Frequently Asked Questions
Applying to the D.O. Program
What you need to know before applying
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Heritage College and the medical school application process.
What are the minimum MCATs and GPAs needed to apply?
We take more than just MCAT scores and GPAs into account when evaluating applications, however, competitive applicants typically have at least a 3.6 science GPA and 8s and above on each subsection of the old MCAT and 125 or above on each subsection of the new MCAT.
For the entering class of 2016, the average science GPA was 3.59, non-science, 3.73 and overall, 3.65. The average MCAT score was 27.11 (old) and 501.74 (new). Ranges were 18-34 (old) and 490-519 (new).
What score are we looking for on the new MCAT?
As you may know, there is no direct comparison between the old style two digit MCAT score and the new three digit score, but we are able to make some comparisons when looking at the percentile rankings from each style of test.
For example, our average MCAT score on the "old" test was a 27 placing those who achieved that score in the 61st percentile. A score in the 61st percentile with the "new" MCAT corresponds with a score of 503.
What are some of the other factors that you consider in addition to grades and test scores?
Clinical experience, volunteer activities, demonstrated leadership qualities, strong letters of recommendation, grade trends, strength of curriculum, maturity and dedication to osteopathic principles and practices are just some of the other attributes that we look for in our candidates.
What are the demographics of your entering class?
For the entering class of 2016:
Class size – 246
First-generation College - 33%
Female – 47%
Minority – 27%
Out-of-state – 3%
Age – ranges from 20-49
What are your tuition and fees?
This information changes annually, and all rates are subject to change by action of the Ohio University Board of Trustees. For 2016-2017, Ohio resident tuition and fees were $35,584 and non-resident tuition and fees were $49,722.
Is the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine a state-supported medical school?
Yes. Because we are a state-supported school, we do give preference to Ohio residents in our application process. However, we encourage applications from all candidates who feel they can contribute to the dynamic learning environment and mission of the Heritage College.
What types of research opportunities are available?
The Heritage College faculty, staff and students on each campus engage in a wide variety of research. From diabetes research and the Virtual Haptic Back project to our annual Research Day showcase. We are committed to trying to understand the mysteries of science and health so that we can improve the lives of our patients.
What about residencies? Where do your graduates go?
In a word – everywhere! Through our statewide clinical campuses, our students have a wide variety of residency opportunities available right here in Ohio. From Level 1 trauma centers to community hospitals and from metropolitan and suburban areas to rural regions, the CORE offers it all. Graduates completing residencies outside of the clinical campuses have gone to the Cleveland Clinic, the Dallas/Forth Worth Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, just to name a few.
Check out more information about the Heritage College and Graduate Medical Education here.
Is there any opportunity to earn a dual degree?
Yes. One of the many advantages of being part of a major university is the opportunity to earn dual degrees. Through Ohio University, you can earn the following degrees in addition to your D.O.: Ph.D., M.P.H, M.B.A, M.H.A, M.S. and M.A. These dual-degree programs can add two to three years to your undergraduate medical education.
Where do the medical students live?
Medical students typically reside within a community closest to their campus location. We encourage medical students to find roommates as sharing housing expenses can help keep your educational budget in check.
What types of support can I expect as a Heritage College student?
We take very seriously our attention to students here at the Heritage College. You will be able to find support through many avenues. Faculty/staff mentors, COMrades, learning specialists and tutors are just a few of the ways in which we provide support. The Office of Student Affairs provides many services to our students -- everything from financial aid counseling and course registration to facilitating workshops about how to live on a tight med student budget. They also keep our students informed about current medical and legal issues. You may not find a more student-centered medical school anywhere in the nation.
How do your students perform on the board exams (COMLEX)?
Our students consistently do very well no matter which campus they attend. The first-time pass rates on the COMLEX levels I and II traditionally meet or exceed the national average.
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