Missouri Western students have the opportunity to be selected into the Partners Program with the Kansas City University (KCU).  This program is designed for outstanding students interested in Osteopathic Medicine to enter KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine following their junior year.  Following successful completion of the first year of medical school at KCU, appropriate credits will be transferred to MWSU and students will be awarded a Bachelor 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- 24 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 during 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 complete an online application with KCU and complete the required steps.  Final selection into the Partners Program is made by the KCU Admissions Committee.  Selected students must declare a Biology/Health Science major at MWSU and complete the following academic requirements by the end of the junior year:

A minimum of 90 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 Physics II (4)
  4. A minimum of three of the following courses:

BIO250 Human Anatomy and Physiology (5)
BIO310 Molecular Cell Biology (4)
BIO311 Animal Physiology (4)
BIO390 Microbiology (4)
BIO411 Developmental Biology (4)
BIO416 Vertebrate Biology (4)
BIO417 Medical Parasitology (4)
BIO421 Immunology (4)
BIO430 Molecular Basis of Disease (4)
BIO441 Virology (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 better.  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 KCU following the junior year and prior to matriculation.  30 credits of first-year medical school coursework will transfer to MWSU to complete the bachelor’s degree.  Additional details and application material can be obtained through the MWSU Department of Biology or visit https://kansascity.edu/programs/partner-programs

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