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Pre-Osteopathic Medicine

Aspiring to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine? USD provides specialized programs and thoughtfully designed coursework to prepare you for osteopathic medical school applications.

Your Path in Pre-Osteopathic Medicine

If you aspire to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine, careful planning of your undergraduate program is essential to meet the prerequisites for admission to osteopathic medical school. Osteopathic physicians examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders, considering the interconnectedness of the body's systems. In addition to traditional medical interventions, DOs emphasize preventive care and the body's natural ability to heal.

The University of South Dakota's pre-osteopathic medicine path is designed to give students the necessary education for osteopathic medical school. While the program covers required coursework, are encouraged to consult the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) for information about how to apply to osteopathic medicine programs and should reach out to individual schools for specific admission requirements. It's important to talk with an advisor to plan your studies according to the schools you're interested in.

This pre-osteopathic medicine program does not lead to a degree. Review the offering details below, as well as our frequently asked questions, to learn more about how the pre-osteopathic medicine program will shape your USD education and set you up for success.

Degrees & Offerings

Pre-Osteopathic Medicine

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USD's pre-osteopathic medicine program is designed to prepare you for osteopathic medical school applications. While you won't graduate with a degree in pre-osteopathic medicine, the program complements your major, providing a comprehensive pre-professional curriculum. Advising is crucial for navigating any pre-professional path, so be sure to communicate your interest in osteopathic medical school with your advisor and inquire about how this choice will shape your education at USD.

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Health Care Experts

The University of South Dakota stands as the pinnacle of health care education in the state, hosting South Dakota's only medical school. Renowned as the regional leader in health care education, USD provides comprehensive coursework across various health care disciplines. With an unmatched understanding of the health care landscape, we are dedicated to connecting students to the opportunities necessary to shape their path for the future.

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Incredible Research Opportunities

A unique aspect of your USD education is access to incredible undergraduate research opportunities. Through your academic department, you may have the opportunity to work in specialized research labs under the guidance of highly active faculty. You can also sharpen your writing skills by applying for undergraduate research grants at the university. By accessing high-quality research experiences as an undergraduate student, you can expand your education and set yourself apart in medical school applications.

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