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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

General Requirements

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size


Class of 2018 Profiles

COMLEX-USA Level I Board Pass Rate (2010-2014)

  Level 1   




COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE Board Pass Rate (2010-2014)

Level 2CE




COMLEX-USA Level 2PE Board Pass Rate (2010-2014)

Level 2PE 




COMLEX-USA Level 3 Board Pass Rate (2010-2014)

  Level 3   




Graduation Rates: 

Graduating  ClassGraduation Rate*
Class of 201196.00% (final)
Class of 201295.45% (final)
Class of 201393.60% (preliminary as defined by IPEDS)*
Class of 201488.24% (preliminary as defined by IPEDS)*

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

Prepared by the MWU Office of Institutional Research and Educational Assessment 2/2015

Residency Placements (Class of 2015)

Among the graduates, 58 percent entered primary care residencies while the rest of the class also secured residencies in various specialties including emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, neurological surgery, ophthalmology, radiology, psychiatry, and anesthesiology. In addition, 49 percent of the class will stay in Illinois for their residency programs, with the rest traveling to 25 other states for their residencies.

Residency Match Rates:

Percentage of students attempting to match who were placed in a GME position:







Career Opportunities

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

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

2013 Median Salaries in the Midwest (varies by specialty) - from MGMA Physician Compensation and Production Survey 2013 Report

CCOM Leadership

Dean's Office

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
  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation
  2. Competitive test scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
    • Average MCAT score for students entering CCOM in 2014 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
  1. 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
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the evaluators. Letters submitted by students are not accepted.
  1. Demonstration of sincere understanding and interest in osteopathic medicine
  2. Demonstration of a people- or 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. Oral 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.


The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) teaches osteopathic medical students and offers training for the osteopathic medical community to provide compassionate, quality patient-centered care.  The College promotes the practice of osteopathic medicine by fostering a culture of lifelong learning, supporting research and encouraging service.

The mission is achieved by assessing and striving to meet the following goals and objectives:

    1. Demonstrating compassionate care
        • Offer instruction in components that encompass patient dignity, respect, and empathy involving ethics, professionalism, spirituality, interpersonal and communication skills, cultural sensitivity, end of life care, and humanism/patient-centered care
    2. Demonstrating quality education outcomes
        • Provide teaching based on core clinical competencies
    3. Promoting the practice of osteopathic medical care
        • Deliver osteopathic medical services which include student clinical experiences in:
        • The osteopathic medical community, locally and nationwide
        • The MWU Family Medicine and Multispecialty Clinics
        • The MWU/CCOM OMM Scholars Clinic
        • Free clinics in the Chicago metropolitan area providing services to the underserved
    4. Upholding principles of lifelong learning
        • Present curricular course material in a manner that fosters a lifetime pursuit of knowledge and increased understanding
    5. Promoting research and scholarly activity
        • Provide instruction in analytical and exploratory research, and scholarly activity
        • Afford research and scholarly opportunities for students to collaborate with and be mentored by faculty
    6. Promoting service learning experiences
        • Facilitate the development of proficiencies and skills through active participation and involvement in service experiences
        • Encourage extra-curricular service learning activities
    7. Integrating graduate medical education into the osteopathic student experience
        • Provide an introduction to graduate medical education through class presentations
        • Involve graduate medical education leadership and residents in educational activities
    8. Preparing students for residency placement
        • Present preparatory materials to assist students in the residency placement process
        • Provide applicable counsel to students, individually and in groups
    9. Promoting faculty development
        • Deliver and evaluate faculty development programs to include preceptors
        • Create individualized faculty development plans, uniquely tailored to their needs


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)

Student Doctor Network (SDN)