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Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine selects a number of outstanding Ohio high school seniors to participate in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Early Assurance Program. In as few as seven years, students can earn their undergraduate degree from an EAP partner school – and their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Heritage College.

The Heritage College has EAP partnerships with Baldwin-Wallace University, John Carroll University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio University, Otterbein University and Shawnee State University. These partnerships, coupled with the opening of the Heritage College campuses in Dublin and Cleveland, are designed to increase the pipeline of primary care physicians throughout Ohio.

Students selected for an interview will be notified by the Heritage College Office of Admissions. Interviews will be completed at the end of February, with all final decisions rendered by March 31.

The application for the Early Assurance Program is now closed. The application will reopen again in the fall of 2021. 

Program Features

  • Medical College Admissions Test requirement is waived.
  • 3+4 and 4+4 curricular options are available. A 3+4 track creates an opportunity to count your first year of medical school as the last year of your undergraduate baccalaureate degree. A 4+4 track allows for a traditional four-year undergraduate experience before entering medical school.
  • Mentoring from a current Heritage College medical student.
  • Access to programming and activities that provide a firsthand look into the medical school experience.
  • Early clinical shadowing experience with physicians.

Program Requirements

You will want to be sure and check out our partner school’s websites for detailed information on program and application requirements, but in general, to be considered an applicant to the Early Assurance Program at the Heritage College, you must:

  • Be accepted to your selected partner school(s) before you apply to the EAP.
  • Meet all application deadlines. Most occur in December or early January of the year prior to entry.
  • Be an Ohio resident.
  • Graduate from an Ohio high school.
  • Have composite or combined scores greater than or equal to a 28 ACT or a 1300 SAT.
  • Earn at least a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5+ on a 4.0 scale (unweighted).
  • Have completed or be in the process of completing four units or credits of high school math, English and science, including biology and chemistry (coursework in physics is strongly encouraged).
  • Have the Guidance Counselor Evaluation form submitted and a letter of recommendation from a science teacher who taught you in class for a grade.
  • Submit an official transcript.
  • Submit an essay detailing why you wish to pursue a career in medicine.
  • Be invited for an in-person interview on the Athens campus in February or March.

To remain eligible as an EAP participant, students must have an overall GPA of 3.7 and a GPA of 3.6 or higher in science coursework at the completion of the undergraduate program. The Appendix A document provides more details on the application procedure, student responsibilities and loss of conditional admission status.

Program Partners

Baldwin Wallace Logo


Application deadline: Spring semester of sophomore year
Mission: Baldwin Wallace University is an academic community committed to the liberal arts and sciences as the foundation for lifelong learning. The university fulfills this mission through a rigorous academic program that is characterized by excellence in teaching and learning within a challenging, supportive environment that enhances students’ intellectual and spiritual growth.

Only students in Baldwin Wallace’s Primary Care Advancement Program may apply for provisional acceptance into the Heritage College’s Early Assurance Program following their undergraduate sophomore year. This program blends coursework from the university’s public health major and the interdivisional Comprehensive Healthcare Science Curriculum, with a goal of guiding students toward successful primary care medical training.

Visit the Baldwin Wallace University website for more information.

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EAP application deadline: January 10
Mission: As a Jesuit Catholic University, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership and service in the region and in the world. 4+4 curricular options are available for John Carroll University EAP participants. JCU’s Pre-Health Professions Office is dedicated to assisting students interested in medicine and related careers and is one of the few liberal arts universities in the nation with a physician-in-residence who is available to help advise pre-health students.

Visit the John Carroll University website for more information.


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EAP application deadline: January 10
Mission: To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation. As a Catholic Dominican university, Ohio Dominican University embraces all who seek the truth. The Catholic intellectual tradition is inclusive and promotes a rigorous academic life that develops the whole person. The institution strives to instill a greater purpose for the individual, the community and the world. Students opting for a 4+4 curricular experience can pursue any major, while students considering the 3+4 curricular track can major only in biology.

Visit the Ohio Dominican University EAP website for more information.




Ohio University Logo


EAP application deadline: January 10
Mission: Ohio University is a public university providing a broad range of educational programs and services. As an academic community, Ohio University holds the intellectual and personal growth of the individual to be a central purpose. Its programs are designed to broaden perspectives, enrich awareness, deepen understanding, establish disciplined habits of thought, prepare for meaningful careers and, thus, help develop individuals who are informed, responsible, productive citizens. Students opting for a 4+4 curricular experience can pursue any major at Ohio University.

The 3+4 curricular experience is only available to students who are in the Honors Tutorial College or the College of Arts & Sciences Biological Sciences or Chemistry and Biochemistry departments. For more information about Ohio University's EAP program, go here:



Need more information about Ohio University's program? Email the Admissions Office at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at ou-hcom@ohio.edu or call us at 800.345.1560.



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EAP application deadline: January 10
Mission: Otterbein is an inclusive community dedicated to educating the whole person in the context of human values. Our mission is to prepare graduates to think deeply and broadly, to engage locally and globally and to advance their professions and communities. An Otterbein education is distinguished by the intentional blending of the liberal arts and professional studies, combined with a unique approach to integrating direct experience into all learning.

Students opting for a 4+4 curricular experience can pursue any major, while students considering the 3+4 curricular track can major only in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology.

Visit the Otterbein University EAP website for more information.