Class of 2020

About NYITCOM at Arkansas State (Jonesboro, Arkansas)

Mission, Vision, Outcomes

A message from Site Dean Shane Speights.

A message from Site Dean Shane Speights.

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) on Long Island and NYITCOM at Arkansas State (Jonesboro) share the same mission, vision, and outcomes. At both sites, faculty and staff members are committed to training osteopathic physicians for a lifetime of learning and practice, based upon the integration of evidence-based knowledge, critical thinking, and the tenets of osteopathic principles and practice.

In addition to our shared mission, NYITCOM at A-State is dedicated to improving access to health care for the underserved and rural populations in Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta Region. Arkansas ranks 48th in overall population health status due to low health indicators including obesity and number of adults who smoke. The state also ranks 46th in the number of active physicians per capita, and 39th in the number of primary care physicians. It is our mission to meet the need for more physicians in this medically underserved area.

NYITCOM is accredited by AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).


NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine traces its roots to the 1970s, and to W. Kenneth Riland, D.O., and a group of visionary osteopathic physicians. Read more.

In 2012, A-State approached NYIT with the idea of establishing an NYITCOM program at the A-State campus aimed at producing physicians in generalist specialties (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, emergency medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology), who would practice in the medically underserved areas of Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta region. NYITCOM developed the partnership as part of its overarching vision to advance patient-centered, population-based osteopathic health care through transformative education and illuminating research.

In August 2016, NYITCOM at A-State welcomed its inaugural class of 115 medical students. Housed in the 86,000 square-foot Wilson Hall, our facilities include a state-of-the art anatomy lab, team-based teaching labs, an auditorium, osteopathic manipulative lab, medical library, student lounge, simulation labs, and classrooms outfitted with technology for in-person and two-way live streaming of lectures between the Arkansas and New York campuses.

Meet Our Jonesboro Students

Letter to Myself: Derika

For Derika, NYITCOM at Arkansas State is a place that sees her for who she is and who she can become: a future healer and role model for the Delta Region.

Letter to Myself: Darika

Letter to Myself: Jeremy

Jeremy, a former Olympic athlete, emphasizes the importance of balancing the demands of school and family as the key to success and happiness.

Letter to Myself: Jeremy

Letter to Myself: Ryan

Ryan offers bullet points for success as a medical student and future healer at NYITCOM-Arkansas.

Letter to Myself: Ryan

Fast Facts


  • NYITCOM at Arkansas State University enrollment: 115 per class per year.
  • NYITCOM Long Island enrollment: 295 per class per year.
  • In the 2017-2018 academic year, NYITCOM at A-State has 230 first and second-year medical students, with more than two-thirds from the Mississippi Delta Region.

Top 6 States Represented

  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • Texas

Undergraduate Institutions Represented

  • Arkansas State University
  • Baylor University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Harding University
  • Loyola University
  • Rhodes College
  • Tulane University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Missouri
  • University of New Orleans


  • NYITCOM at A-State is among the first medical schools in the U.S. to train first-year students to deliver care via telemedicine (the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance).
  • Each NYITCOM at A-State student must complete a four-week rotation in a rural area.
  • The majority of third- and fourth-year rotations will occur in community hospitals, including NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital and St. Bernard’s Medical Center.
  • In addition to their medical degree, every graduate from NYITCOM at A-State obtains a certificate in Population Health. Students also have the opportunity to obtain certificates in: Telemedicine, Health IT, Evidence-Based Medicine, or Global Health.
  • Students can also apply for the Academic Medicine Scholars Program, in which they earn an additional Master’s in Neuromuscular Medicine. These select second-year NYITCOM at A-State students are given faculty mentorship while spending an extra year gaining valuable research and teaching experience.
  • Students will soon have the opportunity to gain valuable clinical training on a future mobile medical clinic known as the Delta Care-a-van. The mobile clinic will travel to areas of northeast Arkansas and offer preventative care services and health education, under the guidance of NYITCOM at A-State faculty and trained medical experts, to underserved and rural populations.

Economic Impact

  • By 2030, NYITCOM at A-State will produce 1,000 physicians to serve in the Delta region and beyond.
  • Current projections show that NYITCOM at A-State will have a $70 million economic impact on northeast Arkansas by the end of 2018, generating $11.2 million in tax revenue for the region.