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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, DO Degree Program

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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree

Answer your call to the medical field and improve lives through the most comprehensive medical care available with a DO degree from Liberty University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM). Accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA-COCA), LUCOM will train you in taking a whole-person approach to patient treatment and care.

Through our four-year residential degree program, you’ll learn how to understand health and disease so you can effectively diagnose and treat in order to improve a patient’s quality of life. Here, you’ll gain specialized training in the musculoskeletal system combined with the latest advances in medical technology. Learn how to treat more than symptoms as you help your patients achieve health in mind, body, and spirit.

In LUCOM’s distinctly Christian environment, you’ll be taught by experienced professors who place an emphasis on research, family, faith, ethics, professionalism, and success.

Learn More About Getting Your DO Degree at LUCOM

Your Four Years as an Osteopathic Medical Student (OMS)

For more academic program information,  see the LUCOM academic catalog.

  • OMS-I: Learn through standardized patients, simulation encounters, and patient-care opportunities. Your courses will take a system-based look at the normal structure and function of the human body as well as the pathological processes that affect human health. You’ll also begin cadaveric education in the lab.
  • OMS-II: During OMS-II, your clinical experience expands with an increased opportunity to interact with standardized patients and high-fidelity simulators on campus. You’ll take system-organized courses with an emphasis on pathological conditions, and your lab-based learning will include advanced cadaveric education.
  • OMS-III: Work in clinical environments at one of LUCOM’s educational sites while studying best practices in each core discipline through online classes.
  • OMS-IV: Explore Graduate Medical Education (GME) opportunities through rotations — medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, and up to five local and global electives.

Career Opportunities with a DO Degree

As a board-certified osteopathic physician, you may practice in every state and in more than 65 countries worldwide. Licensed osteopathic physicians can:

  • Practice medicine in all medical specialties
  • Diagnose and treat patients
  • Prescribe medications
  • Perform surgery
  • Work in a hospital caring for patients with injuries or life-threatening illnesses
  • Teach future generations of physicians
  • Conduct research and work in laboratories
  • Study the cause of illnesses and look for better ways to treat diseases and injuries
  • Run medical centers