ORU/OSU Health Sciences Sign Agreement
Oral Roberts University has signed an agreement with the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences that will provide students with a special opportunity to be admitted into OSU’s doctor of osteopathic medicine program.
Howard Barnett, president of -Tulsa and Center for Health Sciences, praised the partnership as a way to help meet the healthcare needs of the state.
“OSU in Tulsa believes the early assurance agreement between and OSU’s medical school will ultimately increase the number of highly skilled physicians serving underserved areas, including many urban neighborhoods and rural areas of Oklahoma,” Barnett says. “OSU recruits from the brightest talent pool in the state and welcomes the opportunity to have more potential students become physicians.”
President Mark Rutland knows the students entering this program will be prepared to succeed.
“This partnership with the Center for Health Science is one that I know will benefit both universities and Oklahoma,” says Rutland. “The unique, whole person education at will give those students entering this excellent D.O. program a foundation for success. This newly formed program will produce many fine physicians committed to improving the health of the state.”
This early assurance program will grant conditional admission to OSU’s medical school program provided students perform well academically in core science courses, earn a high overall and score at about the national level of the Medical College Admission Test (). Once these criteria have been met, the applicant will then be accepted upon satisfactory evaluations of the applicant’s file and the interview process.
“ORU’s whole person philosophy of body, mind and spirit is very compatible with the – philosophy of holistic medicine, and as such many students are attracted to this D.O. program for their choice of medical school,” says Dr. Hal Reed, department chair and health professions advisor.
Several students have graduated from the medical school in the past decade. Currently, three alumni are first-year medical students at and three more students have been accepted into next year’s class of medical students.
“I believe this program will promote ORU’s pre-health profession program as an ideal environment for Oklahoma students to obtain their pre-medical training,” Reed says.
For more information on the pre-med track through ORU’s College of Science and Engineering, call admissions at 800-678-8876 or go to www.oru.edu.