Medical colleges may offer Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree programs. These intensive programs prepare individuals to become licensed physicians and normally take at least 4 years of graduate study. Students usually complete two years of coursework and labs before completing another two years of clinical rotations at medical facilities. The rotations expose aspiring doctors to a variety of specialties, such as surgery, pediatrics and internal medicine. Additional clinical training through residency or internship programs is typically required for licensure.
Some schools offer combined degree options for medical students. These programs can take six or seven years and are suitable for those interested in doing medical research or working in healthcare administration.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma State University's College of Medicine focuses on osteopathic medicine and offers four different graduate programs in this field. Osteopathic students can attend Oklahoma State's medical school for research and academic purposes and learn at one of the university's 20 residency programs or seven fellowship programs, including St. Anthony Hospital and the Integris Southwest Medical Center.
The school's 4-year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) program is taught in a spiral curriculum, constantly building on and reinforcing what has been learned throughout the program. Students consult with physicians in the community and have several opportunities to complete an independent study. There is also a 24-month clerkship or internship experience involved.
OSU also offers students a 6-year dual degree program option that results in D.O. and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. This program gives students the opportunity to complete a degree in medical research or academic medicine. The first two years focus on the D.O. degree, and the second two years include graduate research as part of the Ph.D. The last two years make up the clinical science part of the D.O. degree. Courses include biology, medical biochemistry and statistics.
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University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
The University of Oklahoma's (OU) medical school is part of the Health Sciences Center located in Oklahoma City. The university offers various medical degree options, including a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and dual degree options that combine the M.D. degree with a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Ph.D. degree.
The standalone M.D. program takes four years of post-master's degree work. It involves two years of classroom- and lecture-based science study and is followed by two years of clinical coursework. OU's College of Medicine allows students to specialize in one of 18 areas, including dermatology, neurology, pediatric surgery and anesthesiology.
The M.D./MPH dual degree program is designed to prepare graduates to blend doctorial duties with administration and policy development in health care settings. The MPH is a professional degree program that offers emphasis areas in health promotion sciences, occupational and environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and health administration and policy.
The M.D./Ph.D. dual program is an intensive 7-year program. Ph.D. degrees for the dual degree program are available in eight areas, including neuroscience, cell biology, bioengineering and physiology. Students enter the program after receiving a master's degree and begin with a laboratory research project during the summer term. The program consists of two years of medical school followed by three years of specialty study for the Ph.D. and another two years of M.D. program requirements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Medical School Tuition|
|Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences||4-year, public; large city|| Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy Degree
|$22,835 (in-state), $44,966 (out-of-state) (2015-2016)*|
|University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center||4-year, public; large city|| Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy
|$20,900 (in-state), $48,982 (out-of-state) (2014-2015)**|
Sources: *Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, **University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center