B.S./D.O 3+4 & Early Admissions Opportunities
Two pathways toward your D.O. degree
This partnership between St. Bonaventure and the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine offers two competitive pathways for students to earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O,) degree:
- The 3+4 Pathway
Students spend three years at St. Bonaventure before moving on to a reserved seat at NYIT, where students complete their SBU degree and finish their doctorate in four years. Students need to major in biology while at SBU.
- The Early Admissions Pathway
After their sophomore year at SBU, students declare their interest in applying to NYIT-COM and gain entry to the admissions process with early interviews and review. Students then apply to NYIT-COM at the end of their junior year. Students must have at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA to apply.
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM) is a private, nonprofit medical school for osteopathic medicine located on two campuses: Old Westbury on Long Island in New York, and in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Founded in 1977, NYIT-COM is an academic division of the New York Institute of Technology. Formerly known as the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, it is one of the largest medical schools in the United States.
Students who seek admission to the 3+4 Pathway must satisfy these minimum qualifications to enroll at St. Bonaventure:
- Applicants must submit a complete application to SBU. Applications that are complete by Dec. 10 receive priority
- A combined SAT score of at least 1310 (or ACT composite score of at least 28)
- A high school grade point average of at least 90%.
- Community service and clinical exposure are evaluated and taken into consideration.
- At least two confidential letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a science teacher.
- Two essays:
- One essay (Personal Statement) that will be included with your Common App.
- An additional essay titled “Applying to Medical School,” which details your interest in working in the profession of medicine and why you are interested in starting that process at SBU and then continuing at NYITCOM.
- A resume that organizes all of your extracurricular activities in one place (church, clubs, sports, hobbies, volunteering, clinical exposure, employment, etc.)
Early Admission Pathway
Students who wish to pursue the Early Admission Pathway must:
- maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA while at St. Bonaventure. (High school grades are not considered.)
Requirements for all candidates
All students, regardless of which pathway they seek, must:
- earn an overall science grade point average of 3.5 each semester with a 3.5 cumulative GPA;
- declare their intention to apply for admission at NYIT-COM by the end of their second year;
- obtain an MCAT score (on the MCAT taken between August and January of the third undergraduate year) at least equal to the mean MCAT score of the applicable NYIT-COM campus first-year class of the year the student began undergraduate study;
- complete a minimum of 8 hours of biology (course/lab), 8 hours each of inorganic and organic chemistry (course/lab), 8 hours of physics (course/lab), and 6 hours of English, with no grade below C in any of these courses or labs. Students are encouraged to enroll in additional courses such as calculus, anatomy, genetics, physical chemistry, biochemistry, behavioral sciences and neurosciences;
- obtain a favorable recommendation by SBU’s Franciscan Health Care Professions Committee;
- pass a personal interview conducted by NYIT-COM faculty.
What is osteopathic medicine?
Osteopathic medicine focuses on the whole person, the relationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs, and the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It is one of the fastest-growing health professions. Learn more from the American Osteopathic Association.