OM 1015: Osteopathic Principles and Practice I

Class Program
Credits 3

This course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the principles and philosophies of osteopathic medicine. This understanding will allow students to build a foundation of osteopathic knowledge and provide every student the chance to offer their patients an integrative approach to medical care. The course will emphasize diagnosis and palpation using current anatomic, biomechanical, functional, and physiologic principles and provide a foundation for continued education and development within the art and science of Osteopathic Medicine.

All seven core competencies of the Osteopathic Profession are addressed in a variety of ways in the course. In addition, medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal communication skills, and professionalism are woven into the labs during hands on interactions with faculty members and fellow students. The course is designed to be foundational in knowledge, with clinical application emphasized when appropriate, to help the students learn not only the lexicon of OMM but also its application in medical care.

The department employs several physicians who integrate Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine into their practices. They bring years of success, clinical experience, and biomedical knowledge to their teachings. The faculty also works in conjunction with other departments to complement and integrate the knowledge you will receive from them. Whenever possible, the OPP curriculum is designed to integrate with the Clinical Anatomy courses and Principles of Clinical Medicine courses to help reinforce, enhance, and integrate your knowledge of anatomic relationships as they apply to osteopathic principles and treatment and the clinical care of patients.


Successful completion of all Year 1 coursework.