Med School Early Assurance Program

Through Ohio Dominican University's exclusive partnership with Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine eligible students can complete their Doctor of Osteopathy in as few as seven years.

The ODU-to-OU Med School Early Assurance Program will accept a limited number of outstanding incoming freshman students each year who will be assured of acceptance into the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), as long as they maintain the high academic standards of the agreement.

OU-HCOM is one of the top osteopathic programs in the nation and the only osteopathic medical program in Ohio. You will have the opportunity to follow one of the two tracks to completion:

  • Attend three years at ODU and complete your remaining credits required for an ODU degree during your first year at OU-HCOM (3+4 track).
  • Complete your degree at ODU prior to attending medical school at Ohio University’s main campus in Athens or its satellite campuses in Cleveland or Dublin, Ohio (4+4 track).

For admission to the ODU-to-OU Med School Early Assurance Program you must apply to both Ohio Dominican University and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine EAP.

Apply to ODU

Apply to OU-HCOM EAP 

In the OU-HCOM EAP application you will need to select which track you would prefer:

  • Med School Early Assurance Program, 4+4
    Within the 4 + 4 track, you’ll complete your undergraduate studies at ODU (4 years) and obtain your Doctor of Osteopathy from OU-HCOM (4 years).
  • Med School Early Assurance Program, 3+4
    The 3 + 4 track includes three years of study at ODU. You’ll complete your Bachelor of Science degree during your first year of medical school at OU-HCOM, earning your Doctor of Osteopathy degree in seven years.

Please note: Participants in the ODU-to-OU Med School Early Assurance Program are offered conditional acceptance into the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Program. 

You will receive final acceptance in the OU-HCOM program providing all of the criteria are met (see Admission Requirements in the drop-down below).

Note: Only first-time freshmen will be considered for the program. 

  • You must be an Ohio resident (for questions on residency requirements, click here)
  • You must graduate from an Ohio high school 
  • You must submit a separate OU-HCOM EAP application to Ohio Dominican University.
  • You must also apply and be admitted to Ohio Dominican University through general admission to be considered for the program. We encourage you to apply to ODU and submit your required academic documents (e.g., high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, post-secondary transcripts) by the priority deadline: January 10, 2023. The final deadline to apply for this program is Feb. 15, 2023.
  • You must have a minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 unweighted scale, and a minimum composite score of 28 on the ACT (1320 SAT)
  • You must complete, or be in the process of completing, four years each of English, Math, and Science, including Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • To remain eligible as an early assurance participant, students must have an overall GPA of 3.7 or higher, and a GPA of 3.6 or higher in all science courses upon graduation
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a science teacher)
  • Submit an essay detailing why you wish to pursue a career in medicine
  • Appear for an in-person preliminary interview on the ODU campus (this typically occurs in early January)
  • Appear for an in-person interview at the Heritage College of Medicine in Athens, Ohio (this typically occurs in February or March)
  • Additional information to provide on this application includes:
    • Your choice of the 3+4 or 4+4 track
    • Educational experience and outside activities

You will need to provide two letters of recommendation to complete your application. 

  • One from a science teacher familiar with your academic work
  • One from a school counselor

Please have those submitting a recommendation upload their letters at ohiodominican.edu/MedSchoolEarlyRec.

Or, they can send their letters by postal mail to:

Director of Undergraduate Admission
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219

Questions? Please email admission@ohiodominican.edu

Application Timeline

  • January 10, 2023 – Priority Deadline.
  • February 15, 2023 – Final Deadline.
  • January/Febraury – Preliminary interviews on the ODU campus in Columbus, Ohio
  • February/March – Interviews at OU-HCOM in Athens, Ohio
  • March 31 – Final decisions are rendered (OU-HCOM will notify student of decision)

  • With the ODU-to-OU Med School Early Assurance Program, you can earn your Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in as few as seven years.
  • ODU’s small class sizes allow professors to interact, instruct and mentor you on a personal level. You'll benefit from this hands-on approach to learning as you study and master complex skills.
  • You’ll have the potential to complete the entire program in Central Ohio.

Sample Course Plan for 3+4 Track
Students enrolled in the Med School Early Acceptance Program’s 3+4 track must major in Biology. Select the sample course plan for Biology major below.

Sample Course Plan for 4+4 Track
Students enrolled in the Med School Early Acceptance Program’s 4+4 track can major in any program as long as they fulfill the pre-requisites for acceptance to OU-HCOM. Most students will choose to major in one of the sciences. 

Select the sample course plans for Biology and Chemistry.

The following is a list of outside scholarship opportunities that may be available to you as you pursue ODU's Early Assurance programs. 

Health Careers Scholarship Program

Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund

Medical and Health Professionals Scholarship

MyHeart Scholarship

The Primary Health Network Health Professionals Scholarship

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

National Health Service Corps

AMWA Medical Education Scholarship (Need-Based)

ACLS Medical Training Scholarship Program

Healthcare Scholarship Program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Scholarship

Osler Scholarship


Download Program Guide

Includes a program overview, sample semester plan and program course requirements.

 Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page for more information.

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