Early Careers in Community Medicine Program - Oxley College of Health Sciences

The Early Careers in Community Medicine (ECCM) program provides highly qualified undergraduate students at The University of Tulsa with a unique opportunity to pursue an early provisional acceptance into the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine program, leading to an M.D. degree.

Students may apply for the ECCM program as early as their senior year in high school. Only five freshmen may enter this prestigious program each year.

To be eligible for the ECCM program, students must meet the application requirements below. Finalists for the ECCM program will be interviewed by representatives from both TU and OU.

ECCM students may select any major at TU but must receive a minor in one of the following areas considered essential to community medicine: anthropology, sociology, health informatics, biomedical engineering or law, policy and society.

ECCM students must meet or exceed the MCAT and GPA score of the previous year’s entering medical school class in order to be granted provisional acceptance without an interview. Students who do not meet that standard may still be considered through the traditional admission path as delineated by OU College of Medicine.

In order to be admitted to OU College of Medicine, provisionally accepted applicants must meet all academic and professional requirements and standards as defined by the OU-COM policy. They also must submit a completed application through the American Medical College Application Service and meet all deadlines prior to matriculation. Provisionally accepted applicants may matriculate through the Oklahoma City or Tulsa track.

For more information on this transformative program, please contact Jeffrey Alderman, MD, MS, Associate Dean for Medical Education at jeffrey-alderman@utulsa.edu.


  • Provisional Acceptance to OU

    Benefits of provisional acceptance to OU College of Medicine

    • Access to scholarships from an endowed scholarship fund for students who are accepted to the Tulsa School of Community Medicine track has been made possible through the generosity of the William K. Warren Foundation and Saint Francis Health System.
    • Interview process for medical school complete upon acceptance into the program if academic standards are met upon graduation from TU.
    • Undergraduate participation alongside medical students in the OU School of Community Medicine Summer Institute, which provides students and faculty an in-depth look at the health needs of the Tulsa area.
    • 1:1 advising by TU and OU faculty Participation in a pre-med undergraduate honors program
    • ECCM students meet with their faculty mentor on a monthly basis to discuss contemporary topics in healthcare. Examples include: the practice of medicine, mental health, and community disparities. Prominent guest speakers from the Tulsa community often lead the conversation.
  • Requirements

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be considered for the ECCM program, applicants must meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply.

    • ACT score of 33 or higher
    • SAT score of 1450 or higher

    Application Requirements

    • Submit a completed application for university admission to TU. Deadline has been extended to January 21.
    • Submit a completed Special Programs Application. Deadline to apply has been extended to January 21.
    • Submit a letter of recommendation from a community member or educator who is familiar with the student’s commitment to service and learning by January 21. Letters of recommendation should be emailed to apply@utulsa.edu with the subject line ECCM Letter of Recommendation.
  • Prerequisites

    Medical School Prerequisites

    Science & Math

    • BIOL 1603/1611
    • BIOL 1703/1711
    • BIOL 2124/2120
    • CHEM 1013/1011
    • CHEM 1023/2021
    • CHEM 3013/3011
    • CHEM 3023/3021
    • PHYS 1013/1011 OR PHYS 2053/2051 (the latter requires Calculus I)
    • PHYS 1023/1021 OR PHYS 2063/2061 (the latter requires Calculus II)
    • MATH: Variable, from no requirement to MATH 2014 + MATH 2024


    • ENG 1033 and 3003 (or equivalents) Other: Variable, various social sciences highly recommended; science or
      math majors generally use BLOCK II courses to fulfill these pre-requisites (see below)


    Science & Math

    • CHEM 4133 (needed for MCAT preparation)
    • BIOL 3xxx or BIOL 4xxx (upper- division course in biological science)


    • SOC 1033 (needed for MCAT preparation)
    • PSY 2253 (needed for MCAT preparation)
    • STAT 2013 (or equivalent; advisable for MCAT preparation)