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New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

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We Are NYIT: Our Mission
A global, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students on campuses in North America, China, the Middle East, and online. Since 1955, NYIT has pursued its mission to:

  • Provide career-oriented professional education
  • Give all qualified students access to opportunity
  • Support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) is the osteopathic medical college of the New York Institute of Technology located in Old Westbury, Long Island, NY. Established in 1977, NYCOM is one of two accredited medical institutions in Nassau County, New York (The other being Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine). The college is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).In the 2011-2012 academic year, NYCOM had the second largest total enrollment among osteopathic medical schools and third largest total enrollment among all medical schools (M.D. and D.O.) in the United States.

History and Founding of the College
The College was founded in 1977 through the efforts of Dr. W. Kenneth Riland, New York State Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller and members of Rockefeller family. The college, granted accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association, was chartered under New York State law through the efforts of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller. In 1978 Nelson Rockefeller contributed $250,000 to the college's general endowment fund and in 1979 Laurance S. Rockefeller contributed the same amount.

The friendship between Nelson Rockefeller and W. Kenneth Riland was an important factor in the founding of NYCOM. Dr. Riland served as Mr. Rockefeller's personal physician during his governorship of New York as well during his vice-presidency in the Ford administration. To honor the efforts and contributions of Governor Rockefeller, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Academic Center (NYCOM I Building) was dedicated in 1979. The work of Dr. Philip F. Fleisher, first Dean of NYCOM and Dean for the next 16 years, was influential in the growth and

The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine graduated its first class on June 11, 1981, awarding degrees to 26 men and eight women. The commencement exercises at the College were held on the athletic field of what was once the estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney.

The guest speaker, Dr. Theodore Cooper, former dean of Cornell University Medical College, warned of a new atmosphere where "a public is re-evaluating its opinion of physicians.' "The reverence for the doctor is beginning to wane," Dr. Cooper said. An honorary Doctor of Laws degree was awarded to Dr. W. Kenneth Riland, an osteopathic physician, who was then the chairman of the NYCOM Board of Governors. Dr. Riland was honored for being a "prime mover" in the establishment of the College. The W. Kenneth Riland Academic Health Care Center (NYCOM II Building), completed in 1984, is located on campus and serves as a clinic and teaching hospital.

In 1999, construction began on campus for the new Hannah and Charles Serota Academic Center. In 2001, the building opened for basic and pre-clinical science lectures, as well as the osteopathic manipulative medicine laboratory.


Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • D.O./Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Nutrition
  • D.O./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

NYCOM also has a seven year combined B.S./D.O. program for talented high school students through NYIT as well as SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Geneseo.

The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine has clinical affiliations with hospitals throughout Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Upstate New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut[2]. The college provides physicians educated in countries other than the United States the opportunity to obtain medical training in the United States through its Advanced Program for Emigre Physicians (APEP).

After completion of the 4-year APEP program, physicians with foreign credentials receive the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree and are able to apply to D.O. and M.D. residency match programs as American graduates. The college provides its alumni and other osteopathic medical graduates with residency and internship training opportunities through the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium (NYCOMEC). All graduates of the college are eligible to apply for ACGME (M.D.), AOA (D.O.), and dually accredited ACGME-AOA residencies.

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.

Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT.

University Snapshot
Global campuses: Old Westbury and Manhattan, N.Y.; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Amman, Jordan; Manama, Bahrain; Nanjing, China; Vancouver, Canada
Sites: Central Islip, N.Y.; Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanchang, Shanghai and Xiamen, China
President: Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.
Founded: 1955
Institution type: Private, independent, nonsectarian, coeducational
Colors: Blue and gold
Nickname: Bears
Athletic conference affiliations: NCAA I and II, Great West, ECAC

NYIT is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Association for Childhood Education International
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Degree Programs :


  • Bachelor Degree
  • Baccalaureate/doctor of osteopathic physician program
  • Master Degree
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program
  • D.O./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

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Address: Northern Boulevard  Old Westbury, NY 11568, United States


(516) 686-3747

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