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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. For most schools, you’ll need an undergraduate degree to start your path in osteopathy. At Wayne State, your bachelor’s degree would be in biology or chemistry. After graduating from WSC, you’ll be ready to move on to coursework at a professional osteopathy school.

Sample Program of Study

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

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. 


Suggested courses of study at WSC: Biology, Chemical Sciences, Health Sciences (Life Sciences)


Popular minors: Chemistry, Spanish


Hours required:
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 12


School: Natural and Social Sciences


Department: Life Sciences


Grades: C or better needed to enter medical school

Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Scholarships

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 a degree in osteopathic medicine.

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.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Critical thinking
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Data collection/analysis
  • Scientific/clinical research interpretation
  • Applied mathematics
  • Applied biology and chemistry lab skills
  • Molecular biology

Careers

Possible Careers

  • 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

Employers

Employers

  • 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, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. 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 a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning

Service-Learning

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.

Biology and Chemistry Student Activities

Opportunities

  • 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

Internships

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.

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