Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools 2017

In Education, Physician
September 19, 2017

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Choosing an osteopathic medical school to go to can be a difficult process even with only 33 accredited colleges. The projected growth for physicians and surgeons is much faster than average at 14% making it a great field to go into. Regardless of what you are looking for, each osteopathic medical school has something that may stand out over the others.

Whether you desire a fun student life or a better chance of getting into your desired residency program, there is a school for you. Here is our top 10 best osteopathic medical schools of 2017.

Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools:

1.  Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

University of Michigan - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

Coming in at the top spot for the top 10 best osteopathic medical schools is Michigan State University. As the 33rd best medical school for primary care according to the US News Report, Michigan State is the only osteopathic medical school to rank in the top 50 medical schools for primary care.

With over 1,200 osteopathic students statewide, a 3.63 average GPA and two-thirds of graduates staying in state , you can see why Michigan State is number one.

2. Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

VCOM’s goal is to prepare community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved areas while promoting research to improve overall human health, making it a great choice if you’re considering a student loan forgiveness program in the future!

Almost 90% of graduates from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine are accepted into their first choice of residency programs. Also, students hoping to be admitted have the opportunity to attend this medical school in Virginia, Auburn or the Carolinas.

3. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lake Erie School of Osteopathic Medicine - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

Rounding out the top 3 best osteopathic schools is Lake Erie College. With a minimum 2.7 GPA and an average of 3.2, admission is easier than some schools. Also, if you want the chance to finish your medical degree in three years instead of four, Lake Erie is the place to go.

LECOM works to prepare students to become osteopathic physicians, pharmacists, and dentists through their programs revolving around research, education, critical care, and community service.

4. Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Touro School of Osteopathic Medicine - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

Coming in at number 4 on our list is Touro College. Located across the street from the Apollo and surrounded by things to do make this a desirable location. Minority status may help your chances of getting into this medical school.

Increasing the underrepresented minorities in medicine and placing more physicians in under-served communities is the mission of this medical school located in urban Harlem and rural Middletown.

5. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

Rounding out our top 5 best osteopathic medical schools is the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. With an acceptance rate of 9% and under 900 enrolled students, this isn’t your easiest medical school to get into.

It’s selectivity contributes to over 60% of graduate students being admitted into their first choice of residency programs. First year students also receive a laptop for their four years of study.

6. Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alabama School of Osteopathic Medicine - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

At number 6 is the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. This is the first osteopathic college to share a campus with a regional medical center. With the first graduating class being in May 2017, you could be one of the 150 students who will graduate from this medical school each year.

Located in Dotham, Alabama, ACOM is a comprehensive, four-year osteopathic medical college affiliated with Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, a 420-bed regional medical center.

7. Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Liberty College of Osteopathic Medicine - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

Liberty University’s College of Osteopathic medicine will see its first graduating class this May. The average GPA is a 3.4 with a minimum 497 MCAT which means you don’t need academic excellency to be considered. This college is also distinctively Christian, so if you are looking for a faith-based medical school it’s a perfect fit.

Liberty’s mission is to educate osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment and prepare physicians who dedicate themselves to excellence in the practice of osteopathic medicine through service to their fellow man, life long learning, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

8.  Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine is Indiana’s first medical school in 110 years. Conveniently located minutes from downtown Indianapolis, Marian University gives students a quick getaway from the labors of medical school. The average GPA is a 3.61 and this school is a perfect fit for individuals looking for a Catholic-based university.

Their vision is to provide an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world. Marian is a Catholic university dedicated to providing students the teaching the need and they welcome those of all faiths.

9. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is another medical school that gives you two location options with one being in Suwanee, Georgia and their primary campus in Philadelphia, PA. PCOM gave out $136 million in scholarships last year. They are also one of the top 5 schools in the country when it comes to low student default rates with 99.2% of loans repaid.

PCOM students learn to approach problem solving in a more professional, team-oriented manner and to work successfully in integrated healthcare settings with other professionals.

10.  William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Top 10 Best Osteopathic Medical Schools

Finishing our top 10 best osteopathic medical schools is the William University College of Osteopathic Medicine. William Carey University’s first graduating class achieved a 98% post-graduate placement rate. This medical school consists of a diverse group of individuals that most students will value.

WCUCOM was awarded full accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) in 2014 and it graduated its inaugural class of osteopathic medical students shortly thereafter.

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