A.T. Still University of Health Sciences - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Kirksville, MO
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. KCOM is committed to providing a quality osteopathic medical education in a research environment that prepares students for graduate medical training and clinical service.
A.T. Still University–Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (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.
Year founded: 1892
Type: Private, non-profit
Campus Setting: Rural. Closest city is Kirksville, MO.
Accreditation (As of Feb 1, 2017):
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.
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- 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, an online listing is gathered from local landlords.
- Total medical school enrollment: 706
- Total male: 412
- Total female: 293
- First-year enrollment: 172
- First-year male: 105
- First-year female: 66
- First-year in-state: 53
- First-year out-of-state: 119
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 3717
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
- Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM)
- International rotation opportunities
Dual Degree Programs
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.
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.
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 no linkage between the MS and DO programs, but candidates who apply and meet certain criteria can be granted an interview.
Still Well Student Wellness Program
Student wellness at ATSU is designed to encourage students’ to maintain a balance between school and life. This school:life balance is supported through various offerings including free gym memberships, mental health wellness, and the ATSU Still Well program. Student wellness programming promotes health and wellness throughout student’s educational experience, enabling them to reach their maximum potential in body, mind, and spirit. An important concept of the student wellness philosophy is to practice and promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The ATSU Still Well program includes events and opportunities for intellectual, physical, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental, and professional development.
International Medicine Programs
Students may spend elective time during the fourth year at an international rotation site that is approved by Clinical Educational Affairs.
Admissions Process & Application Information
Applicants meeting the 2.80 science and 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. Evaluation II must be from a physician (MD or DO). Interviews are offered September through March.
- Primary Application Service: AACOMAS
- Earliest Application Submission Date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/2/2019)
- Primary Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
- Supplemental Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
- Submission Timing for Best Consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to this school’s latest filing date.
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: Yes
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
Applicants are screened for academic achievement, clinical involvement, interpersonal relations, leadership and service, perseverance, maturity, motivation, and osteopathic awareness. Applicants who reach the final phase of the selection process will be invited to visit the University for an interview. All applicants selected for admission are interviewed prior to acceptance. As a private institution and the founding college of osteopathic medicine, KCOM recruits students from all parts of the United States who are interested in a career in osteopathic medicine.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT Considered: January 2016
- Accept September 2019 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Virtual Evals
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: 6/1/2019
- Supplemental Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
- Supplemental Application Requirements:
Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.80. Two letters of evaluation: one from a premedical advisor, premedical committee, or a science faculty member and one from a physician (DO or MD).
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver Conditions:
Name must appear on the AACOMAS fee waiver list to receive a secondary application fee waiver.
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Screened applicants: Meet minimum 2.80 science and cumulative GPA requirement.
- Supplemental Application Fee: $70, non-refundable
Every interview candidate will be scheduled for two faculty interviews as well as an interview with a member of the Admissions staff.
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours with lab
- Molecular & Cell Biology
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences
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 May 14 will have 14 days
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- Earliest Acceptance Date: 10/1/2019
- Latest Acceptance Date: 4/1/2019
- Deferred Entrance Requests Considered:
Yes, for unexpected situations that occur during the application cycle, we will review deferral requests on a case by case basis.
- Orientation / Start Date for First-Year Students: 7/6/2020
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) Offered: Yes
- EDP Available For: Residents and Nonresidents
- EDP Application Due Date: 8/14/2019
- EDP Applications Submitted to: AACOMAS
- EDP Supplemental Materials Due: 9/15/2019
- Date EDP Applicants Notified: Two weeks from date of interview
First-Year Class Matriculants
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2018-19 Annual Resident Tuition: $55,208
- 2018-19 Annual Non-Resident Tuition: $55,208
- 2018-19 Annual Resident Fees: $1,150
- 2018-19 Annual Non-Resident Fees: $1,150
- 2018-19 Annual Health Insurance Fee: $0
- Fees include: Technology (not computer)
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $26,319
- Average 2018 Graduate Indebtedness: $272,460
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,000
- Additional deposit amount: $1,000
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Deposit refundable: No
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 89%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $6,531