oklahoma State University – parent university; OSU-COM at Cherokee Nation – additional teaching site

Student Demographics
  • Entering Year 2022

Academic Year Enrollment

Total Medical School Enrollment

603

Total Male

297

Total Female

303

Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions

603

First-Year Matriculants

143

First-Year Male Matriculants

79

First-Year Female Matriculants

64

First-Year Other Matriculants

0

Matriculants In-State

115

Matriculants Out-of-State

28

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native

2.1%

Asian

10.5%

Black/African American

2.8%

Hispanic/Latino

6.3%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

White

69.2%

Multiple Races

8.4%

Undisclosed

0.7%

Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors

80%

Non-Science Majors

20%

Graduate Degrees

7%

Additional Locations

Additional Locations

OSU-COM at Cherokee Nation

Affiliation Oklahoma State University and OSU-COM

Address 100 S. Bliss Avenue, Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464

Website https://medicine.okstate.edu/com/index.html

Phone (918) 525-6191

OSU-COM seal

Overview

Public Institution

Non-Profit

Oklahoma State University – parent university; OSU-COM at Cherokee Nation – additional teaching site

Institutional Affiliation

1972

Year Founded

Urban

Campus Setting

Main Contact

Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine - OSU-COM

1111 W. 17th St., Tulsa, Oklahoma 74107

Address

(918) 582-1972

Phone

Admissions Office

Curricular Offerings

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 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 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. OSU-COM offers elective tracks that prepare medical students for a primary care residency and successful practice in rural, tribal, or urban underserved areas. Key facets of the elective tracts are population-based clinical education which train students to provide culturally competent care and a guided research component concentrated on contemporary rural, tribal, or urban underserved health topics.

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaurete Programs Offered

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.

Special Programs

Tribal Medical Track
The Tribal Medical Track prepares medical students for a primary care residency at tribal facilities and a successful practice in tribal, rural and underserved Oklahoma.

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.

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs Offered

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 program is an excellent education option for students who wish to pursue careers in medical research and/or academic medicine. Students must apply and be accepted to the DO and PhD programs in the same cycle. Students complete four to five years of graduate study, research and dissertation of the PhD program before matriculating to the traditional DO program.

For more information on OSU-COM dual degree/concurrent program offerings, visit  https://medicine.okstate.edu/com/academics/duel-degrees/index.html.

Premedical Coursework

Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.
Science Courses
Biology/Zoology
Required With Lab

2 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required

2 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)
Required

2 semester hours

Physics
Required

2 semester hours

Additional Science Courses
Required: At least one upper division (3000-4000 level) science course is required for admission.
Non-Science Courses
College English
Required

2 semester hours

Admissions

OSU-COM sends supplemental applications to all applicants upon receiving their verified AACOMAS application. 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.

Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 4, 2023

Primary Application Deadline: February 28, 2024

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 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 Accepted? Does Not Accept International Students

Application Interview Format: See Below

Blinded, two-on-one (1 DO and 1 PhD) 25-minute interview.

Early Decision Program (EDP)

EDP Offered? No

EDP Applications Submitted To AACOMAS

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

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 two faculty members. In addition, a letter of recommendation from a physician is optional (osteopathic physician is preferred).

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: June 15, 2023

Supplemental Application Deadline: March 30, 2024

Supplemental Application Fee: $65

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? Yes

AACOMAS waiver. A letter of verification from AACOMAS will be required.
Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

August 1, 2023

Latest Acceptance Date

July 15, 2024

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 29, 2024

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

Acceptance/deposit deadlines conform to the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines Schedule? Yes

Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines 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 April 30 will have 14 days.
  • Those accepted on or after May 1 may be asked for an immediate deposit.
  • After May 1 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.
MCAT/GPA Information

Mean MCAT Score

502.5

Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score

3.68

Oldest MCAT Considered: February 1, 2021

Accept September 2024 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accept January 2025 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Main Admissions Contact

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

The tuition and fees below are from the prior 2022-23 academic year and may have changed for this current application cycle. Please confirm the latest rates with the institution.
Tuition

In-State Tuition

$25,796

Out-of-State Tuition

$53,298

Fees

Annual Fees

In-State Resident Fees

$3,087

Out-of-State Resident Fees

$3,087

Health Insurance Fee

$0

Tuition Fees Include

Health Service
Lab
Student Activities
Student Services
Technology (not computer)

Estimates, Deposits, and More

Estimated Annual Room Board, Books, and Living Costs

$30,596

Average Graduate Indebtedness

$166,162

Acceptance Deposit

$100

Additional Deposit

$0

Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? Yes

Fully refundable until April 15, 2024.
Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 85%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: $21,459