A.T. Still University of Health Sciences - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine - ATSU-KCOM

Kirksville, Missouri

Primary Campus

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General Information

ATSU-KCOM is the founding college of the osteopathic profession and provides the future physician with a strong curriculum, outstanding faculty, scientific research opportunities, preceptorships, and an overall commitment to the education and advancement of osteopathic principles, practice, and philosophy.

Mission Statement

The mission of A.T. Still University–Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine is to educate and train students to become highly competent osteopathic physicians and health care leaders. ATSU-KCOM is committed to providing a quality osteopathic medical education in a research environment that prepares students for graduate medical training and clinical service.
Admissions Processes During the Pandemic

Interview Options: In-Person

Physician letter required? MD or DO

Virtual Shadowing Options? Virtual or In-Person Accepted

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes

Pass/Fail grades are accepted, however, letter grades are strongly preferred in evaluating the candidate’s academic readiness. While “Pass” grades are not factored into the GPA calculation, they may be viewed as the lowest grade the applicant’s school allowed for students to receive a Passing (P) status.

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

Facilities

Closest City Kirksville, MO

Campus Setting

Rural

Facilities

  • Wireless campus
  • Breakout study rooms equipped with plasma screens and/or white boards
  • Centennial Commons
  • Anatomy Laboratory
  • Human Patient Simulator Lab
  • Interprofessional Education Building
  • Student Fitness Center
  • Still National Osteopathic Museum
  • Performance Assessment Center
  • Daraban Ultrasound Center

Student Residence Options

ATSU-KCOM offers a limited number of on-campus apartments. For off-campus options, a website is used to showcase listings from local landlords.
Accreditation & Affiliation

A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)
  • Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH)
  • Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH)
  • Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS)
  • College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS)
  • College for Healthy Communities (ATSU-CCPA)
Student Demographics
  • Entering Class 2022

Academic Year Enrollment

Total Medical School Enrollment

665

Total Male

345

Total Female

320

Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions

3,973

First-Year Matriculants

160

First-Year Male Matriculants

82

First-Year Female Matriculants

78

Matriculants In-State

44

Matriculants Out-of-State

116

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.0%

Asian

10.0%

Black/African American

1.3%

Hispanic/Latino

5.0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

White

78.1%

Multiple Races

3.1%

Undisclosed

2.5%

Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors

87%

Non-Science Majors

13%

Graduate Degrees

10%

A.T. Still ATSU-KCOM logo

Overview

Private Institution

Non-Profit

1892

Year Founded

Rural

Campus Setting

Main Contact

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine - ATSU-KCOM

800 West Jefferson Street, Kirksville, Missouri 63501

Address

(866) 626-2878, Ext. 2237

Phone

Admissions Office

Curricular Offerings

The curriculum at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine is systems based and patient oriented. Innovative learning experiences have been adopted throughout its evolution, including:

  • Case-oriented learning
  • Anatomical ultrasound training
  • Interprofessional education opportunities
  • iPad-based assessment
  • Human patient simulation
  • Integrated osteopathic theory and methods (OTM)
  • Use of standardized patients
  • Electives provided

Courses in the first two years align basic science and clinical content to prepare the student for the clinical rotation experience. The clinical rotation curriculum, delivered to students in regional sites during the third and fourth year, includes:

  • Preceptor and hospital-based clinical training
  • Didactics
  • Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM)
  • International rotation opportunities
Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaurete Programs Offered

MS in Biomedical Sciences
The Biomedical Sciences program provides an opportunity for individuals aspiring to health science careers to become prepared for professional studies in medicine or research. KCOM graduate student research projects typically involve the fields of anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, or physiology. There is an internal agreement between the MS and DO programs, so candidates who meet certain criteria and apply can be granted a guaranteed interview.

Special Programs

International Medicine Programs
Students may spend elective time during the fourth year at an international rotation site that is approved by Clinical Educational Affairs.

Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program
ATSU-KCOM’s Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program is designed to provide admission opportunities to outstanding students who aspire to become osteopathic physicians at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM). ATSU-KCOM’s Still Scholars Early Acceptance program rewards highly students who are dedicated to the osteopathic philosophy with admittance into our institution’s founding osteopathic medical program without traditional MCAT requirements. Students from any four-year regionally accredited undergraduate institution in the United States may apply for this program after their sophomore year, provided they meet the application requirements. Check atsu.edu/kcom for details and deadlines.

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs Offered

DO/MHA
Prepares graduates to become seasoned professionals in the health care industry. The focus of this Master of Health Administration degree is creating elite leaders who are prepared and driven to make a difference and lead the future of health care. This 100 percent online Master of Health Administration program integrates web-based instruction, directed readings, email, and chat room interactions between students and faculty.

DO/MPH
Prepares graduates to become seasoned professionals in the field of public health. The focus of this master’s in public health online is to create elite health care professionals who are prepared and driven to make a difference and lead the future of health care.

Premedical Coursework

Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.
Science Courses
Anatomy
Recommended
Biochemistry
Recommended
Biology/Zoology
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Cell/Molecular Biology
Recommended
Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Genetics
Recommended
Physiology
Recommended
Non-Science Courses
Behavioral Sciences
Recommended
College English
Required

6 semester hours

Additional Non-Science Courses

Recommended: Bioethics

Admissions

Applicants meeting the 2.80 science and 2.80 cumulative minimum GPA requirement will receive a link to our secondary application within 24 hours of being verified by AACOMAS. Along with the secondary application and $70 fee, applicants will need two letters of recommendation and official MCAT scores to be complete and ready for review. Letters of recommendation may come with the AACOMAS application or separately.

Evaluation I must be from an academic advisor, premed committee, or science faculty with whom you have received a grade and credit for coursework. Evaluation II must be from a physician (MD or DO). Strong preference is given to applicants who have in-person shadowing with a DO. Interviews are conducted from September through March.

Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 4, 2023

Primary Application Deadline: February 1, 2024

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to the primary application deadline and promptly complete and submit the secondary application.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

Applicants are screened for academic achievement, clinical involvement, interpersonal relations, leadership and service, perseverance, maturity, motivation, osteopathic awareness, and direct exposure to medicine through DO shadowing. Applicants who reach the final phase of the selection process will be invited for an interview.

All applicants selected for admission are interviewed prior to acceptance. As a private institution and the founding college of osteopathic medicine, ATSU-KCOM recruits students from all parts of the United States who are interested in a career in osteopathic medicine.

International Students Accepted? Does Not Accept International Students

Application Interview Format: Traditional

Every interview candidate will be scheduled for three one-on-one, open-file interviews. Interviews will be held with two faculty interviews (one basic science and one clinical faculty), plus one interview with a member of the Admissions staff. Candidates will also spend time with current students and receive an OMM demonstration, and a campus tour. Light snacks and lunch will be provided.

Early Decision Program (EDP)

EDP Offered? Yes

Admissions EDP Available For

Both In-state and Out-of-State

EDP Application Due Date

August 15, 2023

EDP Supplemental Materials Due

September 15, 2023

EDP Applicants Notified

December 1, 2023

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.80. Two letters of evaluation: 1) from a premedical advisor, premedical committee, or a science faculty member with whom you have received a grade and credit for coursework, and 2) from a physician (MD or DO – strongly prefer a letter from a DO you have spent time within a clinical setting).

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: June 15, 2023

Supplemental Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened Applicants

Screened applicants: Must meet minimum 2.80 science and 2.80 cumulative GPA requirement to receive the secondary application.

Supplemental Application Fee: $70

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? Yes

Must receive an AACOMAS fee waiver to receive a secondary application fee waiver.
Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

October 1, 2023

Latest Acceptance Date

July 10, 2024

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 8, 2024

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

Deferment requests are for unavoidable and unexpected situations that occur during the application cycle. We will review deferral requests on a case-by-case basis.

Acceptance/deposit deadlines conform to the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines Schedule? Yes

Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:

  • Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
  • Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
  • Those accepted between January 15 and April 30 will have 14 days.
  • Those accepted on or after May 1 may be asked for an immediate deposit.
  • After May 1 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges.
MCAT/GPA Information

Mean MCAT Score

504.1

Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score

3.73

Oldest MCAT Considered: January 1, 2020

Accept September 2024 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accept January 2025 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Main Admissions Contact

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

2023-2024 Academic Year

Tuition

In-State Tuition

$63,142

Out-of-State Tuition

$63,142

Fees

Annual Fees

In-State Resident Fees

$2,228

Out-of-State Resident Fees

$2,228

Health Insurance Fee

$4,200

Tuition Fees Include

Technology (not computer)
Other
Diagnostic Set, Sphygmomanometer Set, Coaxial Head, Small Diagnostic Equipment, Black Bag, Stethoscope

Estimates, Deposits, and More

Estimated Annual Room Board, Books, and Living Costs

$28,704

Average Graduate Indebtedness

$288,399

Acceptance Deposit

$1,000

Additional Deposit

$1,000

Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? No

Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 84%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: $7,603