Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Curriculum by Year

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

The curriculum at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine places significant focus on primary care. The four-year program emphasizes the integration of biomedical sciences with clinical systems. The curriculum includes early hands-on clinical experiences with patients, patient models, and simulations. Instructional methods are student-centered and include traditional lecture, small group and team-based learning. Problem-solving and information retrieval skills are emphasized to produce and develop skills that support lifelong learning.

The culture of OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine encourages students to establish an academic relationship with faculty members and communitybased physicians. The curriculum emphasizes integration of biomedical with clinical and behavioral sciences to permit the full comprehension of the clinician’s work and promote a holistic approach to the care of patients and their families. Students receive training in all areas of medicine, with additional emphasis on osteopathic manipulative medicine.

The first semester focuses on the foundations of biomedical and clinical sciences along with an introduction to patient care. Starting in the second semester and continuing through the end of the second year, students are introduced to a total of 11 clinical systems that systematically prepares students for addressing conditions typically seen in the primary care environment.

First Year

Fall Semester (Credit Hours)

  • Developing the Physician (4)
  • Clinical Medicine Foundations (2)
  • Biomedical Foundations (10)
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell and
      Developmental Anatomy
    • Cell and Tissue Biology
    • Immunology
    • Microbiology
    • Pharmacology
  • Osteopathic Manual Medicine I (2)
  • Clinical Anatomy (8)

Spring Semester (Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to the Patient (4)
  • Clinical Skills I (3)
  • Systems (13)
    • Nervous
    • Psychiatry
    • Cardiovascular
  • Osteopathic Manual Medicine II (2)
  • Focus Courses (4)
    • Lab Medicine
    • Evidence Based Medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • Health Behavioral Change


Second Year

Fall Semester (Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to the Patient (4)
  • Clinical Skills II (2)
  • Systems (12)
    • Respiratory
    • Renal
    • GI/Hepatic
    • Endocrine
  • Osteopathic Manual Medicine III (2)
  • Focus Courses (4)
    • HIV/Infectious Disease
    • Prevention
    • Rural Health
    • Pediatrics

Spring Semester (Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to the Patient (4)
  • Clinical Skills III (2)
  • Systems (11)
    • Hematology
    • Reproductive
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Integumentary
  • Osteopathic Manual Medicine IV (2)
  • Focus Courses (4)
    • Clinical Nutrition
    • Obesity
    • Elective
    • Elective

The third and fourth years are comprised of clinical rotations, which are community based, consisting of clerkship experiences in hospitals and clinics where students observe patient care and participate in the evaluation and treatment of patients under physician faculty supervision. Required rotations include surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine and emergency medicine. Many rotations are completed at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa, the country’s largest osteopathic hospital, as well as INTEGRIS Southwest Hospital in Oklahoma City. Students will also complete rotations in communities throughout Oklahoma, including two months on a Community Hospital Rotation and one month on both a Community and Rural Clinic Rotation. Students may also fulfill requirements at various medical institutions across the country. Students graduate from the four-year program with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. Although each year around 60 percent of graduates enter primary care, graduates are prepared to enter residencies in all medical specialty fields. This training period lasts a minimum of three years with several specialties requiring up to five years of postgraduate education. To see a full list of the residency programs our recent graduates have entered and residency acceptance data, along with OSU-COM’s pass rate on the COMLEX, please visit: www.healthsciences.okstate.edu/com/admissions/graduates.php

Third and Fourth Year


  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • OB/GYN
  • Surgery
  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • OMM
  • Rural Clinic
  • Community Clinic
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Community Hospital I
  • Community Hospital II
  • 8 Electives
  • 4 Didactic Weeks
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