Different Levels of a Doctor's College Degrees


A physician (M.D., D.O., D.P.M, or D.C.) must meet requirements for college education and credits before attaining status as a licensed practitioner of medicine.

The Facts

  • There are many doctoral degrees available in the medical professions, all with individual requirements for degree conferment. Admission requirements for medical degree programs can vary.

Doctor of Medicine

  • An undergraduate degree is typically required before entering medical school. Some schools do, however, allow three years of undergraduate credits. Candidates then study for four years in medical school to earn a doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree, followed by two to eight years of residency.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

  • The initials D.O. follow a physician with a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Osteopathic doctors and M.D.s have the same undergraduate and post-graduate training requirements.

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

  • Podiatrists, or D.P.M.s, are required to have at least three years of undergraduate credits, although a full degree is preferred. A four-year podiatric degree follows, with two to four years of residency after graduation.

Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

  • Chiropractors, or D.C.s, need two years of undergraduate course work before admission to a chiropractic program. A four-year undergraduate degree is preferred. Four years of doctoral coursework follows. No residency is required.


  • Photo Credit wax115/morgueFile.com
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

Can You Take Advantage Of Student Loan Forgiveness?

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!