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3 + 1 Program

The 3+1 Program is a competitive program designed for highly motivated undergraduate students who have decided to become physicians who are interested in practicing primary care medicine in rural Oklahoma and would like to accomplish this goal in a shorter amount of time than required in a traditional program.

How Does the 3+1 Program Work?

The program allows students to complete requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in seven years instead of the customary eight years.

  • Students spend their first three years of undergraduate studies in pursuit of their bachelor’s degree at a partner university.
  • In their fourth year, students will matriculate to OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine to start their first year of medical school.
  • After successful completion of their first year of medical school, students in the 3+1 Program will be awarded their bachelor’s degree from the partner university.
  • After year four of medical school, students in the 3+1 Program will receive their doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.

Who Should Apply to the 3+1 Program?

Highly motivated students who have decided to become physicians and who are interested in practicing primary care medicine in rural Oklahoma should apply to the 3+1 Program. To qualify, interested students must meet the following criteria:

  • Oklahoma resident
  • Full-time student at a partner university at the time of application
  • Desire to practice primary care medicine
  • Desire to practice medicine in rural Oklahoma
  • 3.5 or better overall grade point average (GPA)
  • 3.5 or better science GPA

What are the Benefits of the 3+1 Program?

  • Save time, save money. Students in the 3+1 Program save a year of study by completing seven instead of eight years of academic study, which translates into savings of tuition and time.
  • Scholarship awards. OSU-COM offers scholarship awards to 3+1 students. Awards range from $10,000 - $15,000 per student.
  • Automatic admission into OSU-COM Rural Medical Track. Students in the 3+1 Program are required to complete their training in the OSU-COM Rural Medical Track (RMT). 
  • Supportive environment. 3+1 students benefit from peer-to-peer mentoring and 1-on-1 focused instruction as part of the RMT curriculum. 

How Does the 3+1 Program Admissions Process Work?

Qualified candidates should apply for admission into the 3+1 Program during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Candidates should follow the recommended steps:

  • Meet partner university requisite admissions criteria (see table)
  • Complete the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service Application by February 28 of their sophomore year;
  • Submit a supplemental application to OSU-COM by March 30 of their sophomore year; and
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee during the spring semester of their sophomore year.
  • Applicants will be required to complete the CASPer Situational Judgement Test before OSU-COM will render an admissions decision.

Applicants will either be granted provisional early acceptance into the 3+1 Program or be advised to re-apply through the traditional admissions cycle. Interested students should schedule a meeting with their college Pre-Health Advisor or with OSU-COM as early as possible to learn more about entry into the 3+1 Program.

Provisional Early Acceptance into OSU-COM

Students admitted into the 3+1 Program will be offered provisional early acceptance into OSU-COM. In order to maintain their continued acceptance into OSU-COM, 3+1 students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.5
  • Maintain a science GPA of at least 3.5
  • Score a minimum of 492 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) during their junior year
  • Complete all remaining undergraduate coursework required for the approved 3+1 degree plan during their junior year

Partner University Contacts and Degree Plans  

OSU-COM offers the 3+1 Program at the following ten partner universities in Oklahoma. Requirements for each partner university can be found below. Criteria may change from time to time as determined by the partner university. 


Student Testimonials

Ali Nolan

Tate Wallar

OSU Undergrad

“I am passionate about helping patients in a rural community that may see a doctor only during emergencies. Through the 3+1 Program, I can achieve my educational and professional goals in seven years which will allow me to start helping underserved communities sooner. There is a vast deficit of physicians that grows every year and is especially apparent in rural areas. I strive to become a physician in Oklahoma to bring health and happiness to those in need.”