3 + 1 Program
The 3+1 Program allows undergraduate students to complete the academic requirements for their bachelor’s degree and their doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in seven years instead of the traditional eight years.
- How Does the 3+1 Program Work?
- Students spend their first three years of undergraduate studies in pursuit of their bachelor’s degree at a partner university.
- In their fourth year, students will matriculate to OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine to start their first year of medical school.
- After successful completion of their first year of medical school, students in the 3+1 Program will be awarded their bachelor’s degree from the partner university.
- After year four of medical school, students in the 3+1 Program will receive their doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.
- 3+1 Program Admissions Checklist
- Attend partner university at the time of application.
- Minimum of a 3.5 cumulative GPA and 3.5 science GPA.
- Meet with the pre-health advisor to discuss program criteria and qualifying degree plans in their freshman or sophomore year.
- Desire to practice in Oklahoma with a preference for applicants who are interested in serving in rural and underserved populations.
- Students must complete 50 hours of health-related experience by the time of application.
- What are the Benefits of the 3+1 Program?
- Save time, save money. Students in the 3+1 Program save a year of study by completing seven instead of eight years of academic study, which translates into savings of tuition and time.
- Students who are recipients of the Oklahoma Promise scholarship can use any remaining eligibility of 129 credit hours or five years, whichever comes first. This can be used toward their first year of medical school at $179.50 a credit hour.
- Be considered for medical school admission among a smaller pool of applicants.
- Receive a guaranteed interview if you meet program criteria.
- Qualify for scholarship opportunities if you select the Rural Medical Track or Tribal Nations Medical Track.
- How Does the 3+1 Program Admissions Process Work?
Qualified applicants should apply for admission into the 3+1 Program during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Applicants should follow the recommended steps:
- Meet partner university requisite admissions criteria (see table).
- Complete the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service Application (AACOMAS) by February 28.
- Submit your OSU-COM supplemental application by March 30. The supplemental application will be emailed to you after your AACOMAS application has been verified.
- Interview with the Admissions Committee during the spring semester of their sophomore year.
- Provisional Early Acceptance into OSU-COM
After the interview, applicants will either be granted provisional early acceptance into the 3+1 Program or they will be advised to re-apply through the traditional admissions cycle. In order to maintain their continued acceptance to OSU-COM, 3+1 students must satisfy the following requirements:
- Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA and 3.5 science GPA.
- Submit a qualifying score of at least a 492 on the MCAT by April of their junior year.
- Complete all remaining undergraduate coursework required for the approved 3+1 degree plan during their junior year.
- Partner University Contacts and Degree Plans
OSU-COM offers the 3+1 Program at the following partner universities in Oklahoma. Requirements for each university can be found below. Criteria may change from time to time as determined by the partner university.
Mike Husak, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Agriculture, Biology and Health Sciences
East Central University
Alisha Howard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
Chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Byron Quinn
Dr. Christianna Howard
Mid-America Christian University
Harold Kihega, Ph.D.
Chair, Biology Department
Northeastern State University
Dr. Hector Gonzalez
Executive Director, Pre-Health Advisor
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Dr. Jennifer Sattler
Chair, Department of Natural Sciences
Oklahoma State University
Director, Pre-Professional Academic Support Services
Visit Pre-Professional Academic Support Services for more information
Course Sequence Examples:
B.S. Biology: Pre-Medical Sciences
BSAG: Entomology: Pre-Veterinary and Pre-Medical
B.S. Microbiology/Cell & Molecular Biology: Pre-Medical Professional
BSAG: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology: Pre-Medical or Pre-Veterinary Science
BSHS: Nutritional Sciences: Human Nutrition/Pre-Medical Sciences
B.S. Physiology: Pre-Medical Sciences
BSAG: Animal Science: Pre-Veterinary Animal Sciences
B.S. Zoology: Pre-Medical Sciences
BSAG: Agribusiness: Pre-Veterinary Business Management
Rogers State University
Dr. Jerry Bowen
Department Head, Biology and Pre-Health Advisor
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Dr. Diane Dixon
Chair/Professor, Biological Sciences
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Lisa A. Appeddu
Associate Professor of Physiology
University of Central Oklahoma
Dr. Caroline Bentley
Professor, Pre-Health Advisor
“The 3+1 program is such a wonderful opportunity for Oklahoma students passionate about pursuing a career in medicine. Being accepted into the program made the admissions process much less stressful and allowed me to make the most of my undergraduate experience. It is terrifying to apply to medical school as a college sophomore, but the experience pushed me outside of my comfort zone and challenged me to reflect upon myself. The admissions team was so accommodating and helpful! I am so grateful for the chance to jumpstart my medical career.” - Michelle Nguyen, OSU Undergrad