In 1855 Michigan State University was instituted.
There are 11 undergraduate and 13 graduate schools.
The school began as a private institution, the Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Pontiac. By
an act of the Michigan legislature in 1969, it gained
its current affiliation. The College of Osteopathic
Medicine opened in 1971.
4-year. Focuses on principles of normal and abnormal
structure and function, which are necessary to an
understanding of dysfunction in body systems of all
age groups. Clinical training and problem solving are
included at every level, progressing in difficulty,
adding topical information and reinforcing concepts.
The curriculum includes 1 year of integrated basic science courses, 1 year of systems biology courses, and 2
years of clinical clerkships that include ambulatory
and inpatient care in community hospitals and health
care agencies. The theories and applications of osteopathic manipulative medicine and osteopathic principles and practice are included at all levels of curriculum. In support of the school’s mission, the
curriculum is designed to increase the number of
graduates prepared to practice community-integrated
primary care medicine to address the health care
needs of the people of Michigan. This is accomplished
by providing a broader scope and greater depth of
practice in the ambulatory setting, by an increased
emphasis on practicing medicine as part of an interdisciplinary team, and by using technology for communication, information retrieval, and education.
Affiliated Teaching Hospitals
Several throughout the state, including many in the
Detroit metropolitan area.
University housing is available on campus and in the
Lansing/East Lansing area.
Completion of the MCAT and a minimum of 3 years
of college (but virtually all students have bachelor’s
degree by enrollment). The basic premedical science
courses are required as well as 2 courses (6 credits) in
English and in the behavioral sciences (psychology,
sociology, anthropology). A grade point average minimum of C (2.5) is required, but a near B is recommended. An MCAT total around 25 is also desirable.
Courses in biochemistry and genetics are strongly
recommended. Additional courses in biology such as
anatomy, cell biology, histology, and microbiology
are also recommended. A supplementary application
will be sent only to selected applicants. It may
include a request for an essay, nonacademic information, and evaluation forms. Decisions are made after
an applicant has been interviewed. There is an Early
Decision Program (EDP) for exceptional students
seeking admission only to this school. An entering
class of 125 students is anticipated and in-state students will predominate.