Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree program is focused on improving the physician workforce in the Eastern region of Texas. The Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) emphasizes primary care and other needed specialties to develop culturally aware and compassionate physicians who follow the principles of osteopathic medicine.
The D.O. program follows a vertically and horizontally integrated, biomedical sciences and clinical, systems-based curriculum. The program utilizes multiple teaching modalities such as lecture, small group, case-based learning, clinical practice, simulation, and active learning to promote deep and complete mastery of the concepts. Research, ethics, statistics, and osteopathic principles and practices are embedded within all realms of clinical and pre-clinical education. The clinical years are spent in community-based settings at community hospitals, rural and critical access hospitals, and clinics that provide care to underserved populations, including community mental health services and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Providing educational experiences in these facilities demonstrate the importance of caring for Texas populations in need of physicians. Students complete this program as lifelong learners prepared with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in residency and practice.
Applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program must complete the following steps.
- Complete the Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) online application (primary application) by 5:00 p.m. CST, Oct. 1st .
- Submit the following to TMDSAS to complete the application file:
- Application Fee – non-refundable fee of $185.00 required to begin processing.
- Official Transcripts - not required at time of submission, due by Oct. 15th.
- Letters of Evaluation and/or Health Professions Evaluations (HPE)
- Official MCAT Score Report
- Spring grades of application year (or Winter of application year, if on quarter system)
- Complete the Sam Houston State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) online Supplemental Application and non-refundable application fee of $75.00 by 5:00 p.m. CST, Nov. 15th.
- Applicants will receive an email invitation from SHSU-COM to complete the supplemental application after their completed primary application has been received from TMDSAS. The supplemental application and fee are required for consideration.
Note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The D.O. Program seeks promising students from all backgrounds and is focused on recruiting qualified applicants from areas to which they would likely want to return and establish their practice.
Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. College or University accredited by a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized accrediting body. (Some courses may be in progress, but must be completed prior to enrollment.)
- Complete the following courses with no grade below "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale):
- English, 6 credit hours
- Biology, including laboratory; 8 credit hours
- Physics, including laboratory; 8 credit hours
- General Chemistry, including laboratory; 8 credit hours
- Organic Chemistry, including laboratory; 8 credit hours
- Biochemistry can be substituted for Organic Chemistry II
- Mathematics, 6 credit hours; 3 hours must be Statistics
- Meet minimum technical skills and abilities.
- Pass a criminal background check prior to enrollment.
|Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine|
|Pre-Clerkship (Years I and 2)|
|ANAT 7801||Clinical Anatomy||8|
|CMED 7304||Clinical Medicine 4||3|
|CMED 7402||Clinical Medicine 2||4|
|CMED 7403||Clinical Medicine 3||4|
|CMED 7201||Clinical Medicine 1||2|
|MEDS 7320||Systems Integration||3|
|MEDS 7404 (Pending Fall 2023)||4|
|MEDS 7405||Hematopoietic System||4|
|MEDS 7504||Skin & Skeletal Muscle||5|
|MEDS 7508 (Pending Fall 2023)||5|
|MEDS 7607||GI System & Nutrition||6|
|MEDS 7803 (Pending Fall 2023)||8|
|MEDS 7802 (Pending Fall 2023)||8|
|OSTM 7301||Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 1||3|
|MEDS 7806 (Pending Fall 2023)||8|
|OSTM 7302||Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 2||3|
|OSTM 7303||Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 3||3|
|OSTM 7304||Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 4||3|
|REBM 7301||Research and Evidence-Based Medicine||3|
|SFOM 7801||Scientific Foundations||8|
|Clerkship (Clinical Years 3 and 4)|
|CLIN 7401||General Surgery Clerkship||4|
|CLIN 7402||Adult Inpatient Med Clerkship (2 Blocks)||8|
|CLIN 7403||Emergency Medicine Clerkship||4|
|CLIN 7404||Psychiatry Clerkship||4|
|CLIN 7405||Family Medicine Clerkship||4|
|CLIN 7406||Pediatrics Clerkship||4|
|CLIN 7407||Women's Health Clerkship (2 Blocks)||8|
|CLIN 7408||Rural & Underserved Medicine Clerkship||4|
|CLIN 7410||Elective Clinical Clerkship (8 Blocks)||32|
|CLIN 7414||Medicine Selective Clerkship (2 Blocks)||8|
|CLIN 7415||Surgery Selective Clerkship (2 Blocks)||8|
|MEDS 7318||Clinical Clerkship Preparation||3|
|OSTM 7233||3rd and 4th Year Longitudinal OMM Clerkship||6|