Nova University was established in 1964. It is a private school offering both undergraduate and graduate
degrees. The Health Professions Division was created
when Nova University joined Southeastern University
to become Nova Southeastern University. The College
of Osteopathic Medicine is part of this division, which
includes colleges of Pharmacy, Optometry, Allied
Health, and Medical Sciences. In 1996 the Health Professions Divisions relocated from North Miami Beach
to a 220-acre campus in Fort Lauderdale.
4-year. Years 1 and 2: Two years are spent on campus
and include the basic sciences and didactic clinical
sciences. During this part of their training, students
also are introduced to patient evaluation and the technology of medicine, and special emphasis is placed
on manipulative medicine. Students receive early
clinical teaching with other doctors during their first
and second year. Years 3 and 4: Students spend
22 months in clinical training, including teaching
rotations in affiliated hospitals and experience in
ambulatory care facilities. They then return to campus for a pre-internship seminar, just prior to graduation, in preparation for internship, residency, and
board exams. The curriculum emphasizes family
medicine, internal medicine, ob/gyn, and pediatrics.
A rotation in rural medicine is also required.
Affiliated Teaching Hospitals
Twenty Florida hospitals and 16 other medical centers serve as teaching hospitals.
All students are required to secure their own housing
accommodations. The school does have some limited
on-campus housing facilities within a 2-block radius
of the school.
The basic premedical science courses, plus courses in
English composition and literature, a bachelor’s
degree, and the MCAT are required. Students are
encouraged to take additional courses in behavioral
sciences, cultural subjects, and the humanities. The
entering class consists of 236 students. The school
uses a rolling admissions policy, selecting applicants
for admission from those already interviewed. Invitations for interviews are issued after review of the initical AACOMAS and supplementary applications, the
evaluation from the student’s college, and from an
osteopathic physician. It is essential that the Admissions Office receive a letter of evaluation from a premedical committee and an osteopathic physician on
the student’s behalf.