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

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Rural and Underserved Primary Care Early Admissions Program

Bachelor of Science from ECU's College of Health and Sciences 3+1 Program

Introduction and description of program:

The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) seeks to admit students who desire to become primary care physicians in rural and underserved Oklahoma. The Rural and Underserved Primary Care Early Admissions Program allows students to complete pre-doctoral medical training in seven years.

Utilizing a pre-set pre-medical curriculum for each course for the first three years at ECU and combined with the OSU-COM first year curriculum as their fourth year, students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree from ECU. The students then progress through the second, third and fourth years of the rural and underserved medical track to graduate with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree.

Minimum requirements for Applicants:

  • Resident of the state of Oklahoma
  • Strong desire to practice primary care in rural or underserved Oklahoma
  • Must be an ECU student that is recommended by the ECU-CHS Early Admission Selection Committee for participation in this joint program
  • Must be declared major in one of the approved ECU's 3+1 plans
  • Must have completed at the time of application:
    • BIOL 1314
    • BIOL 2184 OR 3245
    • CHEM 1114
    • CHEM 1214
    • CHEM 3114
    • ENGL 1113
    • ENGL 1213
    • MATH 1513
  • These courses must be completed at ECU (except those earned as concurrent enrollment during high school or AP credits). Note: the student may be concurrently enrolled in CHEM 3114
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 and Science GPA of 3.5
  • Complete 60 hours of course work by the end of the sophomore year
  • Complete an AACOMAS application by February 1 of sophomore year
  • Complete a supplemental application by March 1 of sophomore year
  • Two letters of recommendation: One from an appropriate ECU advisor and one from an osteopathic physician
  • Agree to an interview with the Early Admission Program Selection Committee (Interviews occur during the spring semester of the sophomore year.)
  • Scheduled to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in the spring semester of junior year

Continued Eligibility for Admission to OSU-COM

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5
  • Have a science GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Complete all remaining undergraduate coursework required for their approved 3+1 plan during the junior year.
  • Complete additional evaluative requirements

Continued Eligibility for Progression to second year Osteopathic Medical School Curriculum

  • Awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from ECU

Students meeting the quantitative requirements are granted admission to OSU-COM provided they receive satisfactory scores on the qualitative portion of the admissions process.

Early Admissions Program Selection Committee

  • Review of the applicant’s file
  • Interview
  • Review of the letters of recommendation

Candidates must take the MCAT and have the scores reported to OSU-COM via the MCAT Testing History Exchange site for review by the selection committee.

Students who accept early admission are committed and may not apply to other medical schools. Students who are denied for early admission are encouraged to apply for traditional admission later.

Additional Evaluative Requirements
Assuming admission during the spring semester of the applicant’s sophomore year:

  • Participate in a pass/fail 3-week Early Summer Rural Externship (ESRE) in a selective rotation with an osteopathic physician in rural Oklahoma in the summer between sophomore and junior years
  • Participate in a pass/fail 3-5 day selective primary care* shadowing experience during class breaks in the junior year
  • Participate in activities at OSU sponsored by the Student Osteopathic Rural Medicine Club (StORM)

*Primary Care

  • Family Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contact Information

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lindsey Kirkpatrick, Director of Admissions and Recruitment
918-561-8468
lindsey.kirkpatrick@okstate.edu

Maghin Abernathy, Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
918-561-8277
maghin.abernathy@okstate.edu

East Central University

Dr. Michael Bay, Dept. of Biology
Rm 102, Physical & Environmental Science
580-559-5496
mbay@ecok.edu

ECU Early Admission Program Brochure (PDF download)

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