Osteopathic Medicine

Philadelphia Campus

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Program at PCOM 
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.

DO Program Details

First and second year curriculum

In your first and second years, you will pursue an integrated curriculum that introduces both basic and clinical sciences. The use of innovative patient simulators as well as standardized patient actors will provide you with experiential learning and proficiency modalities reflective of actual clinical procedure and practice. You will also experience four months in our Community Healthcare Centers, where you will be introduced to the realities of patient care in underserved communities in Philadelphia.

Third and fourth year curriculum

In your third and fourth years, you will hone your skills by working in some of the finest teaching hospitals in the greater Philadelphia area. You will be exposed to a broad scope of medical problems, gradually assuming more responsibility under the direction of experienced physicians. Through participation in rounds, lectures, conferences, morning reports and case presentations, you will develop skills in history taking, physical examination, differential diagnosis as well as invasive and non-invasive procedures.

Through it all, you will have the PCOM community behind you, supporting you in every way to help you become the competent, confident health professional you aspire to be.

Visit the Choose DO website to learn more about the osteopathic profession.

Career Options

Primary care residency specialties

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 (OBGYN)
  • Pediatrics
Other residency specialties

Recent graduates also entered a variety residency specialties including:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • General surgery
  • Neurological surgery
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery
  • Pathology
  • Physical medicine and rehab
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology - diagnostic
  • Urological surgery
  • Urology
  • And more.


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

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.

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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Contact Us

For more information about the program, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@pcom.edu or 800-999-6998.

Program Highlights


Our osteopathic curriculum involves four years of academic study, with an emphasis on preventive medicine and holistic patient care, leading to the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).


Many DOs complete a residency program in a specialty area, which typically requires two to six years of additional training.


DOs receive extra training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) – using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.


Although a large medical school, the curriculum presents plenty of opportunities for discussion and development of relationships with faculty.


As practicing clinicians and scientists, PCOM faculty are actively engaged in research, and thus bring a cutting-edge perspective to their classroom teaching.