How to Apply to the Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. – Émigré Physicians Program (EPP)

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) offers a unique program to retrain émigré physicians born and educated outside the United States to become doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.). NYITCOM is the only medical school in the United States offering such a program and it is available only on our Long Island (Old Westbury, N.Y.) campus.

Program Overview

  • Admission is competitive and highly selective.
  • Four-year, full-time U.S. medical school program.
  • Émigré Physicians Program (EPP) students are fully integrated into the entering D.O. class and participate in all aspects of student life; research opportunities available with faculty.
  • Admitted students are strongly discouraged from working full-time throughout each academic year.
  • Students must successfully complete all academic requirements in order to qualify for graduation.
  • Medical residency follows successful graduation. Length of residency varies depending on medical specialty.

Admission Requirements for the Entering Class of 2020

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident at the time of application (Green Card should expire after graduation date). NO VISA HOLDERS.
  • Must possess a valid Foreign Medical Degree from an accredited university equivalent to the M.D. degree in the United States.
  • Must complete the Émigré Physicians Program Application online and submit the nonrefundable $195 application fee.
  • To complete the application requirements, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation, TOEFL, letters of recommendation, and a resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants invited for an onsite interview are required to take an Entrance Examination.
  • An international and U.S. Criminal Background Check from all countries lived in is required prior to acceptance.
  • Must accept the NYITCOM Technical Standards prior to matriculation.

Application Documents


An official course-by-course evaluation of your educational credentials must be submitted from either of the following evaluation services directly to NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine:

  1. World Education Services, Inc.
  2. Globe Language Services, Inc.
    Request that Globe email the evaluation to

NYITCOM only accepts evaluations from these two evaluation services, and they are subject to approval by the Committee on Admissions. The evaluation must state that the applicant possesses a valid foreign medical degree from an accredited university equivalent to the M.D. degree in the United States.


A TOEFL iBT (internet-based) exam score of 90 or higher is required for all applicants. TOEFL results must be less than two years old at the time of application. Please schedule your test date at least two months prior to the application deadline to ensure timely processing.

Important Notes:

  • You must release ALL your scores to New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, using the school code 2486. Score reports are received electronically.
  • NYITCOM does not waive the TOEFL score requirement, and achieving the minimum accepted score does not guarantee an interview.
  • If you do not meet the required score, you must retake the TOEFL until you meet the minimum requirement of 90 or higher.


Two letters of recommendation are required. They must be less than two years old at the time of application. Please have your recommenders email their letters as attachments (PDF format only) directly to on official stationary with their signature. The subject line should state your full name, as entered on your EPP online application (Example: “EPP 2020: John Allan Smith”).

Please Note: The letters should be sent after your online application has been submitted, so that we can match your letters with your application.

  • At a minimum, one letter should be from a D.O. or M.D. experience in the U.S.
  • One should be from a recent work, research, clinical or academic experience.


NYITCOM conducts a holistic review on all applicants, which considers other factors beyond academics, including the following:

  • U.S. shadowing experiences with D.O.s and M.D.s
  • Volunteer and work experience in the healthcare field
  • Leadership experience
  • Research, clinical experience, publications
  • Global health experience
  • Rural and underserved population experience


  • May 2, 2019: EPP application becomes available.
  • September 30, 2019: Deadline to submit the EPP application and the non-refundable $195 application fee.
  • October 16, 2019: Deadline to submit the official course-by-course evaluation, official TOEFL score report, and two letters of recommendation.
  • December 9–13, 2019: Interviews and entrance examination for selected applicants.
  • January 2020: The Committee on Admissions will make decisions. A nonrefundable $1,500 tuition deposit is required to reserve your seat in the 2020 entering class.


A new application is required each year with an updated resume or curriculum vitae. If you submitted an official WES or Globe course-by-course evaluation and/or an official TOEFL score report for the 2019 application cycle, you do not need to resend it for the 2020 application cycle. If you have retaken the TOEFL and achieved a higher score, you may submit the updated official score. Please check your TOEFL results to be sure that the test is less than two years old at the time of application. Recommendation letters should not be more than two years old at the time of the new application.

The EPP admission information provided above supersedes all previously posted guidelines. Please follow the current admission requirements and submit the required application documents as requested. No exceptions or waivers will be made.

Contact Information

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
Serota Academic Center, Room 203
Northern Boulevard, PO Box 8000
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
Phone: 516.686.3997
Fax: 516.686.3831

The 2019 – 2020 Application Cycle is now closed.

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine reserves the right to effect any changes in the admission requirements, application documents, document requirements, application timeline, curriculum, administration, tuition and fees, or any other phase of school activity without notice.