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Fast Facts About Osteopathic Medical Education


  • Visit What is Osteopathic Medicine? to learn more about the history and practice of osteopathic medicine.
  • In the 2020-21 academic year, osteopathic medical colleges are educating more than 34,000 future physicians–25 percent of all US medical students.
  • AACOM represents the 38 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States.
  • These colleges are at 60 teaching locations in 34 states.
  • Seven of the colleges are publicly controlled, 31 are private institutions.

Growth Trends

Over the last 10 years, applicants, enrollment, and graduates have increased significantly:


  • Number of applicants to osteopathic medical colleges in 2017-18: 20,836
  • Number of applicants to osteopathic medical colleges in 2007-08: 11,231

First-year Enrollment

  • 2017-18 first-year enrollment: 8,088
  • 2007-08 first-year enrollment: 4,528

Total Enrollment

  • 2017-18 total enrollment: 28,981
  • 2007-08 total enrollment: 15,634

Total Graduates

  • 2016-17 total graduates: 6,015
  • 2006-07 total graduates: 3,000

Learn More

For additional data on these and other osteopathic medical education topics please visit AACOM Reports or contact research@aacom.org.

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