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Graduation Requirements

From the date of matriculation, a D.O. student shall be granted no more than six calendar years to complete the requirements for graduation. D.O./Ph.D. and D.O./M.S. students shall be granted no more than nine and seven calendar years, respectively, to complete all requirements. Requests for additional time must be approved by the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A student who has satisfactorily completed all academic requirements and who has been recommended by the College faculty may be awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, provided the student has:


  1. No un-remediated "D" or "F" grades and no grades of "I;"
  2. Passed all clerkship rotations;
  3. Passed the 8-station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which is a summative assessment of clinical skills to determine a student's readiness for graduation and residency training;
  4. Complied with all legal and financial requirements of OSU-COM;
  5. Exhibited the ethical, professional, behavioral, and personal characteristics necessary for the practice of osteopathic medicine;
  6. Demonstrated acceptable competence in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of an osteopathic physician;
  7. Passed COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2-CE;
  8. Been recommended for graduation by the appropriate OSU-COM bodies;
  9. Attended the commencement ceremony (only in unusual circumstances, and with prior approval of the Dean or designee, will a degree be awarded in absentia); and
  10. Met the graduation requirements listed in the Catalog.
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