Osteopathic medicine is a combination of modern and holistic approaches and involves patients in their health care. The doctoral programs at the schools below are all affiliated with a Christian institution.
Christian Osteopathic Medical Schools Comparison
Students can complete doctoral degree programs at institutions affiliated with Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Presbyterian denominations, among others.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2021-2022)*|
|Campbell University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Baptist||Buies Creek, NC||$15,152|
|Liberty University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$8,360|
|Marian University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Indianapolis, IL||$20,737|
|University of Pikeville||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Presbyterian||Pikeville, KY||$8,370|
|University of the Incarnate Word||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||San Antonio, TX||$19,840|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Osteopathic Medical Schools
All of the Christian schools below offer student professional associations. Several of them also offer medical outreach and community service opportunities for students. These schools' extracurricular opportunities and osteopathic medicine programs are profiled in detail below.
Students earn their doctoral degree at the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. The school aims to educate doctors to work with underserved populations or in remote areas of the United States. Students gain hands-on experience at a regional clinic during the third and fourth years of the program. They also have the chance to participate in medical missions or work with local health centers. For undergraduates, the university offers opportunities to participate in pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) activities. Membership in SOMA is also available to graduate students. As part of Campbell University, students receive an education that is infused with Baptist principles.
Liberty University's educational model is based on the concept that educators and students are connected to God. That model is followed in the curriculum at Liberty's College of Osteopathic Medicine. The first two years of the doctoral program involve lectures, labs, and clinical work. Students work at a clinical education center during their third year, while the fourth year allows them to participate in elective rotations. Students can choose to complete a global clinic rotation or medical outreach. The college offers opportunities to participate in many student organizations, such as the College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Council, SOMA, and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.
Marian University's Osteopathic Medical School offers a curriculum based on the 2010 Carnegie Report on medical school reform to ensure students' training is up to date. Students learn clinical skills and study biomedical sciences in the first two years of the program. They can then experience various specialties, such as general surgery and family medicine, in their third year. The fourth year includes experience in rural clinical settings. The university follows four Franciscan principles: peace and justice, responsible stewardship, reconciliation, and individual dignity. Marion offers pre-SOMA and SOMA clubs for interested students.
University of Pikeville
The Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Pikeville seeks to promote research and produce primary care physicians with a desire to serve rural communities in Appalachia. The college offers many organizations geared toward osteopathic students, such as SOMA and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Students take basic science and clinical science courses during their first two years, with clinical rotations taking place during the last two years of the program. Students can complete these rotations in Kentucky and other states in the region. The college boasts a 100% residency placement rate for program graduates between 2014 and 2017.
University of the Incarnate Word
The University of the Incarnate Word was established by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and is grounded in faith and commitment to service. The university's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program is comprised of phases and provides students with weekly community service activities as well as early clinical experience opportunities. In the last years of the program, students complete eight clinical rotations lasting six weeks each. Incarnate Word also has pre-SOMA and SOMA clubs.