Pre-Osteopathic Medicine

Are you interested is pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine? If so, Bowling Green State University can provide an undergraduate program to meet your educational goals.


Dependent upon individual backgrounds and interests there are numerous ways students can prepare for osteopathic medical school through BGSU’s pre-osteopathic medicine program. Students are expected to have a bachelor’s degree before entering osteopathic medical school.

Most schools require a minimum of English, mathematics and a year each of biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics. Usually in the spring of the junior year, students must also complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This all-day test measures knowledge in physical and biological sciences, reading and problem-solving skills, and also includes writing two short essays. Knowledge of the philosophy of osteopathic medicine is recommended but not absolutely required.

Common academic majors for students in pre-osteopathic medicine include applied health science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and psychology. For those who anticipate a non-science major, it is recommended to include science majors’ chemistry or biology in the first year and perhaps take an appropriate math course.

Basic courses taught in the first two years of osteopathic medical school require a strong foundation of biology and chemistry. Students who have completed more than the minimum background in at least one of those sciences tend to perform better and will probably attain higher scores on the science sections of the MCAT.

Students should also consider pursuing opportunities to observe, volunteer or work in a hospital or nursing home environment. This experience exposes students to those who are ill and helps to determine how students will respond to depressing or stressful situations. Interaction with an osteopathic physician should be sought to explore the philosophy of osteopathic medicine.

Faculty and Special Features

The faculty in the biology and chemistry departments advise students interested in osteopathic medicine and other health care fields. These departments offer sizable faculties, most of the members of which are active in research. Students are encouraged to participate actively, working on an individual basis with a faculty member on a common research project. There are also active undergraduate societies in biology, chemistry and pre-medicine which offer excellent opportunities to become acquainted with other students with similar interests.

Students who decide not to go to osteopathic medical school or who are not admitted the first time they apply have a number of options. Some earn an advanced degree and do research in that area. Others decide to work at the bachelor’s level as a chemist, biochemist, microbiologist, etc. Still others obtain teaching certificates or pursue other health fields. Applicants are often able to strengthen credentials and reapply successfully.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Pre-Osteopathic Medicine, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: