In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid to help you on your path to medical school.
About the Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Program
Osteopathic medicine focuses on diagnoses of disease and illness and evaluation of injury. It uses drugs, surgery, and modern technology for treatment. Osteopathic doctors work in hospitals, clinics, research labs, and pharmaceutical companies. You’ll need an bachelor’s degree to start your path toward an osteopathic medical degree, which you’ll get at Wayne State. Recommended programs include the biology or chemistry pre-osteopathic medicine degree tracks to receive a solid foundation in the life or physical sciences. After graduating from WSC, you’ll be ready to move on to coursework at a professional osteopathic medical school. Wayne State now has a 3+1 partnership with Kansas City University, where you can complete your bachelor's degree in either biology or chemistry by spending three years at WSC and one year at KCU. Your year at KCU also counts as your first year of graduate school, so you can earn your bachelor's degree and doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in seven years instead of eight.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: This program is set up so you will receive a B.S. at WSC, then be ready to continue with graduate work at a professional school for osteopathic medicine.
Accelerated 3+1 program with Kansas City University: This program option is set up so you can receive your B.S. in biology or chemistry from WSC. After completing your undergraduate coursework, you'll continue and complete your doctorate of osteopathic medicine at KCU.
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120
Department: Life Sciences
Grades: C or better needed to enter medical school
Our Focus is Results
Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world in the pre-osteopathic medicine program.
- Critical thinking
- Scientific reasoning
- Data collection/analysis
- Scientific/clinical research interpretation
- Applied mathematics
- Applied biology and chemistry lab skills
- Molecular biology
- Osteopathic physician
- Family physician
- Primary care physician
- Regenerative medicine specialist
- General surgeon
- Rehabilitation physician
- Intervention radiologist
- Diagnostic medical specialist
- Internal medicine specialist
- Family practice director
- Clinical professor
- Private practices
- Hospitals and medical clinics
- Surgical centers
- Research labs
- Government organizations
- Non-profit organizations
- Medical research facilities
- Diagnostic medical centers
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Rehabilitation centers
- Schools, colleges, and universities
Learn from the Best
Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the pre-osteopathic medicine program.
Robert McCue, Ph.D.
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in the pre-osteopathic medicine program by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.
Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.
- Research, trips and more – Conduct your own research and even present your findings at regional conferences, help judge at the Nebraska Science Bowl and Junior Academy of Science Fairs, visit area science labs.
- Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
- Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Internships are not required for the pre-professional osteopathic medicine program at Wayne State College, as these are typically completed in your final years of professional school for degree completion. However, Career Services is available to help you find job opportunities if you are looking for field-related work experience.