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.
Applications for 2019 have now closed OSU PAC 2019 application.
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. This program allows students to complete both a bachelor's degree and doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in 7 years.
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.
- 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 and can take advantage of unique learning opportunities including early clinical experiences and research projects available only to RMT students.
- 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. 3+1 students can also participate in the Student Osteopathic Rural Medical Club (StORM) where they can meet medical students who share similar rural values and passions.
Highly motivated Oklahoma State University-Stillwater 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
- Desire to practice primary care medicine*
- Desire to practice medicine in rural or underserved Oklahoma
- Be enrolled in an approved OSU-COM 3+1 major at OSU-Stillwater and meet all eligibility requirements (see additional details below)
*Primary care specialties include: Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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 (OSU-COM 3+1 program) point of contact, Jessica Priddy Bullock, to review eligibility and requisite admissions requirements after your acceptance as a freshman to OSU-Stillwater.
- Apply for OSU's Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PAC) application and interview process during the fall of their sophomore year;
- Submit two letters of recommendation: one letter from the OSU Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PAC) and one letter from a physician (D.O. preferred);
- Complete the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service Application (AACOMAS) by February 28th of their sophomore year;
- Submit a supplemental/secondary 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 OSU-COM 3+1 program admissions status by OSU-COM by May 1st. Applicants will either be granted provisional early acceptance into the 3+1 program or be advised to re-apply during the appropriate application cycle as a traditional applicant.
To qualify, interested students must meet all of the following criteria:
- 3.5 or better overall grade point average (GPA) at the time of application
- 3.5 or better science GPA at the time of application
- Complete 45 or more credit hours towards an approved OSU-COM 3+1 major at OSU-Stillwater at the time of application to OSU-COM 3+1 program
Required Coursework Eligibility:
Complete the following courses by the end of spring semester of sophomore year;
- English, 2 semesters - ENGL 1113 & ENGL 1213
- Biology, 2 semesters (including laboratory) - BIOL 1114 & BIOL 1604
- General Chemistry, 2 semesters - CHEM 1314 & CHEM 1515
- Physics, 2 semesters - PHYS 1114 & PHYS 1214 (highly recommended completion by end of spring sophomore year, but must be completed prior to matriculation to OSU-COM)
OSU-COM 3+1 Program Eligible Majors at OSU-Stillwater (College Alphabetical Order):
College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
- BSAG Argibusiness: Pre-Veterinary Business Management
- BSAG Animal Science: Pre-Veterinary Animal Science
- BSAG Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Pre-Medical or Pre-Veterinary Science
- BSAG Entomology: Pre-Med or Pre-Vet
College of Arts & Sciences
- B.S. Biochemistry
- B.S. Biology: Pre-Medical Sciences
- B.S. Microbiology/Cell and Molecular Biology: Pre Medical Professional
- B.S. Physiology: Pre-Medical Sciences
- B.S. Zoology: Pre-Medical Sciences
College of Human Sciences
- BSHS Nutritional Sciences: Human Nutrition/Pre-Medical Sciences
Once Accepted: OSU-COM 3+1 Program - Provisional Early Acceptance OSU-College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)
Students admitted into the OSU-COM 3+1 Program will be offered provisional early acceptance into OSU-COM by May 1 of their sophomore year. In order to maintain their continued acceptance into OSU-COM, 3+1 students must satisfy the following requirements:
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or better (confirmed at the time of matriculation to OSU-COM)
- Maintain a science GPA of 3.5 or better (confirmed at the time of matriculation to OSU-COM)
- Score a minimum of 492 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) during their junior year (MCAT in the spring of your junior year recommended)
- Be in good standing (overall) with the university
- Complete all remaining undergraduate coursework required for their approved 3+1 degree plan by the end of your junior year:
- Organic Chemistry, 2 semesters - CHEM 3053, CHEM 3153, CHEM 3112
- At least one upper-division (3000-4000) level science course (although 3-5 are preferred), including but not limited to:
- Human Anatomy or Comparative Anatomy;
- Molecular Biology;
- Cellular Biology;
- Embryology; or
- All mathematics courses required for the OSU undergraduate degree.
Note: ALL OSU-Stillwater general education coursework must be completed prior to matriculation to OSU-COM. Please see the suggested course sequence examples above to assist eligible 3+1 candidates.
I am a Junior/Senior High School Student in Oklahoma and interested in the OSU-COM 3+1 program. What should I do to prepare before I start college at OSU-Stillwater?
The OSU-COM 3+1 program is a very rigorous program, designed for high-achieving Oklahoma students who desire to serve as a physician one day. The OSU-COM 3+1 program allows college-level coursework to be earned prior to fall, freshman entry to OSU-Stillwater while a high school student, through:
- AP credit awarded at the college-level
- Concurrent enrollment courses
- Courses taken just after high school graduation; the summer before your fall, freshman entry to OSU-Stillwater
We suggest taking rigorous biology and chemistry (for science majors-level), math and other general core courses (english, history, foreign language, etc.) to help with your overall holistic preparation. Note: all grades from college-level courses will be counted towards the GPA requirements for the OSU-COM 3+1 program and towards your GPA as a future OSU-Stillwater student. Please take these academic courses seriously.