OSU Center for Health Sciences — BS Biology to Pre-Doctoral Medical Training

The 3+1 Program allows students to complete their pre-doctoral medical training in seven years by completing three years of undergraduate education at MACU and four years of medical education at OSU-CHS.  Students apply to the 3+1 Program in their sophomore year at MACU.  After meeting the academic requirements listed in Exhibit A and completing the first year of medical school, MACU will award an undergraduate degree to students accepted in the 3+1 Program.

To be eligible for the 3+1 Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full-time student enrolled at Mid-America Christian University;
  • Have been enrolled in an undergraduate institution for no more than three (3) semesters at the time of application (excluding concurrent coursework taken during high school); and
  • Major in Biology;
  • Achieve a minimum 3.5 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 3.5 science GPA at the time of application to OSU-CHS;
  • Fulfill the academic requirements specified in Exhibit A;
  • Courses earned as concurrent enrollment or received AP credit will be accepted;
  • Science GPA will be calculated according to the course subject categories defined by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS);
  • Complete 45 or more credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree at the time of application to OSU-CHS;
  • Complete at least 50 hours participating in a health-related setting at the time of application;
  • Submit a complete application for admission through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) by February 28 of sophomore year;
  • Submit a complete secondary/supplemental application for admission by March 30 of sophomore year;
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a MACU Advisor;
  • Participate in a personal interview with the OSU-CHS Admissions Committee during the spring semester of sophomore year; and
  • Submit a verification form to verify that the applicant will complete their academic requirements to earn their bachelor’s degree after their first year at OSU-COM. The form must be completed by the student and signed by the Pre-Health Advisor or Academic Advisor at the time of application.

Students must meet with their Academic Advisor annually at MACU to review the course sequence for the 3+1 Program to ensure all academic requirements for their undergraduate degree and the 3+1 Program are met before matriculating to OSU-CHS.

Students who meet these requirements will be eligible for the 3+1 Program. Students must check the appropriate box on their secondary/supplemental application to indicate they are applying through the 3+1 Program and that they have met the 3+1 Program requirements. Following an in-person interview, a member of the Admissions Committee and the Director of Admissions will notify applicants of the Admissions Committee’s decision the May following the applicant’s interview. The applicant will either be granted provisional acceptance into the 3+1 Program or be invited to apply for admission as a traditional applicant in a later application cycle. OSU-CHS is not required to admit any certain number of 3+1 Program applicants.

Students who are provisionally accepted into the 3+1 Program must fulfill the following requirements to maintain their acceptance:

  • Complete all remaining undergraduate coursework required for the approved 3+1-degree plan during their junior year at MACU;
  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.5 and a science GPA of at least 3.5. GPA will be calculated at the time of application and upon completion of their undergraduate degree coursework before the student matriculates to OSU-CHS;
  • Submit a qualifying score of at least 492 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) by April 30 of their junior year.
  • In May of junior year, submit transcripts from MACU to OSU-CHS indicating that the student has met all academic requirements for the 3+1 Degree Plan as outlined below;
  • The Chairperson of the Science/Math department or designee will provide documentation indicating the student has met the academic requirements by the end of the student’s junior year;
  • The Chairperson of the Science/Math department or designee will provide documentation stating any student violations or conduct issues on the student’s record in May of their junior year; and
  • OSU-COM may revoke admissions to the 3+1 Program to any student with student conduct, Title IX, or similar violations.

After completing the first year of medical school at OSU-CHS and before enrolling in courses for the second year of medical school, 3+1 Program students must:

  • Apply for graduation to MACU by April 1 to be included in the spring commencement ceremony. Students will not officially graduate in May until the degree is conferred in the summer, but they can participate in the ceremony.
  • While a student at OSU-CHS, the 3+1 Program students are subject to OSU-CHS policies and procedures.


First Year***

Fall Semester
BIOL 1214 Biology I for majors*
ENGL 1103 English Composition I* 
MATH 1513 College Algebra (or higher math)
POLS 1103 National Government  
UNIV 1121 First Year Evangel        
14 hours

Spring Semester
BINT 1223 Introduction to the Bible
BIOL 1314 Biology II for majors *
COMM 1103 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
ENGL 1203 English Composition II*
MATH 3703 Introduction to Statistics
16 hours

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
BIOL 2114 General Zoology
BIOL 3114 Human Anatomy
CHEM 1105 General Chemistry I
MATH 2114 Calculus I & Analytic Geometry
17 hours

BIOL XXXX Course Slot Open (as needed)  
PSYC/ENGL Course Slot Open (as needed)     

Spring Semester
THEO 1103 Biblical Life and Witness
BIOL 3214 Human Physiology
CHEM 1205 General Chemistry II*
PHYS 2104 Physics I*           
16 hours

Junior Year

Fall Semester
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I*     
CHEM 3102 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory* 
HIST 2103 or 2203 American History I or II
PHYS 2204 Physics II*               
BIOL 3305 Microbiology      
17 hours

Spring Semester
BIOL 3334 Cell Biology
BIOL 4213 History of Science
BIOL 4314 or 4774 Embryology or Parasitology
BIOL 4501 Biology Research
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II*
CHEM 3202 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory*
17 hours

* Prerequisites courses required for the 3+1 OSU-CHS program.

** Summer may be utilized between Freshman and Sophomore or Sophomore and Junior year it is set aside for student hardship. This will allow a student to catch up due to unforeseen circumstances or opportunities to fulfill graduation requirements.

***Rationale for First Year: The School of Science/Math believes that a less “loaded” first-year will reassure incoming first-year students as they become acclimated to college life, thus increasing retention.

Notes on the Mid-America Christian University Core Curriculum

University Core coursework may be taken in a different sequence with advisor approval but must be completed before enrolling at OSU-CHS. Mid-America Christian University’s general education requirements are listed in the following table. Some of these courses also fulfill requirements in the Biology Major.

University Core (46 Hours)
I. Communication (9 Hours)
II. U.S. History and Government (6 Hours)
III. Science (7 Hours) 
IV. Math (3 Hours)     
V. Social Sciences (3 Hours)       
VI. Humanities (6 Hours)
VII. Bible/Theology (12 Hours)

General Education Courses
ENGL 1103, ENGL 1203, and COMM 1103
POLS 1103 and HIST 2103/2203
BIOL 1133 General Nutrition and BIOL 2104 Environmental Science and Lab
MATH 1513 College Algebra
PSYC 1103 Introduction to Psychology
ENGL xxxx Literature and HIST/GEOG
BINT 1223, THEO 1103, BINT 3733, and BINT 3303