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Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program

Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program2019-03-27T14:40:59-05:00

The Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program is designed to provide early admission to outstanding pre-medical students whose goal is to become Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), without the requirement to complete the MCAT.  This program encourages students to focus on developing strong academic and leadership skills, yet allows them to focus on their undergraduate experience without the additional pressures of preparing for the MCAT.  In addition, Still Scholars are awarded an academic scholarship for medical school upon entry to ATSU-KCOM.

Applicant Criteria

  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 cumulative and science.
  • Submission of application and official transcripts by specified date. 

Application Process
Students may apply to be a Still Scholar after completing a minimum of two years of undergraduate education, but have no less than two years of full-time coursework left in their curricular requirements prior to graduation. Students must have attended school full-time for a minimum of two years of their undergraduate college experience, and courses that meet the academic prerequisites must have been taken in a traditional residential setting (not online).  Applications will be due to the Pre-Health Advisory Committee on April 1 for review.  Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the MWSU Pre-Health Advisory Committee and applications of students selected for nomination must be received by ATSU Admissions (from the Pre-Health Advisor) on or before June 1.

Application Criteria

1. Completed application with essays.

2. Three evaluation forms/current letters of recommendation (one from each of the following):

  • Academics: Pre-Health Professions Advisor OR Science Faculty Member
  • Clinical or Work Experience: Health Professional or Employer/Supervisor*
  • Community Involvement: Extracurricular Organization Advisor*
    *If a letter cannot be provided, another faculty member’s evaluation will be accepted

3. Overall strong academic record (3.40 or higher cumulative GPA; 3.40 or higher science GPA)
4. Transcript(s) showing the completion of at least 75% of the following academic coursework to demonstrate successful fulfillment of all academic requirements for ATSU-KCOM’s Still Scholars Program:

  • Biology with Lab: Two completed courses (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • General Chemistry with Lab: Two completed courses (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab: Two completed courses (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • General Physics with Lab: Two completed courses (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • English: Two completed courses (6 semester hours/8 quarter hours)

Students must have received a grade of “B” or above in the previously listed courses from a U.S., regionally accredited college or university at the time of their Still Scholars application.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will interview in early Fall following their sophomore year.  Selected students (maximum of 15) will be awarded reserved admissions to ATSU – KCOM at the beginning of their junior year.  The ATSU – KCOM selection committee will rank the top students using the following criteria:

  • Overall academic record
  • Fulfillment of academic requirements with a minimum grade of “B” in each required course
  • Evaluation forms/Letters of recommendation
  • Successful interview with the KCOM selection committee

Participant Criteria

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.40 cumulative and science
  • Continue to gain clinical experience/exposure (>200 hours total is highly recommended)
  • Continue community service/leadership opportunities
  • Demonstrate commitment to osteopathic medicine
  • Participate in all ATSU – KCOM Still Scholars Events/Activities (on-line and on-campus)
  • Complete ATSU – KCOM prerequisites and required coursework to earn BA/BS degree
  • Maintain accurate contact information with ATSU Admissions
  • Participate in ATSU – KCOM final pre-matriculation review
  • Complete AACOMAS application by July 1 prior to senior year
  • Complete ATSU – KCOM secondary application by August 1 prior to senior year

All prescribed courses in the baccalaureate program of the applicants’ choice must be taken at Missouri Western State University.  Any deviation from the required courses requires written approval from the Pre-Health Advisor and from ATSU Admissions.  Participants must matriculate within one year of graduation from Missouri Western State University.  A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine reserves the right, at any time, to reject a student deemed unsuitable for the program.  In addition, acceptance will be withdrawn if application is made to another medical/osteopathic school, if participant criteria are not met, if academic, ethical or moral violation occurs, or if a personal change in career choice is made.  Additional details and information can be obtained through the MWSU Department of Biology or at: https://www.atsu.edu/kirksville-college-of-osteopathic-medicine/admissions/preparing-for-do-admission#scholars-early-acceptance

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Biology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
42-47
Core Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Ecology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
PHY 110College Physics I4
MAT 111Introductory Statistics3-4
or MAT 111E Introductory Statistics
Option Requirements
Select one of the following options:24-25
Major in Biology
Zoology Concentration
Botany Concentration
Health Science Concentration

Major in Biology Option

Select 24 additional credit hours from biology courses numbered 300 or higher from the following:24
Plant Morphology
History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
Animal Physiology
Ornithology
Introduction to Paleontology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Development of Federal Wildlife Law
Pathophysiology
Herpetology
Microbiology
Molecular Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Biology Teaching Practicum 1
Immunology
Biology Internship 1
Molecular Basis of Disease
Virology
Plant Physiology
Independent Research/Project 1
Entomology
Total Credit Hours24

Concentrations:
Botany
Zoology
Health Science

Botany Concentration Option

Select twenty-four credits from biology courses numbered 300 or higher from the following areas:24
Biology Concentration Courses:16
Plant Morphology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Plant Physiology
Entomology
Biology Electives:8
Select an additional eight credit hours of upper-division Biology courses, not used to fulfill the Botany Concentration course area above 1

Zoology Concentration Option

Select a minimum of twenty-four credit hours from the following:24
Animal Physiology
Ornithology
Introduction to Paleontology
Herpetology
Microbiology
Developmental Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Biology Teaching Practicum 1
Biology Internship 1
Independent Research/Project 1
Entomology
Total Credit Hours24

Health Science Concentration Option

The courses required for this concentration should prepare the student interested in a health and preprofessional program to apply and, if admitted, to succeed in the health professional program of their choice. Students selecting the Health Science concentration must be aware that additional courses may be needed to complete the admission requirements for the health professional program that they are interested in. 

Select a minimum of twenty-four credit hours from the following areas:24-25
Health Science Electives:20-21
Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Physiology
Microbiology
Molecular Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Immunology
Molecular Basis of Disease
Virology
Science Electives:
Select three to four credit hours of biology or chemistry courses numbered 300 or higher 13-4

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.

Are you ready to declare this major or minor? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the biology department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and to monitor it regularly.