Dependent upon individual backgrounds and interests there are numerous ways students can prepare for osteopathic medical school through BGSU’s pre-osteopathic medicine program. Students are expected to have a bachelor’s degree before entering osteopathic medical school.
Most schools require a minimum of English, mathematics and a year each of biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics. Usually in the spring of the junior year, students must also complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This all-day test measures knowledge in physical and biological sciences, reading and problem-solving skills, and also includes writing two short essays. Knowledge of the philosophy of osteopathic medicine is recommended but not absolutely required.
Common academic majors for students in pre-osteopathic medicine include applied health science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and psychology. For those who anticipate a non-science major, it is recommended to include science majors’ chemistry or biology in the first year and perhaps take an appropriate math course.
Basic courses taught in the first two years of osteopathic medical school require a strong foundation of biology and chemistry. Students who have completed more than the minimum background in at least one of those sciences tend to perform better and will probably attain higher scores on the science sections of the MCAT.
Students should also consider pursuing opportunities to observe, volunteer or work in a hospital or nursing home environment. This experience exposes students to those who are ill and helps to determine how students will respond to depressing or stressful situations. Interaction with an osteopathic physician should be sought to explore the philosophy of osteopathic medicine.