In September 2013, Arkansas State University (A-State) contracted with Tripp Umbach to analyze the feasibility of developing a new college of osteopathic medicine in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Through the facilitation of a comprehensive feasibility study process that included such measures as interviews, work sessions, data analysis, financial analysis, and interest of hospitals and physicians in the region; Tripp Umbach determined that the development of a new osteopathic medical school in Jonesboro, Ark. was feasible.
Immediately following this study, the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) began discussions with A-State in order to form a unique public/private partnership to provide the region with the medical education opportunity. The two schools worked together to form the partnership on their strong foundations of regional educational and medical education background. In April 2015, the medical program was approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) to offer the DO degree with an initial class size of 115 students in Jonesboro, AR.
Tripp Umbach continued to work with NYITCOM at A-State through 2015-2016 to coordinate educational seminars on graduate medical education (GME) and to conduct capital planning and design work to renovate historic Wilson Hall on the A-State campus and to get ready to open the doors for the initial Class of 2016-17.
The new NYITCOM at A-State medical school is set to address the region’s most challenging issues including medical education opportunities and health care access. To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.nyit.edu/arkansas.