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DO/MS in Health Care Administration

After graduating from a residency program, physicians often become employed within an integrated health system. The complexities of these large health systems can make the initial employment experience challenging. New physicians are expected to practice medicine while adjusting to the business intricacies of their employer. With a greater understanding of the issues facing integrated health care delivery organizations, physicians will view themselves as more effective and better able to make a greater contribution to the success of the entity. 


Medical students pursuing the DO/HCA option take health care administration coursework during a one-year period prior to the beginning of the medical school experience. Students receive instruction at the School of Health Care Administration.


Students have two summer semesters, one fall semester and one spring semester to complete the 24 credit hours of health care administration coursework. Additionally, students are granted nine credit hours of graduate credit for their medical school courses totaling 33 credit hours to earn a MS in Health Care Adminstration.

 HCA Course Sequence - One Year
Summer 1 Fall 1  Spring 1 Summer 2
HCA 5163: Health Care Accounting and Auditing HCA 5013: Survey of Health Care Administration HCA 5083: Financial Structures of Health Care Organizations HCA 5023: Human Resources in Public Administration
  HCA 5093: Leadership Methods in Health Care HCA 5123: Research and Evaluation Methods  
  HCA 5033: Legal Issues in Health Care HCA 5063 : Health Care Compliance  

Application Process 

Students wishing to receive deferred admission to the medical school and complete their HCA coursework prior to the first year of medical school should indicate their interest in the DO/HCA degree on the OSU secondary application for medical school. Only students who successfully complete an on-campus interview for the DO program will be considered for this track.


Application Materials 

Applicants submit their application online through the OSU Graduate College


Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the educational background of the applicant. Letters of recommendation submitted to the DO program can be forwarded to the School of Health Care  Administration, if requested.


Submit a personal statement that addresses that addresses the applicant’s desire to pursue the DO/HCA degree program.    


In addition to submitting the graduate application materials listed above, dual degree students must apply separately to the DO program. Consult the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine admissions page for a complete list of application materials and procedures. Dual degree students may substitute the MCAT for the GRE exam. The deadline for submitting all secondary application materials is March 1.

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