Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic schools are less competitive than allopathic schools, although the number of applicants has increased dramatically. Osteopathic and allopathic residents frequently work side by side in local hospitals. The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine located at Lewisburg, WV is the only osteopathic medical school in the state. Background checks are often conducted.

See the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine


The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.

Minimum Science Coursework

  • Principles of Biology I and II (BSC 120 and 121)
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs (CHM 211, 212, 217, and 218)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II and Organic Lab (CHM 355, 356, and 361)
  • General Physics I and II and labs (PHY 201, 202, 203 and 204)
  • Mathematics to meet prerequisite requirements for the science courses listed above

General Education Coursework

  • English Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 201)
  • Social and Behavioral Science: General Psychology (PSY 201) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 200)
  • Follow catalog for degree requirements B.S. or B.A.

Recommended Coursework

  • Histology (BSC 300)
  • Vertebrate Embryology (BSC 301)
  • Principles of Microbiology and Lab (BSC 302 and BSC 304) or General Bacteriology (BSC 250) Note: BSC 250 does notcount toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BSC 310) or Human Anatomy (BSC 227) Note: BSC 227 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Principles of Cell Biology (BSC 322)
  • Animal Physiology (BSC 422) or Human Physiology (BSC 228) Note: BSC 228 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Introductory Biochemistry (CHM 365)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 408)
  • Physiological Psychology (PSY 440)

Professional Exam

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), is taken preferably in the fall of your junior year of undergraduate school. For the most current information on cost, review the MCAT web site.