Med School Early Assurance Program FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
We’re sure you have questions about the ODU-to-OU Med School Early Assurance Program. You’ll find many of the answers you’re looking for below.
- Acceptance into Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) as a senior in high school, providing all criteria are met. OU-HCOM is one of the top osteopathic programs in the country and the only osteopathic medical program in Ohio.
- Option to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in either seven years (3+4 track) or eight years (4+4 track).
- Ability to earn your undergraduate degree from ODU with the option of completing your Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at OU's Columbus campus or its main campus in Athens, Ohio.
- The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®) is waived; the practice MCAT is required. The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice test designed to assess the examinee’s problem-solving ability, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning and Biological Sciences.
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine; D.O. practitioners follow a holistic approach to medicine, treating the whole person rather than just symptoms.
- D.O. and M.D. are the only fully licensed physicians in the United States and are licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery.
- As a D.O., you can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine, such as obstetrics,
surgery, family medicine, psychiatry or pediatrics.
Note: You must pass comparable examinations to obtain state licenses to practice in fully accredited and licensed health care facilities.
- About 60 percent of practicing doctors of osteopathic medicine specialize in primary medicine, such as family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics.
- More information on osteopathy is provided on the American Osteopathic Association's website.
- Med School Early Assurance Program, 3+4 track: The 3+4 track includes three years of study at ODU. Afterward, you will complete your ODU Bachelor of Science degree requirements during your first year of medical school at OU-HCOM, earning your Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in seven years.
- Med School Early Assurance Program, 4+4 track: Within the 4+4 track, you will complete your undergraduate studies at ODU and obtain your Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from OU-HCOM.
- The ODU-to-OU Med School Early Assurance Program is available only to residents of Ohio.
- In accordance with OU-HCOM policy, all applicants must be Ohio residents. They also must be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent visa.
In addition to being accepted by Ohio Dominican University and submitting a separate application to OH-HCOM, to be considered an applicant to the Early Assurance Program at the Heritage College, you must:
- Be an Ohio resident (for questions on residency requirements, click here).
- Graduate from an Ohio high school.
- Earn a minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5+ on a 4.0 unweighted scale.
- Have completed, or be in the process of completing, four units or credits each of high school math, English and science (including biology and chemistry; coursework in physics is strongly encouraged).
- Have the Guidance Counselor Evaluation form submitted and a letter of recommendation from a science teacher who taught you in class for a grade.
- Submit an official high school transcript.
- Submit an essay detailing why you wish to pursue a career in medicine.
- Be invited for a virtual interview with the Heritage College of Medicine that will take place in February or March.
Unfortunately, no. The ODU-to-OU Med School Early Assurance Program is very competitive.
We commend everyone who makes it this far into the process.
However, from the pool of eligible applicants, ODU and OU-HCOM will select 20 to 25 finalists. We will then schedule interviews with these finalists.
We anticipate 10 candidates will be accepted into the program.