Application Questions

For the 2016-17 application cycle, the AACOMAS System will open on May 4.  Secondary applications to Nova Southeastern University are available on June 1. it is suggested that you apply as early as possible to allow adequate processing time and meet firm deadlines.

Yes, however, please note that your application will not be complete for review until those scores are on file.

  • Go to WebSTAR
  • Click Admissions
  • Enter your NSU online application login and PIN
  • View the status of your application or documents received

If you have issues reviewing this information online, you can contact the admissions call center at 954-262-1101 or 1-877-640-0218. They are available 24/7.

No, feel free to submit as many letters as you like.

Please note that the system in Webstar will only update the first letters received which meet the requirements. If you want to verify if extra letters or other supporting documents were received, you can contact the admissions call center at 954-262-1101 or 1-877-640-0218.

No, since we begin a new application cycle each year, you would have to resubmit a new application within the same timeframe. Only applications which are complete will be considered ready for review.

If you've received an application fee waiver from AACOMAS, then we will process one for you here. The process is indicated below:

  • Complete your AACOMAS application
  • Complete your NSU application (you must pay the $50 application fee).
  • AACOMAS will send a list of all applicants that they have waived the application fees for to the admissions office.
  • If your name is on the list, it gets forwarded to the Bursars office to reverse the NSU application charge off of your account.
  • Depending on when the list is received from AACOMAS, this can take 60 days (estimation) to process your credit.
  • Once you have a credit, you can contact the Bursars office at (954) 262-5200 and they will advise you on the timeframe when you will receive the funds.

Students must be accepted by the college they applied to in order to be considered for the D.O./D.M.D. Dual Degree Program. Upon acceptance to the respective college, students expressing an interest in the D.O./D.M.D. Dual Degree Program will be contacted and invited to interview.

Only a select number of motivated students who have attained the highest academic standards and embody the spirit of this collaborative initiative will be considered.

You need to complete either the MCAT or DAT test for consideration.

Review Questions

Below are some of the things that the committee of admissions reviews when they are considering an applicant for an interview; these appear in no particular order.

  • Community service and volunteer work:  The amount of hours is not as relevant as the quality of the experience. Medical experience such has shadowing a doctor or volunteering in a hospital is highly favored. Candidates should deomonstrate active involvement in the community.
  • Science courses and grades:  Your transcript is evaluated to consider what courses you took and how well you did in the course as well as the academic load overall.
  • Letters of recommendation: Make sure reference letters speak to your potential as a osteopathic medical student and strongly support your application.  Letters must be signed or on letterhead. Authentication of the evaluator's recommendation is required.
  • MCAT score: The average score is a 28. If, for whatever reason you cannot make that score or above, then it is suggested that you submit as much information as you can to enhance your application i.e. publications, additional letters of recommendation, etc. Current trends in new MCAT format scores for the entering class of 2016 average at 504.
  • The minimum GPA requirements are to have at least a 3.0 in your science as well as your cumulative GPA.

Once we have your complete AACOMAS application, NSU application, required documents, and official MCAT scores on file, your application will begin the review process. Proper letters of recommendation are required for a file to be complete.  

You can check the status of your application by:

  • Go to WebSTAR
  • Click Admissions
  • Enter your NSU online application login and PIN
  • View the status of your application or documents received

If you have issues reviewing this information online, you can contact the admissions call center at 954-262-1101 or 1-877-640-0218. They are available 24/7.

This time frame can differ depending on when you submit it your application and when interviews are conducted. The latest you will receive communication regarding your status may be in late March or April. (Please note this is tentative)

MCAT scores are used to help the committee evaluate candidates' performance on standardized examinations which is a critical competency for physicians in training.  Scores are closely reviewed by subject sections in each area, but your highest most recent overall score is used in making further decisions about your application.  Composite scores between multiple attempts are not used to calculate a maximum score.  Each attempt stands alone, and changes between multiple scores also provide information.

If your application is selected for an interview, you will be notified by the admissions counselor through an email invitation. This information will provide you access to the appointment scheduling system.  If you do not respond in a timely manner, invitations may be withdrawn.  Please be sure you have added NSU to your accepted email contacts to ensure that you receive important correspndence from us.  On occasion, you may also hear from admissions through outreach calls for further information or to expedite your interview appointment.

Admissions Requirements 

Yes, your application will not be reviewed without one. Please note: This is also needed if you want to transfer into NSU-COM.

No, we do have an average MCAT score which is a 28. Current trends in new MCAT format scores for the entering class of 2016 average at 504.

January exams for the first attempt are not considered.  If, however, you are re-taking the test in January to improve your application, be sure to expedite the official results to the NSU document processing center.  incoming AACOMAS applications and updates will stop shortly after the January 15 deadline.  Bear in mind that the deadline for all submittals to NSU is March 1 in order to qualify for review.  Late updates will hinder the processing of your application. 

Submit as much information as you can to enhance your application and support your academic ability in medical school.  Examples of supporting information can include, but are not limited to, aditional letters of recommendation, research activities, or publications documents.

Competitive GPA’s for the DO program can start at 3.4 for science, non-science and cumulative. This range can also be influenced by the results of the total applicant pool for the cycle, and candidates must meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for consideration.

GPA's are automatically calculated when you submit your application in AACOMAS. Through verification of your academic pursuits, the application service will consider and calcluate all grades into an average for that area as well as overall attempts.  If you have any questions regarding this process please contact AACOMAS at 301-968-4190.

We do accept credits for community college or online course as long as the class is from a regionally accredited college/university. This information can be obtained directly the from the instittuition.

There is no preference, as long as you take the courses from a regionally accredited school. In fact, diversity in your studies can show strength in your academic abilities.

Yes, we do as long as they meet the requirements for the program.

If you want more information regarding the process for international applicants, please contact the Office of International Affairs department below:

Phone Number: (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240
Email: intl@nova.edu

Miscellanous Questions

Yes, please visit the NSU-COM website page to learn more about previous graduates. Whether your goals lie in primary care or a specialty, you’ll have plenty of choices as a result of your DO degree from NSU. 

Please visit our Web page list of core clinical rotation sites.

Tuition and fees vary each year for the program. If you want to check the latest costs, please visit our Tuition and Fees Web page or call (954) 262-3380.

You can visit our On-Campus Housing Web site or contact them at the phone or email listed below.

Phone: (954) 262-7052
Email: housing@nova.edu