Osteopathic Medical Scholars

The Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program, or OMSP, gives Michigan State University undergraduate students the chance to explore health care, osteopathic medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Selected participants can gain early exposure to clinical skills, community involvement and leadership roles. They develop a strong support network of peers who share similar goals, explore personal strengths and weaknesses, and develop a deeper understanding of the osteopathic profession.

OMSP is a mentoring program that guides students through their undergraduate experience and through the College of Osteopathic Medicine application process. Participants in OMSP must complete a rigorous and competitive application process. Those who maintain a science GPA of at least 3.5 and complete the OMSP Requirements can waive the MCAT requirement for admission into the college. If students plan to apply to other medical schools, this waiver will not apply to those schools. OMSP participation does not guarantee admission into MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Note: OMSP is not a direct admit program.  Admission to OMSP does not mean that the student has been admitted to the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Those interested in OMSP must apply to MSU.  All questions about admission and finances must be referred to MSU Admissions.

Advantages of Becoming an Osteopathic Medical Scholar

  • Opportunity to work in an environment of students who excel academically
  • Ability to build leadership experience through community service
  • Gain early exposure to osteopathic principles and practice
  • Experience an environment conducive to studying osteopathic medicine and research 
  • Receive academic guidance for osteopathic medical school admission and preference among those who apply for admission to MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Maintain a 3.5 overall and 3.5 science GPA and waive the MCAT for admission

Note: Admission to OMSP does not result in guaranteed or automatic admission to MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and students must still complete the application process. The MCAT waiver is valid only if applied within one year of completing an MSU undergraduate degree.


Participants must take part in a number of required activities, which include:

  • Individual advising meetings with OMSP director and College of Osteopathic Medicine admissions counselors
  • Attending monthly group meetings
  • Attending guest lectures 
  • Performing volunteer community service each semester
  • Participating in Pre-SOMA
  • Interacting with first and second year osteopathic medical students
  • Interviewing and shadowing osteopathic physicians
  • Completing OST 401 seminar, featuring osteopathic physicians from the college and the surrounding area.

Admission Requirements

  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Record of volunteerism and community service.
  • Knowledge of osteopathic medicine.
  • Must be accepted to Michigan State University to participate in this program.
  • MSU students with two academic years left before applying to MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine may also apply.
    • Typically, this will mean that an MSU applicant will participate in the program for at least two year after acceptance into OMSP however this will be determined on an individual basis so a meeting with director is recommended prior to applying.
    • The same application and criteria will be used to determine acceptance into the program.

Two Tracks for Participation in OMSP

Traditional Participation

Participants who have been accepted into OMSP may enter with any MSU major. For those who successfully complete the OMSP requirements with a 3.5 overall and science GPA, we will waive the MCAT. Participants must apply, interview, and be accepted to MSUCOM.

Lyman Briggs College 3+4

These students must be members of OMSP who have expressed interest in this area of the program. They must also be admitted to the Lyman Briggs College and plan to major in Biology.

Those who participated in an MSUCOM pre-college program will be given preference for 3+4. Student who have not participated in one of these programs would need to demonstrate exceptional knowledge regarding their understanding of Osteopathic Medicine to participate in 3+4.

Selected participants might be able to enter medical school during what would be their senior year of college as determined by MSUCOM administrators following completion of specific professional development seminars. Upon the completion of the first year of coursework at MSUCOM, participants will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Lyman Briggs.

Note: This is not a 7-year program. It is not a direct admit program to MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Students must be accepted to MSU by MSU Admission Office. All questions about admission and finances must be referred to MSU Admissions.

OMSP Professional Performance Requirements

  • Attend at least 5 monthly group OMSP meetings and provide a reflection summary each year.
  • Schedule and meet with OMSP director for an individual meeting a minimum of once each semester.
  • Participate in a minimum of two OMSP or college events which may include Pre-SOMA participation.
  • Perform volunteer community service each year.
  • Interview and shadow a D.O. and summarize benefits learned.
  • Interview first year osteopathic medical student and summarize benefits learned.
  • Interview second year osteopathic medical student and summarize benefits learned.
  • Research the D.O./Ph.D by reporting on your own MSU research project involvement OR Interview a current faculty member or D.O./Ph.D. candidate or research the DO-PhD Program.
  • Complete OST 401.
  • Meet the academic performance requirements of a 3.5 science GPA and 3.5 overall GPA with at least three upper level biological science courses, on record, prior to applying to MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine to qualify to waive the MCAT.  This GPA includes MSU courses and courses taken at colleges other than MSU.
  • Complete academic performance and professional performance requirements by the time you apply to the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Failure to comply with any of the requirements above may result in dismissal from the program.


Application closed.


For more information about the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program please contact Rosemarie Handley at handley@msu.edu.