Curriculum FAQs

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Is it true that there are no scheduled classes?

There is a schedule for students to accomplish pre-recorded content, but the students decide when to complete the assignments. Small groups of 3-10 students complete core content on-demand, in on-campus learning pods, collaboratively accomplishing required subject matter. Faculty are “on-call” should students have questions about the material presented.  There are in-person reviews every other Thursday and Friday for students desiring additional support. More information can be found on our Curriculum page.


What clinical experiences are in the pre-clinical years?

Our curriculum has, from the very beginning, student engagement with augmented and virtual reality content.  We have a 23,000 sq. ft simulation center that students will be working in every week. By the end of the first year, students are certified as medical scribes, which allows students to work in clinics and hospitals during their second year as part of the Longitudinal Community Medicine course.  In addition, we are working with community partners to build screening programs allowing students to provide health screenings in the community.


Is there virtual anatomy?

We have a state of the art, one of a kind, anatomy lab.  First year students will work with prosected specimens, with instruction on touch screens imbedded in the wall next to each tank.  There is an elective, advanced surgical course, for students who are interested in pursuing advanced dissection skills in year two.


What is the grading system?

Our grading system is designed to provide the student with meaningful feedback as to their progress through the curriculum. Students are provided daily, individualized, discipline specific and cumulative performance metrics.

The first year of the curriculum strengthens the knowledge and comprehension of the biomedical sciences and as such, students will receive a cumulative grade at the completion of the first year in the form of a 2 digit and 3 digit score comparable to boards scores. This system helps the student appreciate a realistic perspective of their standing in comparison to their peers not only at Noorda-COM, but across the nation.

In the second year, those foundational sciences are integrated in the analysis and application of the 10 system-based courses, each of which will receive an individual grade in the same 2 and 3 digit format.

Each Core Clinical rotation will receives an individual grade (Below Expectations, Meets Expectation, High Pass, Honors).