What is "Pre-Health"?
At OSU, the term "Pre-Health," "Pre-Med" or "Pre-Vet," regardless of major, refers to a student's intent to explore, validate and take action to grow holistically into a viable professional healthcare candidate. There is not one right or “more impressive” major for students interested in pursuing a professional education in the healthcare field.
Most health related professional programs require specific coursework to be completed at the undergraduate level to set the foundation for more advanced coursework during professional school. Depending on what type(s) of health programs a student is interested in and where they are interested in attending school will impact what types of prerequisite coursework will be required before admission to professional school.
Services and Resources
A variety of services and resources are provided for students who have expressed an interest in exploring their holistic development in a healthcare related field.
We offer both pre-scheduled and walk-in appointments. Pre-scheduled appointments are 45 minutes in length, ideal for in-depth conversations and reviews of personal pre-health paths, while walk-in appointments are much shorter and are more appropriate for a quick question or follow up to a pre-scheduled meeting.
Walk-in hours may vary by month, please check the walk-in schedule for availability.
We offer 6 - 8 week course experiences designed to support students' holistic growth at different phases of pre-professional development. Please refer to the OSU Course Catalog or see our printable flyer for more information about these course offerings.
- UNIV 2511 - Introduction to Health Professions
- UNIV 2611 - Health Portfolio & Self Development
- UNIV 3511 - Health Profession School Preparation
OSU offers qualified students the opportunity to apply for a professional interview and evaluation process, with members of the Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PAC).
While not required to professionally apply, a PAC evaluation and letter is highly recommended for many professional school applications in medicine or dentistry.
OSU-College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) 3 + 1 Program
The OSU-College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) 3+1 Program is a competitive program designed for highly motivated undergraduate students at OSU interested in becoming a primary care physician in rural Oklahoma.
The program allows students to complete requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in 7 years instead of the customary 8 years.
- Students spend their first 3 years of undergraduate studies in pursuit of their bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater.
- In their 4th 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 will be awarded their bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University-Stillwater.
- After their 4th year of medical school, students will receive their doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.
Highly motivated students who have decided to become physicians and who are interested in practicing primary care medicine in rural Oklahoma should apply to the 3+1 Program. To qualify, interested students must meet the following criteria:
- Oklahoma resident
- Full-time student at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater at the time of application
- Desire to practice primary care medicine
- Desire to practice medicine in rural Oklahoma
- 3.5 or better overall GPA
- 3.5 or better science GPA
- Save time, save money! Students in the 3+1 Program save a year by completing 7 instead of 8 years of academic study, which translates into savings of tuition and time.
- Scholarship awards during medical school ranging from $10,000 - $15,000 per student.
- Automatic admission into OSU-COM Rural Medical Track (RMT). Students in the 3+1 Program are required to complete their training in the OSU-COM Rural Medical Track.
- Supportive environment during their Rural Medical Track. 3+1 students benefit from peer-to-peer mentoring and 1-on-1 focused instruction as part of the RMT curriculum.
Qualified candidates should apply for admission into the 3+1 Program during the spring semester of their sophomore year at OSU-Stillwater. Candidates should follow these steps:
- Meet OSU-Stillwater’s 3+1 point of contact, Jessica Priddy Bullock, to review eligibility and requisite admissions requirements.
- Apply for OSU's Pre-Health Advisory Committee interview process during the fall of their sophomore year;
- Complete the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service Application by February 28th of their sophomore year;
- Submit a supplemental application to OSU-COM by March 30th of their sophomore year; and
- Interview with OSU-COM's Admissions Committee during the spring semester of their sophomore year.
Applicants will be notified of their admissions status by May 1st. Applicants will either be granted provisional early acceptance into the 3+1 Program or be advised to re-apply through the regular admissions cycle. Interested students should schedule a meeting with OSU-Stillwater's 3+1 designated representative or with an OSU-COM recruiter as early as possible to learn more about entry into the 3+1 Program.
Students admitted into the 3+1 Program will be offered provisional early acceptance into OSU-COM. In order to maintain their continued acceptance into OSU-COM, 3+1 students must satisfy the following requirements:
- Maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.5
- Maintain a science GPA of at least 3.5
- Score a minimum of 492 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) during their junior year
- Complete all remaining undergraduate coursework required for their approved 3+1 degree plan during their junior year