Department of Biology

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences: Early Matriculation Partners Program

Missouri Western students have the opportunity to be selected into the Partners Program with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB). This program is designed for outstanding students interested in Osteopathic Medicine to enter KCUMB following their junior year. Following successful completion of the first year of medical school at KCUMB, appropriate credits will be transferred to MWSU and students will be awarded a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in Biology/Health Science concentration. Students will be selected in the sophomore year based on the following criteria: 1) ACT score- 28 minimum, 2) Freshman year academic performance (minimum 3.25 GPA/3.50 Science GPA), 3) Community service, 4) Extracurricular activities, 5) Physician shadowing experiences, 6) Knowledge of and dedication to the field of osteopathic medicine.

To be considered, students must make application to the committee no later than the advertised deadline, typically November 1st, of the fall semester of the sophomore year. Selection of qualified applicants will be made by the Missouri Western Health Professions Advisory Committee following an interview. Selected students will then interview during a regular interview day at KCUMB. Final selection into the Partners Program is made by the KCUMB Admissions Committee. Selected students must declare a Biology/Health Science Emphasis major at MWSU and complete the following academic requirements by the end of the junior year:

A minimum of 94 credits, including:
1. All MWSU general studies courses required for graduation
2. All MWSU Biology Major Core Requirements (see college catalog or department)
3. PHY 111 College Physics II (3)
4. A minimum of three of the following courses:
BIO 250 Human Anatomy and Physiology (5)
BIO 311 Animal Physiology (4)
BIO 390 Microbiology (4)
BIO 410 Molecular Cell Biology (4)
BIO 411 Developmental Biology (4)
BIO 417 Medical Parasitology (4)
BIO 421 Immunology (4)
BIO 430 Molecular Basis of Disease (4)

To remain in the Partners Program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 and a science GPA of 3.5 with all science classes earning a grade of “C” or above. Failure to maintain these academic standards will result in dismissal from the program. The MCAT will not be required for admission through this early matriculation Partners Program. However, selected students must attend a mandatory course conducted at KCUMB following the junior year and prior to matriculation. Additional details and application material can be obtained through the MWSU Department of Biology or visit