Graduate Professional Degree - Professional Program in Osteopathic Medicine

Professional Program in Osteopathic Medicine
Program Code:
OSTEOME_DO Osteopathic Medicine
Program Level:
Award Type:
Osteopathic Medicine
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine Dean

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional Program in Osteopathic Medicine

The College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University (MSUCOM) offers a professional graduate program leading to the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). The program is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

The D.O. program is organized to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors consistent with the competent practice of osteopathic medicine.  The four-year program is divided into preclerkship and clerkship phases.  In the preclerkship phase, the foundational biomedical sciences and clinical disciplines are presented through an integrated curriculum.  Students are introduced to clinical skills, including professional development, data gathering, physical examination, diagnostic reasoning, and osteopathic principles and their application to patient care.  Early clinical experiences and patient encounters are interwoven to promote connections.  The clerkship phase provides immersive training across core clinical disciplines in the MSUCOM Statewide Campus System, as well as options for elective rotations throughout Michigan and elsewhere.  Throughout the program, there is longitudinal integration of the osteopathic core competencies, including development of professionalism and communication skills for interprofessional patient care; strategies for self-directed, lifelong learning; and application of principles of research and scholarly inquiry.


The science and practice of osteopathic medicine require an understanding of the relationships among the physical, biological, psychological, cultural, and environmental aspects of human behavior. Thus osteopathic education requires preparation in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences and the humanities. Candidates are expected to demonstrate their ability to work and think independently and in a scholarly manner. The mean grade-point average of students who are admitted to the program is 3.5 to 3.6.

Applicants for admission to the first–year class in the college must meet the following minimum requirements:
  1. Completion of at least 90 semester credits in a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting commission of higher education.
  2. Completion of 8 semester credits of biology with no grade below 2.0, including both course work and laboratory work in general biology or general zoology.
  3. Completion of 16 semester credits of chemistry, including three semester credits of biochemistry, with no grade below 2.0.
  4. Completion of 6 semester credits of English—including both oral and written English, with no grade below 2.0.
  5. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) must be taken by the end of September of the year application is being made. Scores cannot be more than 3 years old.
  6. Suggested science course electives include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, histology, and statistics at the 300- and 400-level.
  7. Suggested medical humanities and ethics electives include course work in philosophy, history of medicine and medical ethics. 
An application must be completed and all official transcripts submitted to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). It is highly recommended that the application be submitted no later than June 1 of the application year for students who wish to begin classes the following spring. The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine forwards to all applicants a secondary application. Early application is essential because the college admits its students on a rolling basis. Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine classes begin in June. Most Admissions Committee reviews are conducted between September and March. Selection of students for the class and for the waiting list is generally completed by early April.

Requirements for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree

The standard duration of the D.O. degree program is four years. A student may be granted up to six years to complete all degree requirements, as defined in the MSUCOM Policy for Retention, Promotion, and Graduation.  Specific program requirements leading to conferral of the D.O. degree include:
  1. Completion of each required course in the preclerkship and clerkship phase with a passing grade or successful remediation.
  2. Passing score on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) COMLEX-USA Level 1, COMLEX-USA Level 2 Cognitive Evaluation (CE), and COMLEX-USA Level 2 Performance Evaluation (PE) licensure examinations, with no more than three (3) attempts permitted on each examination.
  3. Compliance with annual training requirements of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program.
  4. Achievement of the academic requirements and professional conduct expectations of the D.O. program as outlined in the policies and procedures of MSUCOM and MSU.
Preclerkship Curriculum

The preclerkship curriculum consists of 100 required credit hours across seven semesters, representing years one and two of the four-year program.  The courses are offered in a predefined sequence. Successful completion of each course in a semester is required to advance to the following semester. The following courses are required:
ANTR 510 Clinical Human Gross Anatomy and Palpatory Skills 8
BMB 516 Metabolic Biochemistry: Nutrients and Products 1
BMB 528 Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics 2
FCM 640 Principles of Family Medicine I 1
FCM 650 Principles of Family Medicine II 1
MMG 531 Medical Immunology 2
MMG 532 Medical Microbiology 2
OMM 511 Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine I 1
OMM 512 Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine II 1
OMM 513 Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine III 1
OMM 514 Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine IV 1
OMM 515 Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine V 1
OST 551 Osteopathic Patient Care I 2
OST 552 Osteopathic Patient Care II 2
OST 553 Osteopathic Patient Care III 3
OST 554 Osteopathic Patient Care IV 3
OST 555 Osteopathic Patient Care V 3
OST 556 Pediatrics I 1
OST 557 Pediatrics II 1
OST 558 Pediatrics III 1
OST 559 Pediatrics IV 1
OST 571 Neuromusculoskeletal System 10
OST 572 Genitourinary System 3
OST 573 Endocrine System 3
OST 574 Female Reproductive System 3
OST 575 Gastrointestinal System 6
OST 576 Integumentary System 2
OST 577 Psychopathology 2
OST 578 Hematopoietic System 2
OST 579 Cardiovascular System 9
OST 580 Respiratory System 7
OST 582 Transitions I – Board Preparation 6
OST 583 Geriatrics 1
OST 598 Evidence-Based Health Science 1
PHM 564 Basic Principles of Medical Pharmacology 2
PSL 539 Principles of Cell Biology and Pathophysiology 4

Clerkship Curriculum

The clerkship curriculum consists of 133 required credit hours in years three and four of the four-year program.  Students may advance to clinical rotations after successful completion of the COMLEX-USA Level 1 examination.  During the clerkship curriculum, students will complete 77 credits, among six semesters, of required clinical clerkship core rotation courses and an additional 56 credits, among six semesters, to be selected from available required clinical clerkship elective rotation courses.  Core rotation courses are scheduled by the COM Clerkship Office and Base Hospital training site and may occur in different sequences.  Most core rotation courses are completed during year three. Two required longitudinal courses span each of the third and fourth year.
Required Clinical Clerkship Core Rotation Courses:
FCM 620 Core Family Medicine Clerkship 6
FCM 622 Core Family Medicine Sub-Internship 6
IM 658 Core Internal Medicine Outpatient Clerkship 6
IM 650 Core Internal Medicine In-Patient Clerkship 6
IM 657 Core Emergency Medicine Clerkship 6
IM 658 Core Internal Medicine Out-Patient 6
FCM 622 Core Family Medicine Sub-Internship 6
IM 660 Core Internal Medicine Sub-Internship 6
NOP 656 Core Neurology Clerkship 6
OMM 602 Osteopathic Principles and Practice Clerkship 2
OSS 651 Core Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship 6
OSS 653 Core Surgery Clerkship 6
OST 602 Primary Care Ambulatory 5
OST 603 Core Clinical Concepts 9
OST 604 Essential Clinical Skills for Senior Medical Students 1
PED 600 Core Pediatrics Clerkship 6
PSC 608 Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Clerkship 6
Required clinical elective clerkship rotation courses:  the student must complete 56 credits (or 40 weeks) of additional clinical elective clerkship rotation courses; 18 credits (12 weeks) must be chosen from the medicine category and 12 credits (8 weeks) must be chosen from the surgery category.  The additional 10 weeks can be chosen from either the medicine or surgery category. 
A complete list of required clinical clerkship elective rotation courses includes:
ANTR 685 Directed Study in Clinical Prosection 1 to 6
FCM 621 Family Medicine Specialty Rotation 1 to 24
HM 610 Pathology Clerkship 3 to 6
IM 621 Clinical Tropical Medicine Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 651 Cardiology Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 652 Gastroenterology Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 653 Oncology and Hematology Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 654 Pulmonary Disease Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 655 Nephrology Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 659 Medical Critical Care Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 661 Internal Medicine Specialty Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 662 Urgent Care Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 663 Emergency Medicine/Wilderness/Austere Medicine Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 664 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 665 Emergency Medicine Advanced Clerkship 1 to 20
IM 666 Emergency Medicine Toxicology 3 to 18
IM 667 Emergency Medicine Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Management 3 to 18
IM 668 Emergency Medicine EMS and Disaster Management 3 to 18
IM 669 Emergency Medicine Ultrasound 3 to 18
NOP 657 Neurology Specialty Clerkship 1 to 24
OMM 601 Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clerkship 1 to 20
OST 615 Biomedical Research Clerkship 3 to 18
OST 622 Addiction Medicine 3
OST 623 Board Preparation 1 to 6
OST 624 Essentials in Diabetes 3
OST 685 International Clerkship Rotations 1 to 20
OST 686 Global Health: Mexico – Clinical Immersion 1 to 20
OST 687 Global Health: Peru – Clinical Immersion 1 to 20
OST 688 Global Health: Cuba – Clinical Immersion 1 to 20
OST 689 Global Health: Haiti – Clinical Immersion 1 to 20
OST 690 Global Health: Dominican Republic - Clinical Immersion 1 to 20
PED 601 Pediatric Specialty Clerkship 3 to 24
PMR 601 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship 1 to 18
PSC 609 Adult Psychiatry Clerkship 3 to 6
PSC 610 Child Psychiatry Clerkship 3 to 6
PSC 611 Addiction Psychiatry Clerkship 3 to 6
PSC 612 Geriatric Psychiatry Clerkship 3 to 6
RAD 609 Radiology Clerkship 3 to 12
RAD 610 Core Radiology Clerkship 1 to 20
The following rotation courses are credited toward the surgery requirement:
NOP 620 Ophthalmology Clerkship 1 to 24
OSS 640 Cardio Thoracic/Vascular Surgery Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 641 Facial and Plastic Reconstruction Surgery Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 642 Neurosurgery Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 643 Podiatry Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 644 Sports Medicine Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 645 Urology Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 646 Maternal Fetal Medicine Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 647 Reproductive Endocrine Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 648 Anesthesiology Advanced Clerkship 3 to 30
OSS 652 Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialty Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 654 Core Anesthesiology Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 655 Pain Management Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 656 Orthopedic Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 658 Otorhinolaryngology Clerkship 1 to 20
OSS 663 General Surgery 1 to 20
The number of rotation/course weeks determines the assigned credits.

Transfer Credits

For a student who is pursuing a full-time M.B.A. degree from MSU jointly with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from Michigan State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine, a maximum of 12 credits from the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine may be transferred to the full-time M.B.A. degree program.