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What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is a philosophy in the approach to patient care and one of two distinct pathways to medical practice in the United States. Osteopathic medicine incorporates all modalities of medicine into patient care including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It emphasizes hands-on diagnosis and treatment which includes an additional therapeutic modality known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. In Utah, just under 1 in 6 (18%) licensed physicians are DO’s.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. Osteopathy teaches a whole-person, mind, body, and spirit approach to diagnosis and treatment. DOs are trained to listen to and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.



Why does Utah need another medical school?

The State of Utah is in the center of the fastest growing region within the United States with Utah county at the epicenter of this historical growth within the Intermountain West.  Our tech sector is at the heart of this boom within our region, the Wasatch front, now known as Silicon Slopes.

Projections estimate the State of Utah adding 1,000,000 people by 2030 with 600,000 of those predicted to reside in Utah County.  Together with neighboring Salt Lake County, there will be a population of no less than 3 million in central Utah within an 80-mile radius of the campus.

Utah is fortunate to have several strong health systems in our community providing exceptional health care. However even before this rapid population expansion will have occurred, Utah currently ranks in the bottom 10% of the nation in key physician workforce categories including active physicians and specifically, 49th in the nation in primary care.

These numbers will only get worse without adding to the physician workforce through new undergraduate and graduate medical education programs.

An additional supporting factor is the percentage of native Utahn’s who leave the state every year to pursue their medical education.

Currently, 75% of matriculants from Utah starting medical school, either MD or DO, do so outside of Utah.

Those accepted represented 37% of all Utah applicants to medical school.  This accepted percentage is 7% above the national average of 30% of applicants accepted to a U.S. based medical school.

The Intermountain West encompasses all or part of 11 states representing 583,000 undergraduates. 30% of those study in one of 9 Utah Colleges or Universities.

Another supporting statistic supporting the development of our program in Utah is the percentage of Utahn’s choosing Osteopathic medicine.

25% of all students studying medicine in the U.S. are doing so in an Osteopathic program.

43% of Utah’s medical school matriculants are choosing to do so as an Osteopathic medical student.


What is the mission of Noorda-COM?

Our mission at Noorda-COM is to empower our students with the essential personal and professional skills needed to be competent, confident, and compassionate osteopathic physicians who are dedicated to meeting healthcare challenges within the communities they serve. Our vision is to become a leader in osteopathic medical education through innovative, progressive curricular offerings. We hope to instill values that embrace diversity, foster cultural awareness and ethical leadership, and inspires a servant’s heart towards caring for the poor and needy.


What does pre-accreditation mean?

Noorda-COM is in the process of obtaining pre-accreditation status with from the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Pre-accreditation status is reviewed annually to assess the academic progress of the first-, second- and third-year classes through graduation. Full accreditation is typically granted prior to when a new school graduates its first class.


How many students are in each class?

Noorda-COM is approved for a class size of 180 students each year. Under the COCA Standards for New and Developing schools, our first class in the Fall of 2021 will be 90 students (50%), the second class will be 135 (75%) and the third class will be at full capacity at 180 (100%). The accrediting body allows for an 8% variance after that to allow for attrition so the final class-size count will be 194.


Where is Noorda-COM located?

Noorda-COM’s 22-acre campus sits on the former 10th, 11th and 12th holes of East Bay Golf Course in Provo, UT. Nestled between the mountains of the Wasatch front, and the 95,000-acres of Utah Lake.