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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Potential Realized!

Are you ready to pursue a career in one of the fastest-growing health professions disciplines in the country today?

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) are educated to consider the health of the whole person and use their minds, senses, and hands to help diagnose and treat patients. Because of this, the profession's popularity continues to increase. While today's D.O.s remain on the cutting-edge of research and technology, they are equally as committed to being compassionate healers who listen carefully to their patients. Instead of treating specific symptoms or illness, they regard the body as an integrated whole and focus on preventive care to maximize the health of each patient they treat.

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 and equal amounts further specialize. Following graduation, you may pursue all medical, surgical, and obstetric specialties in professional internships and residencies. 

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel 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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NSU-KPCOM students are highly competitive in obtaining residency placements and in the passing rates for the licensing exams required for graduation.

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Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of College of Osteopathic Medicine

Degree Title



Osteopathic Medicine



Professional Licensure Disclosure StatementNova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program is an AOA-accredited program of study. Graduation from an AOA-COCA accredited college of osteopathic medicine is required in order to begin training in an AOA- or ACGME-accredited residency program to which he or she has been accepted, and to take the COMLEX-USA Level 3 examination. At this time, we have determined that the KPCOM program meets the educational degree completion requirements for licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2. 

It is nonetheless strongly encouraged  that students determine any additional requirements for licensure in the state in which they seek to be licensed. Students should refer to their state licensing bodies, as well as, the Federation of State Medical Boards or Physician Licensing Service, for requirements for licensure. For licensing board contact information and approval status, please see

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Melissa Chamberlain, MBA, at 954-262-1989 or .




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