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Preparing for Medical School

It is never too early to start preparing for medical school. Below you will find a list of milestones and information to assist you with your journey to medical school. 


Current OSU undergraduate students can find additional resources at the Pre-Professional Academic Support Services website.

Freshman Year

  • Meet with the pre-med advisor at undergraduate college
  • Review OSU-COM viewbook for overview of OSU-CHS admissions policies and procedures
  • Explore 3+1 program to determine interest, eligibility and requirements (if offered at your university)
  • Take English and biology or chemistry
  • Explore the Rural Medical Track, Global Health Track and Tribal Medicine Track to learn more and determine interest

Freshman to Junior Year

  • Contact our recruitment team to introduce yourself, schedule a tour, or coordinate shadowing opportunities.
  • Complete all prerequisites
  • Target a 3.5 overall GPA and 3.5 science GPA to be competitive
  • Engage in health career exploration, including shadowing and employment
  • Develop a relationship with a D.O. physician who can write a letter of recommendation
  • Engage in service activities to develop social skills and leadership
  • Participate in recruitment events
  • Take the MCAT during the spring of your junior year
  • If applicable, meet with our pre-health advisor to schedule meeting with pre-health committee
  • Explore the Guaranteed Interview Program to determine eligibility and requirements

Senior Year

  • Contact our admissions team to develop a relationship and seek guidance on being as competitive as possible
  • Explore the bridge program to learn about the program and determine eligibility
  • Attend a pre-admission workshop to learn how to navigate the admissions process
  • Prepare American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) application
  • Prepare secondary application for OSU-COM
  • Submit letters of recommendation
  • If invited, participate in an on-campus interview
  • Contact Financial Aid for guidance on applying for scholarships and financial aid
  • Did you check Guaranteed Interview Program? (if offered at your university)
  • Take the CASPer test
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