A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Kirksville, MO
COVID-19 Related Information
Interview options for 2022-2023 cycle: In-person interviews only
Physician letter required? MD or DO
Shadowing options: Virtual shadowing accepted but in-person shadowing is strongly preferred
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 for applicants for the 2022-2023 application cycle? No
Accepts online lab coursework? Yes
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.
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, 2022):
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)
- 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.
- Total medical school enrollment: 682
- Total male: 367
- Total female: 315
- First-year matriculants: 168
- First-year male matriculants: 86
- First-year female matriculants: 82
- Matriculants in-state: 57
- Matriculants out-of-state: 111
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 3,972
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 an internal agreement between the MS and DO programs, so candidates who meet certain criteria and apply can be granted a guaranteed interview.
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.
Admissions Process & Application Information
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.
- Primary Application Service: AACOMAS
- Earliest Application Submission Date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2022)
- Primary Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
- Supplemental Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
- 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.
- 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, 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 (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT Considered: 1/1/2019
- Accept September 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2023 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: 6/15/2022
- Supplemental Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
- Supplemental Application Requirements:
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 with in a clinical setting).Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver Conditions:
Must receive an AACOMAS fee waiver to receive a secondary application fee waiver.
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Screened applicants: Must meet minimum 2.80 science and 2.80 cumulative GPA requirement to receive the secondary application.
- Supplemental Application Fee: $70, non-refundable
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.
- 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
- After May 15 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
- Earliest Acceptance Date: 10/1/2022
- Latest Acceptance Date: 7/1/2023
- 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.
- Orientation / Start Date for First-Year Students: 7/10/2023
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) Offered: Yes
- EDP Available For: Residents and Non-residents
- EDP Application Due Date: 8/15/2022
- EDP Applications Submitted to: AACOMAS
- EDP Supplemental Materials Due: 9/15/2022
- Date EDP Applicants Notified: 12/1/2022
First-Year Class Matriculants (Entering Class 2021)
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2021-22 Annual Resident Tuition: $58,854
- 2021-22 Annual Non-Resident Tuition: $58,854
- 2021-22 Annual Resident Fees: $2,228
- 2021-22 Annual Non-Resident Fees: $2,228
- 2021-22 Annual Health Insurance Fee: $3,864
- Fees include:
Technology (not computer)
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $28,273
- Average 2021 Graduate Indebtedness: $312,995
- 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: 84%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $5,828
Contacts & Additional Resources
800 West Jefferson Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
Main phone: (866) 626-2878, Ext. 2237
Phone: (660) 626-2237
Fax: (600) 626-2969