Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

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At Oklahoma State University, making a difference is our driving force 

OSU is committed to preparing students to help others improve their well-being and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether your dream is to be a physician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, public health professional, athletic trainer, dentist, nurse, dietitian, recreational therapist, or other health professional, there is a path for you at OSU. 

Before aspiring medical professionals even arrive at OSU, they are plugged in to resources designed to guide them every step of the way.  Our pre-professional advising office has created health care field toolboxes available online and offers specialized courses for current students—such as Introduction to Health Careers, Health Professional School Preparation, Exploring the Medical Profession Through an Osteopathic Perspective, and Health Portfolio and Self-Development—to help you find the perfect career track for you. 

Our undergraduate health programs provide a strong foundation that fulfills the prerequisites needed for admission to health-related graduate programs, including medical school and multiple allied health professions. Majors such as Applied Exercise Science, Health Education and Promotion, Nutritional Sciences, and Recreational Therapy are among the many pathways you can choose on your journey toward a future in health care. 

No matter which undergraduate major you select, OSU faculty and staff are ready and eager to craft and navigate your pathway to a fulfilling career.

OSU Medicine
Though every medical school graduate is called “doctor,” there’s more to being a Cowboy.

The medical school is just one facet of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences. As a land-grant institution, OSU Medicine is at the heart of an unprecedented rural health initiative, groundbreaking addiction research, and a partnership with the Cherokee Nation that will celebrate the opening of the first tribally affiliated medical school in the country in 2020. 

With primary care access being a key factor in patients’ long-term care, OSU is working to ensure that rural areas receive needed care and improved health outcomes by training the next generation of rural physicians and health care professionals. The 3+1 Program can help achieve those goals by providing a shorter pathway for students to complete the requirements for both a bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in seven years instead of the customary eight. 

In addition to its rural emphasis, OSU also provides direct medical services through the OSU Medical Center, which serves the Tulsa community. OSU Medicine operates a network of 20 clinics in Tulsa and surrounding communities. 

In March 2019, OSU made national headlines with the announcement of the establishment of a nearly $200 million endowment to benefit the National Center for Wellness & Recovery at OSU Medicine. The endowment was part of a major settlement in the state’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma.

OSU is now the national epicenter of addiction research and treatment, and a new chapter is being written in OSU’s storied history as Oklahoma’s premier academic medical institution. 

Whatever your passion—primary care or pursuing a medical specialty, rural health or innovative research—OSU is the gateway to a fulfilling career in health and medicine. 

Another innovative hallmark of OSU Medicine, the Blue Coat to White Coat program is geared toward FFA members to inspire them to choose a career in medicine, and the OKStars & Native OKStars Summer Research program gives high school upperclassmen the opportunity to partner with faculty members to conduct cutting-edge research. The Pre-health Roundup program connects high school students with informative, interactive experiences to explore all OSU Medicine has to offer, while Operation Orange—a free mini-medical summer camp at six locations across Oklahoma—and Dr. Pete’s Medical Immersion Camp give students a springboard into hands-on learning.

The OSU Medical Center in Tulsa is one of the nation’s largest osteopathic teaching facilities. There are 11 residency programs and nine fellowship programs at OSU Medical Center that train more than 150 residents annually in primary care and sub-specialties. The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained more than 2,400 physicians.

Class sizes are kept small to foster a learning environment that’s student focused, allowing for one-on-one learning with faculty, physician mentors, and other students. 

Since 2016, the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has had a 100% residency placement rate. 



Why choose OSU?

Students across our undergraduate programs practice and achieve excellence as they pursue graduate and professional school as well as health careers:
• 100% of Nutritional Sciences/Pre-medical majors were admitted to medical or dental schools or colleges of osteopathic medicine on their initial round of applications (among graduating seniors in spring 2018).
• 85% of Nutritional Sciences/Allied Health majors were admitted to chiropractic, physician assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy, occupational therapy, or nursing schools on their initial round of applications (among graduating seniors in spring 2018).
• 80% of graduating seniors achieved a dietetic internship match, well above the national average of 50% (among graduating seniors in spring 2018).
• Recreational Therapy majors graduate with 80% more internship experience than is expected for national credentialing as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
• Health Education and Promotion majors complete 400 hours of practical experience geared toward their chosen health profession as an integrated part of their degree plan.

Students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and the opportunity to perform innovative, impactful research alongside nationally recognized, expert faculty as early as their freshman year at OSU.
• OSU’s Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory uses state-of-the-art technology to investigate physiological changes with aging, training, fatigue, disease, and more.
• In the Laboratory for Applied Nutrition & Exercise Science, you can experience a variety of experimental techniques to study molecular and physiological effects of nutritional variables in animal and human models.

Learn from OSU’s unique faculty experts with clinical experience who are conducting research in their fields and bringing all that experience into the classroom.

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