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Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSUCOM)

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Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
3200 S. University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328

Main phone: (866) 817-4068
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Admissions office
Email: hpdadmissionsinfo@nova.edu
Phone: (866) 817-4068
Admissions Website

General Information

Mission Statement

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program in the College of Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to student-centered osteopathic medical education to produce exemplary osteopathic physicians known for competent and compassionate care.

COM Description

The Health Professions Division, with a student body of nearly 8,000, is home to Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine—the first osteopathic college established in the southeastern United States. As a student in the Health Professions Division of Nova Southeastern University, you can anticipate a remarkable experience. You will train, study, interact, and share facilities, faculty, and resources with other health professions students.

Campus setting: 
Suburban Fort Lauderdale - Davie, FL setting 

Year founded: 1979

Type: Private, non-profit

Accreditation: 
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Institutional affiliation: 
Nova Southeastern University

Facilities:
Located on a beautiful 314-acrea campus in Fort Lauderdale, NSU has nearly 22,000 students. It is the second largest, private, nonprofit university in the Southeast and 1 of only 37 universities (out of more than 4,000) that have earned designations for both High Research Activity and Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university comprises undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools of osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, optometry, health care sciences, nursing, medical sciences, dental medicine, law, marine biology and oceanography, business and entrepreneurship, aviation, education, engineering and computing, conflict resolution, arts humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, family therapy, psychology and counseling, and early childhood and autism studies.

Student residence options: 
The Rolling Hills Graduate Apartments are located approximately one mile west of the NSU main campus and houses approximately 373 graduate, doctoral, and professional students. Each single and quad room is fully furnished and features a kitchen, bathroom, and a living room.

Off-campus housing services provide incoming and current students with rental information concerning all types of local housing. Other resources include a roommate-finder service, moving tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and location area resource links to help make your move easier.

2016-2017 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 994
  • Total male: 550
  • Total female: 444
  • First-year enrollment: 248
  • First-year male: 147
  • First-year female: 101
  • First-year in-state: 157
  • First-year out-of-state: 91
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 22,000

Curricular Offerings

The Health Professions Division is unique in that it has been developed as an interdisciplinary educational center from its inception. The division was founded on the concept that the interdisciplinary approach to education is beneficial to students of all professions and that by preparing students to work effectively with health care providers from different fields, barriers are broken and patient care is enhanced. Over the past 35 years, NSU's Health Professions Division has developed into a multidisciplinary academic health center of international stature. Comprising the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, Optometry, Health Care Sciences, Nursing, and Medical Sciences, the Health Professions Division has redoubled its commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and community service while expanding its mission in research and scholarship. Together as a team, the distinguished faculty prepares students for an exciting career on tomorrow's dynamic health care team.

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) is a professional degree that requires four years of professional study. Our innovative curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission to produce exemplary osteopathic physicians known for competent and compassionate care.

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

BA/DO
Bachelor of Arts /Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/DO – Students in the 3+4 program will receive a bachelor's degree after successfully completing their first year in Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and will receive their DO degree after successfully completing four years of education in the program. After successfully completing a bachelor’s degree and the requirements for the 4+4 program, students enter the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Those students will receive their DO degree after successfully completing four years of study in the program.

BS/DO
Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine – Students in the 3+4 program will receive a bachelor's degree after successfully completing their first year in Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and will receive their DO degree after successfully completing four years of education in the program. After successfully completing a bachelor’s degree and the requirements for the 4+4 program, students enter the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Those students will receive their DO degree after successfully completing four years of study in the program

DO/MBA
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master of Business Administration – The Master of Business Administration program runs in conjunction with the H. Wayne Huizenza School of Business. 

DO/MPH
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master of Public Health – The Master of Public Health program is designed to prepare students to define, critically assess, and resolve public health problems. The program emphasizes acquisition of knowledge and skills for promoting health, preventing disease, and conducting research.

DO/MS
DO/MS - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master of Science in Nutrition – Based upon the 2010 Patient Protection and Health Care Affordability Act Congress has put an increased demand on the health care delivery system for preventive services, which includes nutrition in almost all areas in primary care. NSU's new Master of Science in Nutrition provides an excellent interprofessional graduate degree for student leaders who want to integrate nutrition into the field of osteopathic medicine and to enable those who want to practice in the profession of nutrition and dietetics to meet their academic requirements so they can enter the field.

DO/MSBI
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics – The Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics trains future leaders in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of information technology as it relates to the health care environment, which includes hospitals, health care delivery systems, health information technology system vendors, eHealth companies, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions.

DO/MSDEM
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management – The Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management trains future leaders in the field of emergency operations and is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and applied skills needed to work in this rapidly growing field.

DO/DMD
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Doctor of Dental Medicine – This program was designed to address the access to care issue and meet the needs of underserved populations, Nova Southeastern University's College of Dental Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine have structured a curriculum that provides students with an opportunity to receive a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) and a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree. This DO/DMD Dual- Degree Program is symbiotic with the missions of both schools. Graduates of this program will be prepared to use a totally holistic approach to health care that will address preventive medicine and general dentistry, as well as access to care issues, and meet the needs of the rural and underserved populations.

DO/JD
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Juris Doctoral – This program allows student to earn a Juris Doctoral degree in a complementary discipline and in a compressed time frame.

Preparatory Programs

Master of Biomedical Sciences Degree
The Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.) is a program for students to demonstrate that they can be successful in either the Nova Southeastern University's osteopathic medical program. Students are trained in human biology and medicine to improve their academic credentials in order to be considered for admission to our professional schools. Those enrolled in this program take basic science courses, along with dental and osteopathic medicine students. Courses offered include gross anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, pathology and pharmacology.

Students who have successfully completed one year in this program will be considered for admission into the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, pending a completed application to the respective program. M.B.S. students who have successfully finished two years of this program will receive the master's degree and then will be considered for admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine after completing an application to the professional program.

Special Programs

Clinical Training Program
A notable aspect of our clinical training program is a three-month clinical rotation at a rural or urban underserved area. Students will have the opportunity to learn about health care needs of various cultural and ethnic groups whose lifestyles and attitudes toward health care differ from those the student will see in more traditional sites.It is an enriching educational experience, in which students may select an international site for one of the three months.

  • Osteopathic Principles and Practice Fellowship with a scholarship
  • Research Fellowship with a scholarship
  • International Medical Programs
  • Required Community Service

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2017)
  • Primary application deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Submission timing for best consideration:
    NSU-COM works on a rolling admissions basis. Therefore it is in the applicant's best interest to apply early. For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to this school's latest filing date.  

Admissions Process

NSU-COM participates in the American Association of colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) for the receipt and processing of all applications. Applicants must submit applications and all supporting documents electronically through AACOMAS online no later than January 15. Materials include:

  1. A completed AACOMAS
  2. An official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
  3. MCAT scores (Must be no more than three years prior to the date the AACOMAS application is submitted)
  4. A letter of recommendation from a physician and from the pre-professional committee or if such a committee does not exist, three letters of evaluation (two from science professors and one from a non-science professor) are necessary. (If the applicant has been out of school for at least two years, and his/her professors are no longer available, the applicant should contact the admissions counselor.)

Upon NSU's receipt of the AACOMAS application, NSU-COM will forward an online secondary application to the student. The applicant must submit a completed secondary application and a nonrefundable application fee of $50 no later than March 1st in order to be considered for admissions.

First-year class matriculants' selection factors: 
The Committee on Admissions recommends applicants to the dean based on demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, compassion, and commitment to the osteopathic medical profession.

International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: 
Yes

MCAT

  • Oldest MCAT considered: Must be no older than three years prior to the date the AACOMAS application is submitted.
  • Accept September 2017 MCAT scores: Yes
  • Accept January 2018 MCAT scores: Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Interfolio
  • Paper

Interview Format

A personal interview is part of the admission process. However, being interviewed is not a guarantee of admission. Upon completion of the applicant's file, a review will be made to determine if the candidate will be granted an interview. Not all applicants will be granted an interview, and only those applicants whose files are completed will be considered. The Office of Admissions will notify selected candidates for interview. The interview experience is a full day and includes:

  1. Meeting with the NSU-COM Admissions Counselor
  2. Information regarding the committee on admissions committee decision process
  3. Overview presentation of the curriculum, facilities, and student support
  4. Private interview with a small team of faculty members
  5. Tour of the medical college facility by Student Ambassadors
  6. Experience NSU-COM as a student
  7. Interactive lunch session
  8. Questions and Answers with the Dean of NSU-COM
  9. Campus bus tour of the NSU campus

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/1/2017
  • Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Supplemental application requirements:
    Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine requires the completion of a secondary application. Upon receipt of the AACOMAS application, NSU-COM will forward an online NSU application to the applicant. The applicant should submit the NSU application along with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.
  • Fee waiver available: Yes
  • Waiver conditions: 
    AACOMAS fee waiver received. Fees are paid at the time of submission of supplemental application and are refunded once AACOMAS waiver is verified.
  • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
    All applicants
  • Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses

Required:

  • Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Physics, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Biochemistry, 3 semester hours with lab

Recommended:

  • Genetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Immunology

Non-Science Courses

Required:

  • College English, 6 semester hours

Recommended:

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Math/Statistics
  • Humanities

Acceptances

Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
  • Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
  • Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
  • Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
  • Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
  • Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: Maximum time varies based on the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines
  • Earliest acceptance date: 10/1/2017
  • Latest acceptance date: Until class is filled
  • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/30/2018

Early Decision Program

  • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No     

First-Year Class Matriculants

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity 

Matriculants from the 2015-2016 application cycle.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 36.99%
  • Black or African-American: 0.91%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 13.70%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 36.53%
  • Multiple Races: 3.20%
  • Undisclosed: 8.68%   

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 62%
  • Non-Science majors: 38%
  • Graduate degree(s): 20%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2016-17 annual resident tuition: $49,639
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident tuition: $54,807
  • 2016-17 annual resident fees: $2,760
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident fees: $2,760
  • 2016-17 annual health insurance fee: $1,998
  • Fees include:
    • Student Services
    • Student Activities
    • Other
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $28,709
  • Average 2016 graduate indebtedness: $259,422

Deposit

  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,250, non-refundable
  • Additional deposit amount: $750
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 80%
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: $14,479