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Pre-Clinical Education (Year 1 & Year 2)

Pre-Clinical Education (Year 1 & Year 2)

The College’s instructional design utilizes active learning techniques through case discussions, team-based learning, laboratory and skills instruction, and interactive integrative sessions. Individual student preparation is essential and promotes responsibility, intellectual curiosity and stimulates critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students are engaged through simulated clinical experiences, small group sessions and directed study. Evaluations of student performance are based on written exams, skills-based competency assessments, observational techniques and structured assessments of clinical competency.

To contact the Office of Pre-Clinical Education, email:

Year One

The systems-based courses required in the first year emphasize basic biomedical science, with clinical correlates. Coursework in osteopathic manipulative techniques, clinical practice skills, medical informatics, and ethics are presented concomitantly. 

Academic Year 2023-2024:

Academic Year 2024-2025:

Year Two

The systems-based courses in the second curricular year emphasize the pathologic and pharmacologic aspects of the biomedical sciences, and provide a foundational education in clinical medicine, disease, and differential diagnosis. At the end of Year Two, prior to beginning Year Three, students are required to sit for the COMLEX-USA® Level 1 national board examination.

Academic Year 2023-2024​:

Academic Year 2024-2025​:

H. Eduardo Velasco, PhD, MD, MS

Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Professor

MD, Mexico’s National University
MS, Mexico’s School of Public Health
PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Woods, PhD

Assistant Dean of Preclinical Education
Associate Professor, Pathology

BS, Texas A&M University
PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch

Martha Enriquez, BPH

Preclinical Curriculum Coordinator

AA, Dona Ana Community College
BPH, New Mexico State University

Maricruz Aguilar

Preclinical Education Curriculum Coordinator

AAS, Dona Ana Community College
BAS, New Mexico State University