D.O. Program Requirements

D.O. Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Candidates from a college where a formal articulation agreement exists for a combined degree are an exception to this requirement.
  • Have completed an acceptable academic year sequence in the following prerequisite courses:
    • English: 6 semester hours
    • Biology, including a basic course in general biology or zoology (lecture and lab): 8 semester hours
    • General Chemistry (lecture and lab): 8 semester hours
    • Organic Chemistry I (lecture and lab): 4 semester hours
    • Organic Chemistry II (lecture and lab): 4 semester hours. *Biochemistry, with or without lab, may be substituted for Organic Chemistry II.
    • Physics (lecture and lab): 8 semester hours
  • Have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). We will accept official MCAT exam scores from January 2021 and after.
  • Accept NYITCOM technical standards for acceptance and matriculation.

The above are minimum requirements for admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Students are encouraged to enroll in additional courses such as behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology), biochemistry, calculus/statistics, human anatomy/physiology, genetics, and microbiology. Community and hospital-based volunteer or professional work is another way by which applicants can assess their interest in the healing profession and express their commitment.

Special Notice Regarding Spring/Summer 2020 Grading

The Admissions Committee at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine recognizes that plans to complete prerequisite coursework were impacted immensely by schools’ decisions to move to an online instruction model given the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. While NYITCOM has always assessed prerequisites based on the grades given by colleges/universities, we understand that many colleges/universities created policies in which all spring /summer 2020 courses were graded on a pass/fail scale. So that no applicants are disadvantaged by policy decisions made by their colleges/universities as a result of this unprecedented event, NYITCOM will accept pass/fail grading for spring/summer 2020 coursework.

Letters of Recommendation

NYITCOM requires three letters of recommendation be sent via the AACOMAS system. We do not accept letters that are emailed or mailed to the admissions office.

We require:

  • A Pre-health Committee Letter/Composite Letter (Preferred)
  • Three individual letters to include:
    • Two individual faculty letters (at least one from science) from faculty who have taught you.
    • One letter from a supervisor in long-term work, service, research, or clinical experience. If you are unable to provide a letter from a supervisor, you may provide an additional faculty letter.

In addition, we strongly recommend:

  • D.O./M.D. letters from non-family members.

Non-Traditional Applicants

If you have been out of college for more than two years and can no longer reasonably obtain a committee letter or letters from faculty, you may submit three letters from the following professional sources in place of the pre-health advisory committee letter or faculty letters:

  • Supervisors, current or former. The letter must include the length of your employment, their professional relationship to you, and information about your competencies, accomplishments, and potential for success in medical school. Contact information for the letter writer must be included.
  • Directors of professional associations of which you have been a member for at least one year. The letter should include information about your professional qualities, skills, capabilities, and potential for success in medical school. Contact information for the letter writer must be included.