The Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program is designed to provide early admission to outstanding pre-medical students who have as their goal 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. Visit for complete details.

Applicant Criteria

To be eligible to apply for ATSU-KCOM’s Still Scholars program, the following requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of four semesters (or 45 semester credit hours or equivalent) completed by the end of the second/sophomore year of college
  • Two years of full-time coursework remaining prior to graduation with a BS or BA degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • Student must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • At least 75 percent of prerequisite courses (see below) finished by the end of the sophomore year, or Aug. 1
  • Received a B or above in all pre-requisite courses (see pre-requisite list below)
  • All college courses that meet pre-requisites must be taken after high school graduation with the exception of the eligible English advanced standing credit referenced in the prerequisite course list below.
  • Strong clinical experiences and/or shadowing (minimum of 50 hours combined)
  • Strong leadership and service experiences (minimum of 50 hours combined)
  • The applicant must have achieved a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade point average and a 3.4 minimum science grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation from the following professionals unrelated to applicant:
    • Science faculty that you received a grade from OR health professions advisor;
    • Physician that you have shadowed (MD or DO);
    • Advisor for a service organization you are an active member of

Application/Admission Process

Application opens each March and will be due to the MWSU Health Professions Advisory Committee on ~April 15 for review. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the committee and applications of students selected for nomination will be forwarded to ATSU Admissions (from the Pre-Health Advisor) on or before August 1.

Student applications will be reviewed and an on-campus interview conducted in early fall. Students given conditional early acceptance into ATSU-KCOM through the Still Scholars Program will be required to successfully complete facilitated assignments and activities prior to submitting a final AACOMAS and secondary applications to ATSU-KCOM. A final pre-matriculation interview will be conducted in early Fall of the student’s senior year to provide full acceptance into ATSU-KCOM’s DO program.

Prerequisite Coursework List Minimum Semester Credit Hours Example MWSU Coursework
General Biology One year lecture and lab 8 BIO 105 and BIO 106
General Chemistry One year lecture and lab 8 CHE 111 and CHE 120
Organic Chemistry One year lecture and lab 8 CHE 310/311 and

CHE 312/313

Physics One year lecture and lab 8 PHY 110 and PHY 111
English Composition/Technical Writing May be taken as Advanced Placement Credit 3 ENG 104

Prior to matriculation into ATSU-KCOM’s DO program, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s of art or science degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, plus all remaining pre-requisite courses. Students accepted into the Still Scholars Early Admissions Program are exempted from taking the MCAT, and may not submit an MCAT score to AACOMAS.

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