The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree requires four years of academic training. The first two years are spent on campus and involve instruction in basic and clinical sciences. The second two years are based on clinical clerkships located largely in the local Las Vegas valley.
These clinical sites include both inpatient hospital clerkships as well as outpatient experiences. During the third and fourth years, regular required academic experiences are administered at the Henderson campus to augment the clinical training and to better prepare for licensure examinations.
The first year courses include basic sciences. An integrated course in physical examination, diagnostic reasoning, patient interactions, communication, and bio-psycho-social aspects of patient care begins in the second semester of the first year. The second year is focused on clinical sciences, basic sciences and other associated courses.
The third and fourth years are devoted to clinical clerkships. Basic requirements include internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, general surgery, women’s health, and emergency medicine. Clerkships are managed by the department of Clinical Education.