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School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ)

The Affiliation
Rowan University and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) have agreed to provide a joint undergraduate professional program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree.
The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey is the largest free-standing medical institution in the U.S. and is ranked in the top 40 medical schools in the country in increased percentage of federal support for research. UMDNJ-SOM ranks as one of the leaders in the nation among osteopathic schools for research funding. UMDNJ was established by act of the N.J. state legislature in 1970. UMDNJ-SOM was established in 1976 as part of the plan to extend the medical education program into southern New Jersey. At present, there are over 1000 full-time, part-time and volunteer faculty members.

UMDNJ-SOM ranks as one of the leaders in the nation among osteopathic schools for research funding.

The Education and Research Building houses much of the research currently underway at UMDNJ-SOM. A number of UMDNJ-SOM's research programs have achieved national acclaim. Working in basic sciences and clinical applications, UMDNJ-SOM actively addresses today's most serious health care problems in heart diseases, AIDS, musculoskeletal disorder, neuroscience, maternal/child health, geriatrics, nutrition and addiction. Students are invited to become involved in research. UMDNJ-SOM is first among all osteopathic schools in total research activity.

UMDNJ-SOM is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association through its Bureau of Professional Education, which in turn is recognized by the National Commission on accrediting and is a constituent member of the American Council on Education. UMDNJ-SOM is also accredited by the Department of Education, State of New Jersey.

The Accelerated Osteopathic Medicine Education curriculum consists of a minimum of 108 undergraduate semester hours and four years of osteopathic medical education.

Admissions Requirements

The following undergraduate course credits must be completed at Rowan prior to matriculation at UMDNJ-SOM:
• General Chemistry 8 s.h. 
• Organic Chemistry 8 s.h. 
• Biochemistry 4 s.h. 
• Biology I & II 8 s.h. 
? Additional courses in Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology, and Immunology are required 
• Physics 8 s.h. 
• English 6 s.h. 
• Calculus 4 s.h. 
• An additional 38 s.h. in foreign language, philosophy, history, political science or science electives are required. Any combination of these courses totaling 38 s.h. is acceptable
Admissions to UMDNJ-SOM is competitive. The Admissions Committee requires that every candidate submit results from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), as well as a premedical committee letter. Rowan will screen and recommend qualified candidate for an interview and possible admission to UMDNJ-SOM. UMDNJ-SOM will consider recommended applicants for admission following completion of their third year. UMDNJ-SOM reserves up to three seats annually for students who will have completed the semester hours of prerequisite coursework.

Course of Study at UMDNJ-SOM
UMDNJ-SOM provides a fully accredited four-year program of professional education leading to the Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree. The goal of the curriculum is preparation for the general practice of osteopathic medicine in New Jersey.

The first two years of instruction are primarily concerned with the development of a strong foundation in the basic sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, histology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology) along with clinical studies in family practices, obstetrics-gynecology, internal medicine, osteopathic manipulation, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery and other specialty areas. The spring semester of the second year provides for one day per week in the hospital. The fourth year involves twelve months of hospital rotations through the Kennedy Memorial Hospitals/University Medical center with three divisions within 20 minutes of each other or the Atlantic City Medical Center.

Degrees Awarded

Upon successful completion of one year of basic science education at UMDNJ-SOM, Rowan will award a Bachelor of Science degree. Before the conclusion of training and graduating with the D.O. degree, each student must take Parts I and II of the National Board examinations. Upon successful completion of the accelerated program, UMDNJ-SOM will award the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy.
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Further Information

Dr. Richard J. Meagher
Pre-Professional Advisor
Biological Sciences Department, Bosshart Hall
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028
phone:  (856) 256-4833