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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree 
PCOM DO Program - Philadelphia Campus

One of the nation's most respected osteopathic medical schools, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has a long, proud tradition, spanning more than a century, of training osteopathic physicians.


PCOM is one of the oldest medical schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia area is one of the country's premier cities for medical education. Just minutes from Center City, you will study in a dynamic, highly supportive academic community.

As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) student, you will learn a holistic approach to health care—treating disease in the context of the whole person, considering the interrelationships of all body systems, as well as factors such as nutrition, environment and psychology.

About our DO program in Philadelphia

The DO program curriculum combines lectures and applied, hands-on learning exercises to instruct students in osteopathic medicine and in basic and clinical sciences. Through the use of patient simulators and live patient actors, we provide medical students with invaluable experience in clinical procedure and practice.

As a student in PCOM's osteopathic medical program, you’ll learn anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, clinical medicine and more in an integrated, interactive fashion during your first and second years. As a third- and fourth-year student, you will learn and work at hospitals and health clinics in the greater Philadelphia area under the direction of experienced physicians in order to develop your clinical skills in all phases of patient care.

You will also experience four months in our Community Healthcare Centers, where you will be introduced to the realities of health care in underserved communities in Philadelphia.

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Career options

PCOM DO graduates are accepted into a variety of residencies—both osteopathic and allopathic. Many choose primary care specialties including family medicine, general practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) and pediatrics.

In addition, many of our medical students choose to pursue non-primary care specialties such as emergency medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry, urology and more.

How to apply to the DO program

Visit our DO program application requirements page to view current information regarding deadlines, admissions requirements and the application process.

For more information about preparing for medical school, please see our pre-medical student's guide to a competitive application. If you are changing careers or applying to medical school as a non-traditional student, the Office of Admissions offers additional resources for applying to medical school.

Cost of attendance and financial aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

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DO program mission statement

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Program Mission Statement

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s osteopathic medical programs are dedicated to fostering the growth of the osteopathic profession by training physicians through programs of medical study guided by osteopathic medical tradition, concept and practice in a learning community built on the values of diversity and respect.

The College’s undergraduate medical programs prepare students for success in graduate medical education and the graduate medical education programs prepare students for the independent practice of osteopathic medicine. The College will be responsive to the health care needs of the respective regions and communities in which the osteopathic medical programs are offered. PCOM is committed to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth through teaching and research, and to the well-being of the community through leadership and service.


The doctor of osteopathic medicine programs at PCOM are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

DO Program Highlights

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree

Intense Training

Osteopathic physicians receive intensive training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM)—a therapeutic use of the hands to treat functional issues in the body's bones, joints and muscles.

Tailored Instruction

The osteopathic medical program curriculum is highly individualized and allows students plenty of opportunities to develop relationships with faculty.

Experienced Faculty

As active physicians, clinicians and scientists, PCOM faculty members bring practical knowledge to their classroom instruction.


Osteopathic Medical Program
4170 City Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-871-6100