NYITCOM Creates New School

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The future of the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is shifting south as both the board of NYIT and Arkansas State University have come to an agreement to place a satellite NYITCOM school in that state. While both schools have approved this, it must now go to the regulatory education boards of both schools before it’s finalized. The agreement to create a school comes off the large increase in demand for physicians and medical personnel in the state of Arkansas, which is seeing a larger population increase as well an opportunity for NYIT to branch itself nationally as a high ranking medical school. NYCOM is nationally ranked and is also the third largest Oseopathic school in the country, with an enrollment of 1,200 students according to the latest calendar year. The venture, according to a study conducted by the Arkansas State found that having the school would generate not only an increase in amount of licensed physicians in the North Arkansas area, but also generate a $70 million economic development in the region. The school is aimed to target residents of not just Arkansas, but also of the surrounding states such as Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky to name a few.

Dr. Barbara Ross, the Vice President of Health Science and Affairs at NYIT states “The school will offer clerkship and residency opportunities for those who cannot afford to go anywhere else.”   The school would be the second in the state of Arkansas, with the main one being at the university of Arkansas campus in Little Rock. Dr. Ross also says that the co-branding will allow for those in the area to know about their organization, with a distinguished record of both success graduation wise and of those in the field. As part of the agreement, the school will be housed in Arkansas State’s Wilson Hall, with a $ 4million grant to start with creating new medical facilities inside the building. The agreement, as outlined by President Edward Guiliano gives NYIT the ability to allow for their own recruitment of staff and academic program to be instituted with the new school, with Arkansas State paying licensing fees for the use of the NYITCOM brand name and policies with the school.   Tuition is expected to be about $52,000 a year and classes will start in the 2016-2017 school semester with a possible enrollment of about 800 students the first year.

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