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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

General Requirements

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size


Class of 2019 Profiles

Graduation Rates:

Below is a table indicating the 4-year graduation rate for the Class of 2015, the 5-year graduation rate for the Class of 2014, and the 6-year graduation rate (fully mature) for the Class of 2013.

Graduating ClassGraduation Rate*
Class of 201196%
Class of 201295%
Class of 201394%
Class of 201493% (preliminary as defined by IPEDS*)
Class of 201595% (preliminary as defined by IPEDS*)

*following the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System convention for graduation percentage data reporting

COMLEX-USA Level I Board Pass Rate (2011-2015)

  Level 1   




COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE Board Pass Rate (2011-2015)

Level 2CE




COMLEX-USA Level 2PE Board Pass Rate (2011-2015)

Level 2PE 




COMLEX-USA Level 3 Board Pass Rate (2011-2015)

  Level 3   




Prepared by the MWU Office of Institutional Research and Educational Assessment 3/2016

Research Outcomes (PDFs)

   2016 (Q1, Q2, Q3)

   2015 (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)

   2014 (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)

   2013 (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)

 Student Club Activities (PDF)

Residency Placements (AOA and NRMP match statistics):

In 2016, there were 198 students who entered the match and 198 who were offered positions. All students matched. 

Graduation YearNumber of Graduating Students Entering the MatchNumber of Students Offered a PositionNumber of Student Attempting to Match Who Were Not Placed in GME

2016 Match by Specialty 

Completion of a program of study at Midwestern University does not guarantee placement in a residency program or future employment, licensure or credentialing.

Career Opportunities

Primary care, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, plus other medical specialties and options in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities

Median Salaries in the Midwest (varies by specialty) - from MGMA Physician Compensation and Production Survey most recent report

CCOM Leadership

Dean's Office

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Admission Requirements


Students seeking admission to CCOM must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of the admissions course requirements
    • Grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable)
    • To be competitive, students should have minimum cumulative GPAs and science GPAs over 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
    • To receive a supplemental application, students must have minimum science and cumulative GPAs of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  2. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation
  3. Competitive test scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
    • Average MCAT score for students entering CCOM in 2015 was 29 
    • Only MCAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than 3 years prior to the planned enrollment year are acceptable
    • Register for MCAT tests through the MCAT Program Office at 202/828-0690 or visit www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat for information
  4. Two letters of recommendation
    • One letter from either a premedical advisory committee, prehealth advisor or basic science professor who has taught the applicant
    • Second letter from either a U.S. licensed D.O. or M.D. Letters from osteopathic physicians are strongly recommended. Letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable

Students seeking admission to CCOM must provide:

    1. Demonstration of sincere understanding and interest in osteopathic medicine
    2. Demonstration of a service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities
    3. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
    4. Verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
    5. Pass the Midwestern University fingerprint-based background check
    6. Commitment to abide by Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
    7. Meet the Technical Standards of the College
Prerequisite Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with lab812
General Chemistry with lab812
Organic Chemistry with lab812
Physics with lab812
English Composition69

Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry are recommended courses that may contribute to success in medical school.

Additional Application Information

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Program Description


The CCOM course of study is typically 4 academic years. The first 2 years cover primarily didactic instruction, followed by 2 years of primarily clinical rotations, including applicable didactic material. Upon graduation with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, CCOM graduates are eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all fields of medicine.

As scientists and practitioners of the healing arts, osteopathic physicians subscribe to a philosophy that regards the body as an integrated whole with structures and functions working interdependently. As an extension of this philosophy, osteopathic physicians treat their patients as unique persons with biological, psychological, and sociological needs-an approach that underscores the osteopathic commitment to patient-oriented versus disease-oriented health care. In recognition of this approach, CCOM proactively modifies its curriculum to meet the needs of the practice of osteopathic medicine in the 21st century. To that end, our curriculum is being progressively enhanced with increasing alignment and integration of basic science and clinical sciences material. CCOM courses maintain rigorous standards by introducing the course material with interactive presentation methods in the manner that osteopathic physicians approach the patient in the clinical setting.

Program Expectations

To produce competent osteopathic physicians, CCOM's program emphasizes primary care but includes traditional specialties and subspecialties. Because the DO degree signifies the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, CCOM graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, including direct hands-on analysis and treatment.

Accordingly and with reasonable accommodation, all candidates for admission to the CCOM program must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.


CCOM educates osteopathic physicians to provide compassionate quality care, promote the practice of osteopathic medicine and lifelong learning, research and service.

The mission will be achieved by meeting the following objectives:

CCOM Mission Objectives, Outcomes and Assessment Details (PDF)


CCOM achieves educational excellence through

      • Leadership
      • Teamwork
      • Commitment
      • Integrity
      • Professionalism
      • Diversity
      • Practice and Application of the Osteopathic Philosophy

Program Reputation

Since its founding in 1900, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine has graduated more than 6,000 alumni and accounts for nearly 13 percent of all practicing osteopathic physicians and surgeons in the United States.

Planned Program Improvements

The curriculum is being enhanced with an early clinical focus through a symptom-presentation approach. The clinical courses in the first two years have been revamped for the 2015-2016 academic year utilizing this approach. 

CCOM is engaged in a One Health focus recognizing the significant interaction of human, animal and environmental aspects of health. 

The new Midwestern University Multi-Specialty Clinic provides early clinical contact opportunities and clinical rotation opportunities. 



The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). COCA is recognized as the accrediting agency for colleges of osteopathic medicine by the United States Office of Education and the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA). CCOM is currently accredited through 2016.

For further information, please contact the American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, or (800) 621-1773.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

Related Links


Deans Home Page

MWU Osteopathic Medicine Program in Glendale

Osteopathic Medicine as a Career

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators

Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society (IOMS)