Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

This is what great doctors are made of.

Do you want to be a physician who leverages the natural ability of the human body to heal itself? Consider a career in osteopathic medicine, one of the nation’s fastest-growing healthcare professions.

As a student in our Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program, you’ll learn to treat the causes of human illness, not just its symptoms.


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What is the difference between a DO and an M.D.?

Both DO students and students who graduate from a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program engage in direct, hands-on patient care. ​However, DO students have additional training in healthcare approaches that emphasize the mind, body, and spirit and care for the whole patient​.​


DO students train to provide the most comprehensive perspectives on health and wellness available. Like all medical students, they study human anatomy and physiology, the latest medical advancements and technologies, and complete clinical rotations to gain hands-on experience while a student and a multi-year residency after graduation.

What makes DO students unique is the additional education and training they receive in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). OMM takes into account the body’s nerves, muscles, and bones to diagnose and treat illness. It considers internal systems and structures and patient lifestyle, environment, and related factors to reduce or eliminate pain and promote healing.

While osteopathic medical students​ may choose to become primary care doctors, they work within every major medical specialty area. 


As a DO student, you will:​

  • Learn the roles and responsibilities of being a physician, from assessing wellness to diagnosing illness, prescribing medicine, and performing surgery.
  • Explore human anatomy and physiology, especially the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
  • Study osteopathic treatments to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness and injury.
  • Get broad clinical exposure and training through rotations in all major practice areas.

The DO curriculum at Marian University includes lectures, labs, case studies, small group learning, flipped classrooms, podcasts, problem-based teaching and learning, and opportunities for early clinical experiences to guide and support you as you strive to master the art and science of osteopathic medicine.​

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