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Requirements

Academic Requirements

Applying to the D.O. Program

Be prepared to apply

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Heritage College will be adhering to the guidelines published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) when reviewing and processing applications. Although pass/fail grades will be accepted, it is still recommended to receive a letter grade for a course if possible. 

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 2021 entry, only MCAT tests taken in 2018, 2019 and 2020 will be considered valid. For the 2020-2021 cycle only: Results from the January 2021 MCAT administration will be accepted to complete your application. However, it is highly recommended that you take the MCAT as soon as possible. 
  • 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 a 125 or above on each subsection of the MCAT.

For the entering class of 2020, the average science GPA was 3.59, non-science, 3.75 and overall, 3.65. The average MCAT score was 505.32 with a range of 488 to 521.

View our COCA-approved Admissions Policy.