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

Rural and Underserved Primary Care Early Admissions Program

Bachelor of Science from the Northeastern State University 3+1 Program

Introduction and description of program:

The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) seeks to admit students who want 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 training in seven years.

OSU-COM and the selection committee recognize that the Northeastern State University (NSU) provides rigorous academic preparation for a variety of careers in healthcare, including osteopathic medicine. Utilizing a preset pre-medical curriculum for each course for the first three years on the Tahlequah campus or their sophomore* and junior years on the Broken Arrow campus, combined with the OSU-COM first year curriculum as their fourth year, students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree from NSU.

*Students will be concurrently enrolled in Tulsa Community College (TCC) and NSUBA for their sophomore year.

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 NSU student
  • Must be declared major in one of the approved NSU 3+1 plans.
  • Must have completed at the time of application: BIOL 1123/1131, BIOL 2154, CHEM 1123/1131, CHEM 1223/1231, CHEM 3123/3132 (must be taken at NSU), ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 and the MATH 1513. These courses must be completed at NSU Tahlequah campus or concurrently enrolled at TCC/NSUBA campus (except those earned as concurrent enrollment during high school or AP credits).
  • 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 the Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PAC) 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 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.
  • TakeĀ  the MCAT and have the scores reported to OSU-COM via the MCAT Testing History Exchange site for review by the selection committee
  • Complete additional evaluative requirements

Continued Eligibility for Progression to 2nd Year Osteopathic Medical School Curriculum

  • Awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern State University

Early Admissions Program Selection Committee

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

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

 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, as assigned.
  • Participate in activities at OSU sponsored by the Student Osteopathic Rural Medicine Club (StORM), as assigned.

*Primary Care

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

Contact Information

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

JuLee Wells, Director of Recruitment

Northeastern Oklahoma State University


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