Pre-Osteopathic Medicine

Pre-Osteopathic Medicine

Offered by Health Science Programs

A minimum of 90 semester credit hours is required for admission at most osteopathic medical schools. However, students pursuing a pre-osteopathic medicine curriculum are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the pre-osteopathic medicine program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK general studies requirements and other degree requirements as set forth in the college catalog. Medical schools do not specify which major a student should pursue in conjunction with his/her pre-osteopathic medicine studies. Gaining acceptance into a medical school is a very competitive process. Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission. Admission to  an osteopathic medical school is based on scholastic record, MCAT scores, personal recommendations, interview with members of the admissions committee, shadowing, and other extra-curricular activities.

The following requirements are based on the admission requirements of the osteopathic medical schools. Students should check with those specific schools to which they intend to apply for additional requirements. Students should be aware of prerequisites on all courses, plan their coursework accordingly, and see their advisor for course planning.

Select 8 credit hours from the following:8
General Biology
Biology I
Biology II
Human Microbiology
Select no more than 1 of the following options:
Human Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology
Take all of the following:
BIOL 360Genetics4
CHEM 160
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 161
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 351Biochemistry I4
CHEM 360
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 361
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
ENG 101Introduction to Academic Writing3
ENG 102Special Topics in Academic Writing and Research3
PHYS 205
General Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 206
General Physics II
and Physics Laboratory II
Select 1 of the following:3-5
Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
Applied Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Humanities and Social Sciences 112-16
Recommended electives to assist in preparing for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT):
General Psychology
Health Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Psychology
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
The MCAT is required for admission and should be taken once all required courses have been completed. See advisor for more information.
Total Credit Hours65-71

Except courses numbered 188 or 388.

Other courses in English literature, foreign language, psychology, philosophy, political science, economics, sociology, fine arts courses, and upper division biology and chemistry are recommended. See advisor for suggestions.