Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Curriculum

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) is a professional degree which requires four years of professional study. Our innovative curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission of training primary care physicians. Its design is based on successful academic models, carefully developed and integrated.

The unique curriculum provides academic and clinical training which prepares students for the "real world" of medicine. It will make you more competitive for postdoctoral training positions and more attractive to those interviewing candidates for those positions.

A notable aspect of our clinical training program is a three-month clinical rotation at a rural setting where many residents have little access to health care. You will learn to treat various cultural and ethnic groups whose lifestyles and attitudes toward health care differ from those you will see in more traditional training sites. It is an enriching educational experience.

Advanced Placement Opportunities

NSU-COM offers advanced placement to incoming students with graduate degrees or undergraduate majors in disciplines that are specifically related to courses or subject areas that are required for graduation. To receive advanced placement (AP) for any course, the student will be required to pass a comprehensive discipline based examination to determine their competency in the subject matter involved. Students who are successful in this effort will receive advanced placement by being given credit equivalent to the course(s) involved on their transcripts. The time made available by being deferred from enrolling in these course(s), will provide time for these students to enroll in an Honor Elective in Academic Scholarship and Research. This elective provides students with an opportunity to work with a Com Faculty Advisor and be engaged in academic scholarly activity and/or research in an area of interest.

M1 Curriculum
M1 (First Year Student) Curriculum
course name course term course type
Gross Anatomy Fall Core
Clinical Practicum I Fall Core
Foundations and Applications of Clinical Reasoning I Fall Core
OPP I Fall Core
IGC Preceptorship I Fall Core
Basic Life Support Fall Core
Medical Biochemistry I Fall Core
Medical Histology Fall Core
Medical Physiology I Fall Core
Medicine, Health & Society Fall Core
Clinical Practicum II Winter Core
Foundations and Applications of Clinical Reasoning II Winter Core
IGC Preceptorship II Winter Core
OPP II Winter Core
Principles of Radiology Winter Core
Medical Biochemistry II Winter Core
Medical Microbiology Winter Core
Medical Physiology II Winter Core
Neuroantomy Winter Core
Medical Microbiology II Summer I Core
Community Service Summer I Core
Research Fall, Winter and Summer Elective
Medical Spanish Fall, Winter and Summer Elective
Preclinical Preceptorship Summer Elective
M2 Curriculum
M2 (Second Year Student) Curriculum
Course name Course term Course type
Foundations and Applications of Clinical Reasoning III Fall Core
Principles of Clinical Medicine (PCM) Fall Core
Principles of Pharmacology Summer II Core
Principles of Pathology Summer II Core
Integumentary System Fall Core
Hemat & Lymph System Fall Core
Respiratory System Fall Core
Cardiovascular System Fall Core
Gastrointestinal System Fall Core
IGC Preceptorship III Fall Core
End of Life Seminar Fall Core
OPP III Group A/B Fall Core
Complementary Alternative Med. (CAM) Fall Core
Musculoskeletal System Fall Core
Geriatrics Winter Core
Pediatrics Winter Core
Foundations and Applications of Clinical Reasoning IV Winter Core
Principles of Clinical Medicine II Winter Core
Psychiatry Winter Core
Medial Jurisprudence Winter Core
Neurology/Nervous System Winter Core
OPP IV Winter Core
Pre-Clerkship Winter Core
Renal/Urinary System Winter Core
Endocrine System Winter Core
Women’s Health System Winter Core
Integration of the Biomedical and Clinical Sciences Winter Core
ALS/BLS  Summer Core
Community Service Summer Core
Research Fall, Winter and Summer Elective
Medical Spanish Fall and Winter Elective
Guided Study Fall, Winter and Summer Elective
M3 Curriculum
M3 (Third Year Student) Curriculum
course name course term course type
Geriatrics Fall and Winter Core Clinical Rotation
Pediatrics/Ambulatory Fall and Winter Core Clinical Rotation
Pediatrics/Hospital Fall and Winter Core Clinical Rotation
Obstetrics/Gynecology Fall and Winter Core Clinical Rotation
Psychiatry Fall and Winter Core Clinical Rotation
Family Medicine (2 months) Fall and Winter Core Clinical Rotation
General Surgery (2 months) Fall and Winter Core Clinical Rotation
Internal Medicine (3 months) Fall and Winter Core Clinical Rotation
M4 Curriculum
course name course term course type
Senior Seminar Fall, Winter and Summer Core
Emergency Medicine Rotation Core Clinical Rotation
Addiction Medicine Rotation Elective
Adolescent Medicine Rotation Elective
Allergy/Immunization Rotation Elective
Anesthesiology Rotation Elective
Cardiology Rotation Elective
Cardiovascular Surgery Rotation Elective
Critical Care Unit Rotation Elective
Dermatology Rotation Elective
Endocrinology Rotation Elective
ENT - Othorhinolaryngology Rotation Elective
Family Medicine Rotation Elective
Gastroenterology Rotation Elective
General Surgery Rotation Elective
Geriatrics Rotation Elective
Hematology Rotation Elective
Infectious Disease Rotation Elective
Internal Medicine Rotation Elective
International Medicine Rotation Elective
Interventional Radiology Rotation Elective
Neonatal Rotation Elective
Nephrology Rotation Elective
Neurology Rotation Elective
Neurosurgery Rotation Elective
OB/GYN Rotation Elective
Occupational Medicine Rotation Elective
OMM Medicine Rotation Elective
Hematology/Oncology Rotation Elective
Ophthalmology Rotation Elective
Orthopedics Rotation Elective
Pain Management Rotation Elective
Pathology Rotation Elective
Pediatrics - General Rotation Elective
Pediatrics – Subspecialty Rotation Elective
Pediatrics – Sub Internship Rotation Elective
Plastic Surgery Rotation Elective
Psychiatry Rotation Elective
Radiology and Subspecialties Rotation Elective
Rehabilitation Medicine Rotation Elective
Rheumatology Rotation Elective
Rural Medicine Rotation Elective
Rural Medicine/Ambulatory (2 month) Fall, Winter and Summer Core Clinical Rotation
Rural Medicine/Selective Fall, Winter and Summer Core Clinical Rotation
Sports Medicine Rotation Elective
Thoracic Surgery Rotation Elective
Trauma Surgery Rotation Elective
Urology Rotation Elective
Vascular Surgery Rotation Elective