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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree

Marian University’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program has had proven success in preparing students for their residency and future careers. Our College of Osteopathic Medicine is an accredited institution conveniently located in Indianapolis. Based on our Franciscan values, our DO program emphasizes education based on improving the health of mind, body, and spirit.

Admission requirements to the DO Program

DO Degree Curriculum

The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) features state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, study areas, and a simulation center. The curriculum in the DO program was designed to address key recommendations from the Carnegie report, Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency, which is an important review of the methods and practices of medical education over the last 100 years. This ensures that students are receiving up-to-date training on crucial aspects of osteopathy.

Our integrated, patient-centered, competency-based curriculum has been designed to prepare the next generation of physicians to have successful careers in all areas of medicine. DO courses have a clinical basis, giving you hands-on experience that will carry over to professionally working with patients. A variety of teaching methods, including lectures, laboratories, case-based seminars, podcasts, team-based learning, and early clinical experiences, give you a unique opportunity to master the core aspects of osteopathic medicine.

New Professional Identity Formation Series

Professional Identity Formation SeriesProfessional Identity Formation (or PIF) is a longitudinal curriculum that is delivered across all four years of the medical school experience at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

This series includes several elements relevant to the development of transformational leaders in osteopathic medicine. Opportunities for personal and professional growth are supported through learning activities in five major areas: wellness; academic success; career development and planning; diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; and leadership in osteopathic medicine.

OMS-I and OMS-II: Preclinical Curriculum

Matriculating students are referred to as Osteopathic Medical Students (OMS-I, II, III, and IV). Hospitals and other healthcare employers are seeking physicians who have the ability to work in an ever-changing healthcare environment. MU-COM offers a uniquely integrated and team-based approach to the medical training curriculum by integrating didactic and clinical competencies, offering inter-professional education with nursing students, including a clinical basis to biomedical science courses, and providing you with clinical experiences in your first and second years of medical school.

Courses are taught by our experienced faculty. Biomedical and clinical faculty will help you obtain the knowledge needed to successfully treat the root cause of a disease, but also show the compassion and patient-centered approaches central to osteopathic medicine. They will also help you attain the foundation to be highly successful during your clinical rotations in years three and four.

To help achieve this understanding, faculty will help you understand the systems and structures of the human body in our state-of-the-art anatomy lab, better understand how structure and function work together, and develop your hands into treatment instruments by utilizing our osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) lab, as well as teach you examination procedures using our simulation and examination rooms.

DO First Year Schedule 2019DO Second Year Schedule 2019

OMS-III: Clinical Core Curriculum

This is the core year for clinical training. The purpose of the third year is to provide the student with broad exposure to areas of medicine that represent most of the areas that will be addressed in residencies and practice.

There are nine months of core rotations in the third year: family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, and psychiatry. Family medicine, emergency medicine, and internal medicine are eight weeks, and all the others are four-week rotations. Family medicine and emergency medicine have been split into third and fourth-year rotations. Radiology has been included as a skill set, along with ortho/sports medicine.

Most of the third-year rotations will take place at one of our clinical partners, but there will be opportunities for third-year students to explore other educational environments.

Sample Rotation Schedule

Third Year Schedule

OMS-IV: Clinical Curriculum 

In the fourth and final year, there are also some required rotations that emphasize the primary care aspects of the curriculum. The rotations expose students to the practice of medicine outside of an urban setting. There are required rotations in rural medicine and critical access hospitals which will be linked for a total of eight weeks, and the fourth-year component to family medicine and emergency medicine as well as a public health rotation. 

For the remainder of the fourth year, the student has been given the opportunity to work with faculty to develop his/her own interests with an eye toward doing interview rotations with residency programs in areas where the student may want to do residency training. Many of the rotations will take place at one of our clinical partners, but a list of electives and potential sites will be provided.

The fourth-year curriculum is also scheduled in a manner that best accommodates interview rotations and other requirements needed for graduation and licensing exams.

Sample Rotation Schedule

Fourth Year Schedule

College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) Compliance

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) MU-COM, accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), acknowledges:

  • The curriculum of MU-COM meets the educational requirements for a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, recognized by all states as the required DO degree for licensure.

Any student planning to relocate to another state after completion of the program can seek guidance from Regina Obergfell, Assistant Registrar for Graduate and Professional Health Science Programs, for documentation of the DO degree or the Sr Advisor to the Sr Vice President of Health Professions, Elizabeth Petsche (, to determine whether the curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in that state.

Marian University’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree features a proven track record of student success with state-of-the-art facilities. Interested in learning more?

Learn more about the DO program at Marian University

Guiding Principles and Practice

MU-COM is dedicated to the promotion of a learning environment that is conducive to the ongoing development of professional behaviors in students, faculty, staff, and administration and is one in which all individuals exhibit mutual respect. This includes facilitating the exposure of learners to aspects of quality and safety, cultural competence, and interprofessional collaborative practice.   

Our learning environment is consistent with the Catholic Mission of Marian University and based upon the four Franciscan Values given to us by the Sisters of Saint Francis: Dignity of the Individual, Reconciliation, Responsible Stewardship, and Peace and Justice. In addition, the curriculum of MU-COM is based upon the articulated expectations and requirements of professional organizations, national licensure boards, and accrediting bodies. The faculty of MU-COM is committed to meeting these expectations and requirements, while striving to not promote or endorse any personal view, opinion, or belief. Our guiding principles and practice can be found here.


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