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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. 
  • 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. 


Cameron University

Mike Husak, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Agriculture, Biology and Health Sciences



East Central University

Dr. Michael Bay
Chair, Biology Pre-Health Advisor



Langston University

Dr. Byron Quinn
Chair, Biology
(405) 466-3607



Dr. Christianna Howard 
Assistant Professor


Mid-America Christian University
Harold Kihega, Ph.D.
Chair, Biology Department 
(405) 692-3143



Northeastern State University

Dr. Hector Gonzalez
Executive Director, Pre-Health Advisor



Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Dr. Jennifer SattlerChair, Department of Natural 580-327-8568



Oklahoma State University

Jessica Bullock
Director, Pre-Professional Academic Support Services

Visit Pre-Professional Academic Support Services for more information


Course Sequence Examples:

B.S. Biochemistry
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. AppedduAssociate Professor of 




University of Central Oklahoma

Dr. Caroline Bentley
Professor, Pre-Health Advisor



Student Testimonials

Haley Riley

haleyOSU Undergrad

““As an undergraduate, I was able to focus my time and efforts into school and explore interests that I felt passionate about without worrying about whether or not it would be enough for me to get into medical school. It has also offered me an immense amount of reassurance. I was given such a wonderful opportunity that was very motivating. OSU-COM has provided a place for me to grow in many aspects of my life that would never have been possible at another medical school. The faculty and my friends have made this journey a million times easier to be successful.””

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