The modified-attendance format of the program requires students to attend classes 5 days a month. The rest of the month is independent home study. This allows students to maintain employment and other personal responsibilities while taking on the program.
Semesters & Start Dates
The program runs on a 12 month schedule, rotating with Winter and Summer semesters. One semester is dedicated to class work, the other for practical training. Students can begin the program in September or in March. If students choose the Fall Start, their classes will run in the winter semester, and they will complete practical training in the summer semester. If students choose a Spring Start, they will have classes in the summer and practical training in the winter. Classroom semester module dates are fixed, practical training dates are flexible. Students often choose their start date, based on which time of year is better suited personally for each component.
The Inductions course can be started anytime and can be completed in as little as 2 months for added flexibility.
During the classroom semester, students come to the college for class one week per month – Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily – for a total of 6 times over the semester. Dates for classroom modules are set far in advance and attendance at all modules is mandatory. Between classroom modules students have a significant amount of self-study/homework. To keep up with the course load during this semester, we recommend allotting 4+ hours of study for every single day that you are away from the college.
• Anatomy & Orthopaedics
• Physiology & Pathophysiology
• Osteopathic Theory
• Osteopathic Manual Manipulation
• Sociology, Psychology, & Nutrition
During the practical semester, students are responsible for accumulating their practical hours. 1000 total practical hours required to graduate.
• Working in the CAO Student Clinic
• Mentoring Partnerships
• Shadowing Preceptors
• Table Tutoring in OMM classes
• Lecture Auditing