Academic Requirements

Applying to the D.O. Program

Be prepared to apply

If you plan to apply to the Heritage College, you will need:

  • A baccalaureate degree or exemplary performance in at least 90 semester hours of coursework  from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • U.S. citizenship or a permanent visa 
  • A full academic year with no grade lower than a C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in each of the following:

Course Requirements

Semester Hours Quarter Hours

English

6

9

Behavioral Science
(e.g. psychology, sociology, anthropology)

6

9

Biology/Zoology

8

12

General Chemistry

8

12

Organic Chemistry

8

12

Physics

8

12

  • For fall 2017 entry, only MCAT tests taken in 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be considered valid. Results from the January 2017 MCAT administration will be given consideration provided that you have at least one other valid MCAT score on file.
  • Letters of recommendation from either a premed committee OR two letters from natural science faculty who taught you in class.
  • The ability to meet Health and Technical Standards.
  • Although not a requirement, an additional letter from a D.O. is strongly encouraged.

What does a competitive application look like?

Just as osteopathic physicians treat patients in a holistic manner, the Heritage College admissions selection committee reviews applications through a holistic perspective. This means that everything on your application is important to us from science grades to community service and everything in between.

Our first priority at the Heritage College is student success, and for us the best predictors for your future success in our program is to begin with a solid natural science GPA and MCAT score. Competitive applicants typically have at least a 3.6 natural science GPA and 8s and above on each subsection of the old MCAT or 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 old MCAT score was 27.11 with a range of 18-34 and the average new MCAT score was 501.74 with a range of 490 to 519.