Frequently Asked Questions 
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program


What is a DO?

DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is a fully trained physician who prescribes drugs, performs surgery and selectively utilizes all accepted scientific methods of treatment to maintain and restore health. DOs graduate from colleges of osteopathic medicine and are qualified to be licensed to practice all specialties of medicine and surgery in all 50 states. DOs employ the osteopathic philosophy which states that DOs treat disease in the context of the whole person, considering the function and interrelation of all body systems, as well as factors such as nutrition, environment and psychology. The musculoskeletal system can impede essential blood and nerve supply. To correct disorders that arise from this and restore proper functioning, DOs use manipulative therapy as an additional modality of treatment.

What is OMM?

Osteopathic manipulative medicine, or OMM, involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMM, an osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques which include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

What are the requirements for admission to the program?

Please review our Doctor of Osteopathic (DO) Medicine application requirements for detailed information regarding the application process, tuition and related topics.

What courses will I take?

The course sequence page features an overview of the DO course listings.

How long does it take to obtain a degree?

The program requires four years of full-time study to complete.

Where will I do my clerkships?

Third- and fourth-year clinical clerkships take place in affiliated hospitals, health care centers and in numerous outpatient facilities and physicians’ offices, in both rural and urban settings. It is also possible to arrange elective rotations throughout the U.S. and around the world.

What are the match rates for PCOM DO students?

Students graduating from colleges of osteopathic medicine currently have the opportunity to apply to residency programs through the AOA (American Osteopathic Association), the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) as well as the military. View our DO program statistics for recent institutional match rates.

What are the board pass rates for PCOM DO students?

View our DO program statistics for details regarding recent institutional COMLEX I, II and III pass rates.

Where can I get additional information?

For additional information, please complete the request information form or contact the admissions office at 678-225-7500 or

Where can I find information regarding the AOA and ACGME single accreditation?

You can find out more information regarding the residency merger at the American Associate of College of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

How will the change to the AACOM Grade Replacement Policy affect application review?

The Faculty Committee on Admissions follows a holistic approach in reviewing applications for the DO program. Our committee members look not only at grades and test scores when evaluating applications, but also read the entire application as submitted by the applicant, along with the letters of recommendation and personal statements. There are no cutoffs or minimums. Our admissions process will continue to be what it has been and will be unaffected by the change in the AACOMAS policy.