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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Potential Realized!

Become a primary care physician, licensed to practice medicine in all 50 states, by completing four years of study for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree.

D.O.'s in the U.S. share the same privileges as Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), but a primary difference is that D.O.’s pursue a distinct, holistic approach to medicine. Osteopathic Medicine emphasizes the relationship between physical structure (musculoskeletal) and organic function.

Visit the Doctors That DO campaign from the American Osteopathic Association to learn more about the distinct mind, body, and spirit philosophy of osteopathic medicine.

What you’ll study

A unique, four-year curriculum prepares you for real world practice. Intensive courses and clinical reviews build your skills in preparation for two years of clinical rotations. Core rotations covers several fields and include three months in a rural setting where many residents have little access to health care. Elective rotations provide training in your chosen specialization.

How you’ll learn more

During years three and four, you will gain skills in various fields through core and elective clinical rotations. Visit our Academic Departments to learn about specific rotations, fellowships, and other opportunities.

Where it can take you

An osteopathic physician must apply humanitarian and intellectual qualities in the practice of medicine. Many D.O.'s practice in rural and urban, underserved areas. Following graduation, you may pursue all medical, surgical, and obstetric specialties in professional internships and residencies. 

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.

Candidates must have, with or without reasonable accommodation, multiple abilities and skills including intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; interpersonal communication; mobility and strength; motor skills; and hearing, visual, tactile, behavioral, and social attributes. Candidates for admission and progression must be able to perform these abilities and skills in a reasonably independent manner.

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NSUCOM students are highly competitive in obtaining residency placements and in the passing rates for the licensing exams required for graduation.

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