Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific’s curriculum consists of four years of full-time academic and clinical programs. A learner-centered, competency-based educational experience is infused with best practices spanning all educational methods. Our curriculum is designed to provide a medical education experience that succeeds through programmed innovation while optimizing outcomes and that will help shape the future of healthcare through skills of our future graduate.
See the University Catalog.
What Distinguishes DOs?
Osteopathic Medicine is a whole-person approach that emphasizes the body’s interconnectedness. Osteopathic physicians are trained to use a hands-on approach called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) for the patients, in addition to using traditional diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. DOs treat each patient as an individual, not a set of symptoms.
Beyond their basic and clinical medical training, Osteopathic physicians (DO) receive training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). That is, in addition to their basic science and clinical training, DOs are additionally able to use their hands to diagnose and treat injury and illness and encourage the body’s natural tendency toward good health. OMM enables physicians to treat their patients with the appropriate combination of medical procedures, medication, AND manipulation. This form of treatment can often result in immediate relief and/or increased speed of healing.
We have a nationally recognized program and offer you:
- A record of consistently high first-time pass rates for COMLEX board exams.
- Clinical training that develops professional and communication skills.
- A private health professions-focused institution that fosters interprofessional learning.
- Faculty who care deeply about students and are committed to their success.
- Long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first; treating students with respect; and fostering camaraderie among students.
- Outstanding student support services including tutoring and disability resources.
- Diverse student body and rich array of student club and volunteer opportunities.
- Great Southern California location with tremendous clinical training opportunities as well as access to major cultural and recreational resources.
- A chance to join well-respected WesternU-COMP alumni, who enjoy a lifelong connection with the University.
- Learn more about the academic outcomes of our graduates on the Academic Outcomes page.
The training you receive at WesternU will provide solid preparation for the postdoctoral training years that follow your undergraduate osteopathic medical education. We will help you build the foundation you need for a rewarding career as a physician caring for patients and their families.
Dual Enrollment Program
The Department of Population Health Science and Claremont Graduate University’s (CGU) School of Community and Global Health have designed the DO/MPH dual enrollment program at CGU for WesternU/COMP students who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the history, organization, philosophy, and theories that undergird public health practice and research. The MPH degree also provides an enhanced appreciation for the myriad social determinants of health, the importance of community-based health promotion interventions and program planning, as well as complexities of health services delivery.