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

As part of Oklahoma State University’s land grant mission, the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has had a strong and deep connection with the people of rural Oklahoma. OSU-COM was founded in 1972 with the mission of training primary care physicians for rural and underserved Oklahoma. It’s a mission we take very seriously. OSU-trained doctors live and work in every county in Oklahoma, taking care of generations of rural families. Carrying out our rural-focused mission is more important than ever as rural communities throughout our great state face a primary care physician shortage. The 3+1 Program was launched in 2012 to address the primary care physician shortage in rural Oklahoma.

How Does the 3+1 Program Work?

The 3+1 Program is a competitive program designed for highly motivated undergraduate students who have decided to become physicians, who are interested in practicing primary care medicine in rural Oklahoma, and who would like to accomplish this goal in a shorter amount of time than required in a traditional program. It 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 in the 3+1 Program will spend their first 3 years of undergraduate studies in pursuit of their bachelor’s degree at a partner university. In their 4th year, students in the 3+1 Program will matriculate to OSU-COM to start their first year of medical school. Course credits earned during the first year of medical school at OSU-COM will be used to satisfy any remaining course requirements needed to complete a bachelor’s degree at a partner university. After successful completion of their first year of medical school, students in the 3+1 Program will be awarded their bachelor’s degree from the partner university. After year 4 of medical school, students in the 3+1 Program will receive their doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.

What Are the Benefits to the 3+1 Program?

There are many economic, social and academic benefits to completing the 3+1 Program at OSU-COM.

  1. Save time, save money. The 3+1 Program puts students on a fast track to becoming a rural doctor. Students in the 3+1 Program save a year of study by completing 7 instead of 8 years of academic study, which translates into savings of tuition and time.
  2. Scholarship awards. OSU-COM offers scholarship awards to 3+1 students. Awards range from $10,000 - $15,000 per student.
  3. Automatic admission into OSU-COM Rural Medical Track. Students in the 3+1 Program are required to complete their training in the OSU-COM Rural Medical Track (RMT). RMT students can take advantage of unique learning opportunities such as early clinical experiences and research projects made available to only RMT students.
  4. Supportive environment. 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 their desire to advocate for rural medicine.

Who Should Apply to the 3+1 Program?

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 a partner university at the time of application;
  • Desire to practice primary care medicine*;
  • Desire to practice medicine in rural Oklahoma;
  • 3.6 or better overall grade point average (GPA); and
  • 3.5 or better science GPA.

*Primary care specialties include Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

How Does the 3+1 Program Admissions Process Work?

Qualified candidates should apply for admission into the 3+1 Program during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Candidates should follow the recommended steps:

  1. Meet partner university requisite admissions criteria (see table)
  2. Complete the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service Application by February 28th of their sophomore year;
  3. Submit a supplemental application to OSU-COM by March 30th of their sophomore year; and
  4. Interview with the 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 their college advisor or with an OSU-COM recruiter as early as possible to learn more about entry into the 3+1 Program.

Provisional Early Acceptance into OSU-COM

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 3.6;
  • 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; and
  • Complete all remaining undergraduate coursework required for the approved 3+1 degree plan during their junior year.

Step by Step Checklist

Matriculate to a 3+1 Partner University. Candidates should also meet the following criteria: 1) resident of Oklahoma; 2) strong interest in primary care medicine; 3) and strong interest in practicing medicine in rural Oklahoma
Develop an Academic Plan. Candidates should meet with a college advisor and an OSU-COM recruiter to discuss coursework pre-requisites, approved 3+1 majors, minimum GPA requirements, and number of credit hours earned needed to be eligible for the 3+1 Program
Achieve Academic Success During Freshman Year and Fall Semester of Sophomore Year. Candidates should maintain a 3.6 or better overall GPA and a 3.5 or better science GPA and earn the credit hours in the major required by the partner university to be eligible for the 3+1 Program
Apply to 3+1 Program Spring Semester of Sophomore Year. Candidates who meet all the academic, personal interest and state residency requirements should complete general application and supplemental application to OSUCOM via AACOMAS centralized online application service and will be invited to campus to interview with the OSU-COM Admissions Committee
Receive Admissions Decision by Spring Semester Sophomore Year. Candidates accepted into the 3+1 Program will be granted provisional early acceptance into OSU-COM and will also be notified of any scholarships awarded
Take the MCAT and Maintain Academic Success During Junior Year. 3+1 admitted students must score a minimum of 492 on the MCAT, must maintain a 3.6 or better overall GPA and a 3.5 or better science GPA, and must complete all remaining undergraduate coursework
Matriculate to OSU-COM at the Beginning of Senior Year. 3+1 admitted students forego their senior year by enrolling at OSU-COM. Credit hours earned during their 1st year of medical school will transfer back to the partner university and count towards a bachelor’s degree. Partner university will grant bachelor’s degree once all courses during the 1st year of medical school have been completed successfully.

Partner University Requisite Criteria for Admissions into the 3+1 Program**

OSU-COM offers the 3+1 Program at the following seven partner universities in Oklahoma:

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Requirements:

  • Declared major in Biology (Cell and Molecular concentration);
  • Complete the following courses at the time of application:
    • BIOL 1364; BIOL 1474; BIOL 2154; CHEM 1364; CHEM 1474; CHEM 1471; MATH 1513; PHYS 1115; ENGL 1113; ENGL 1213; UNIV 1001; PS 1113;
  • Complete 49 or more credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree;
  • Provide two letters for recommendation: One from an osteopathic physician and one from a Cameron University advisor.
Degree Plan

Contacts


Dr. Terry Conley, Professor and Chair, Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
Phone: 580-591-8002 or 580-581-4876
tconley@cameron.edu

Dr. Von Underwood, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 580-581-2491 or 580-581-2308
vonu@cameron.edu

Requirements:

  • Declared major in Biology;
  • These courses must be taken at ECU (except for those earned as concurrent enrollment during high school or AP credits). Note: the student may be concurrently enrolled in CHEM 3114.
  • Completed at the time of application the following coursework:
    • BIOL 1314, BIOL 2184 or 3245, CHEM 1114, CHEM 1214, CHEM 3114, ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213, and Math 1213.
  • Recommended by the East Central University College of Health and Sciences selection committee;
  • Completed 60 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science from the College of Health and Sciences.
  • Two letters of recommendation: One from an appropriate ECU Advisor and one from an osteopathic physician.
Degree Plan

Contacts


Michael D. Bay, Ph.D.
1100 E. 14th Street
Ada, OK 74820
580-559-5497
mbay@ecok.edu

Requirements:

  • Declared major in Biology (Cell and Molecular Concentration);
  • The courses below must be taken at Northeastern State University’s Tahlequah campus or concurrently enrolled at TCC / NSUBA campus except those earned as concurrent enrollment during high school or AP credits;
  • Completed at the time of application the following coursework:
    • BIOL 1123/1131, BIOL 2154, CHEM 1123/1131, CHEM 1223/1231, CHEM 3123/3132 (must be taken at NSU), ENGL 1113/1213, and MATH 1513;
  • Completed 60 credit hours at end of sophomore year;
  • Two letters of recommendation: One from the Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PAC) and one from an osteopathic physician.
Degree Plan - BIO

Requirements:

  • Declared major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Animal Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources;
  • Completed 45 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree;
  • Two letters for recommendation: One from a faculty advisor and one from an osteopathic physician.

Contacts


College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Academic Program Dean’s office
136 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
405-744-5395

Requirements:

  • Declared major in one of the approved OSU 3+1 plans;
  • Completed at the time of application the following coursework:
    • BIOL 1114, ZOOL 1604, CHEM 1314, CHEM 1515, CHEM 3053, and the MATH required for their undergraduate degree. These courses must be completed at OSU (except those earned as concurrent enrollment during high school or AP credits).
  • Completed 60 credit hours.
  • Two letters of recommendation: One from the Pre-Health Advisory committee (PAC) and one from an osteopathic physician.

Contacts


OSU Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services
213 Life Sciences East
Stillwater, OK 74078
405-744-5658
artsandsciences@okstate.edu

Requirements:

  • All science classes must be taken at Southeastern OSU except for those earned as a concurrent enrollment during high school or AP credits;
  • Completed 45 hours of course work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisplinary Medical Sciences (Chemistry or Biology) at the time of application;
  • Two letters of recommendation: One from the Southeastern Pre-Professional Advisory Committee and one from an osteopathic physician.
Degree Plan

Contacts


Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Pre-Medicine Advisory Committee
1405 N. 4th Avenue, Science Building S-205
Durant, OK 74701
580-745-2242
Loide Wasmund
lmwasmund@se.edu

Requirements:

  • Declared major in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Health Science or Microbiology;
  • Completed 45 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree in the approved tracks at SWOSU at the time of application;
  • All science classes must be taken at SWOSU except for those earned as concurrent enrollment during high school or AP credits;
  • Two letters of recommendation: One from a Pre-Professional Advisory Committee and one from an osteopathic physician.
Degree Plan

Contacts


Chair, SWOSU Pre-Medical Advisory Committee:
Sue Ball, M.Ed., Instructor of Anatomy
Department of Biological Sciences
580-774-3085
Sue.ball@swosu.edu

Jessica Young, MS, ATC, LAT
Coordinator, Allied Health Sciences
580-774-3186
Jessica.young@swosu.edu

Requirements:

  • Declared major in Biology – Biomedical Science or Chemistry – Health Sciences;
  • Completed at the time of application the following coursework:
    • BIO 1204, BIO 1225, BIO 2203, CHEM 1103, CHEM 1112, CHEM 1223, CHEM 1232, CHEM 3303, CHEM 3312, ENG 1113, ENG 1213, MATH 2153, STAT 2103. These courses must be completed at UCO (except those earned as concurrent enrollment during high school or AP credits);
    • Completed 60 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree;
    • Two letters of recommendation: One from the UCO Pre-Medical Advisory Committee and one from an osteopathic physician.
Degree Plan - BIO
Degree Plan - CHEM

Contacts


Carolyn Bentley, Ph.D.
200C Howell Hall
Edmond, OK 73034
405-974-5733
Cbentley3@uco.edu

**Criteria may change from time to time as determined by the partner university. For a comprehensive list of program requirements and approved 3+1 plans for each partner university, please visit www.medicine.okstate.edu or contact an OSU-COM recruiter.

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Testimonials

Baylee Arreola

Hometown: Coweta, Oklahoma

“The 3+1 Program is allowing me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a small town doctor. This accelerated program will allow me to graduate from medical school a year earlier than planned. I am receiving an excellent medical education from dedicated professors who care about me and about healthcare access in rural Oklahoma.”

Kelsey Mantooth LeMay

Hometown: Paoli, Oklahoma

“Without the financial help made possible by the 3+1 scholarships, I’m not sure I would have been able to afford medical school. The 3+1 Program will allow me to graduate from medical school with less debt and in less time. It’s a win-win all around. I couldn’t be happier.”

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