Currently, the Indiana University School of Medicine is the only medical school in the state. However, in 2012, Marian University was approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association to begin admitting students for the 2013-2014 school year. Admission to either program will be difficult and students should prepare with a pre-med or science-heavy undergraduate degree in order to better compete with other applicants. Medical doctor programs include clinical and practicum requirements, allowing students to gain hands-on training applicable to their sub-field of choice.
Learn more about the medical doctor program options offered by Indiana University and the osteopathic medicine program available at Marian University.
Indiana University School of Medicine
This university's main campus is located in Indianapolis. However, students in its medical programs are assigned to any of nine regional campuses for the first two years of study. Although students may rank their campus preferences, the school does not promise to honor requests.
The school's Doctor of Medicine (MD) program requires four years of study. During the first two years of this program, students complete coursework at their assigned campus, learning about topics like anatomy, neuroscience, physiology and pathology. During their third and fourth years of study, students complete clinical rotations in psychiatry, general surgery and pediatrics. Clinical rotations are completed at locations throughout Indiana. Numerous Graduate Medical Education residency and fellowship programs are available. Examples of offered areas of focus for these programs include obstetrics, surgery and pathology.
The school also offers a Master of Science in Medical Science program that is designed to prepare students to attend an MD program. This master's degree program consists of 36 credit hours and takes two years to complete.
The School of Medicine offers numerous Doctor of Philosophy programs, such as anatomy and cell biology, pharmacology and toxicology. These programs are research focused and can be pursued in conjunction with the MD program by students who hope to become medical scientists.
Additionally, the school offers numerous dual degree programs. Examples include a Juris Doctor and MD program and an MD and Master of Public Health program. Enrolling in a dual degree program may reduce the overall time it would take students to complete both programs if pursued separately.
This school is located in Indianapolis and can begin instructing students on osteopathic medicine in the 2013-2014 school year. The school is permitted to admit 150 students to its first class, and the program will to take four years to complete. This school has provisional accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation until 2017, when it is scheduled to receive full accreditation status.
The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana is responsible for licensing medical doctors and osteopathic medicine doctors in the state. To become a licensed medical doctor, an individual must graduate from an approved medical school and pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination. To become a licensed osteopathic medical doctor, an individual must graduate from an approved osteopathic medical school and pass the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Medical Programs Offered||Annual Tuition|
|Indiana University School of Medicine||4-year; public; multiple locations|| Master of Science in Medical Science,
Doctor of Medicine,
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy,
Doctor of Medicine/Juris Doctor,
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration,
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health
|Rates for Doctor of Medicine program in 2016-2017: $33,682 in-state; $55,314 out-of-state*|
|Marian University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; large city||Osteopathic medicine program||Osteopathic medicine program tuition for 2016-2017: $47,200**|
Sources: *Indiana University School of Medicine, **Marian University.