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Ohio University Medical School Early Acceptance Program

John Carroll University and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) have established a new partnership to help talented Ohio high school seniors reserve an assured seat in medical school.

Annually, up to 10 John Carroll students from Ohio can gain early admission to OU-HCOM, the only osteopathic medical school in the state. OU-HCOM is recognized nationally for its excellence in preparing primary care physicians.

Information & Requirements

Students in this program first pursue an undergraduate program at John Carroll for four years. Upon completing your studies at JCU, you’ll seamlessly transition to a reserved seat in OU-HCOM’s medical school. (Students must fulfill all program requirements and meet certain academic standards.) OU-HCOM waives its Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) requirement for students in the early acceptance program.

JCU’s Pre-Health Professions Office is dedicated to assisting students interested in medicine and related careers. JCU is one of the few liberal arts universities in the nation with a physician-in-residence who is available to help advise pre-health students.

JCU pre-health students can conduct advanced research with faculty and gain valuable internship experience at world-class healthcare institutions in Cleveland. Students in the JCU/OU early acceptance program also have opportunities to connect with current OU-HCOM students and activities, providing insight into life as a medical student.

Students accepted to the program study for four years at JCU, earning a bachelor’s degree, followed by four years of medical school at OU-HCOM.

Students can complete all four years of medical school at OU-HCOM’s main campus in Athens, Ohio; its new Northeast Ohio campus in affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic; or its Dublin, Ohio, campus.

Initial Requirements

  • Qualified applicants must be an established Ohio resident and, in accordance with OU-HCOM policy, be a U.S. citizen or hold permanent resident status.
  • Applicants must have a minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicants must have taken a rigorous high school curriculum that includes four years each of high school English, math, and science (including biology, chemistry and physics).

Other Selected Requirements

  • Program students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 and a science cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher during the undergraduate degree at JCU.
  • Students must meet other course prerequisite and admission/application requirements of OU-HCOM.
  • The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) requirement by OU-HCOM will be waived. However, students will be required to take an MCAT practice test to gauge their standardized test-taking proficiency.


Applicants must first apply and be admitted to JCU by our priority scholarship deadline of December 1.

Supplemental application information required by OU-HCOM must be submitted no later than January 10th.

  • Complete the application through OU-HCOM.
  • JCU will select candidates to be interviewed by OU-HCOM. The interviews typically take place in mid to late February with a decision made by March 1.
  • If chosen by OU-HCOM, successful applicants will be granted their conditional admission to the OU-HCOM program prior to beginning their first year at JCU.