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The Still Scholars, PreOsteopathic Program is designed to provide admission opportunities to outstanding students of Elmhurst College who have as their goal to become Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. The program is conducted under joint collaboration of Elmhurst College and A.T. Still University (ATSU), Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM).
Under this program, Elmhurst College students apply to the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine at the end of their sophomore year, or during their fourth semester as a residential Elmhurst College student, and must have been a residential Elmhurst College student for a minimum of three semesters. Students will be awarded reserved admissions to KCOM at the beginning of their junior year at Elmhurst College. Students must commit to completing their junior and senior year at Elmhurst College earning a BA/BS degree prior to matriculating to KCOM.
The advantage for those students accepted at the end of their sophomore year is to have a reserved seat in KCOM’s entering class upon graduation from Elmhurst College. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is not required. After acceptance to the program, the student can spend the last two years at Elmhurst College meeting graduation major/minor requirements, taking electives, fulfilling internship and/or service opportunities, and otherwise broadening his/her life experiences. Scholars will be awarded an academic scholarship for A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Elmhurst College students may enroll in any major, provided the KCOM entry requirements are met by the designated year of enrollment. Elmhurst College students will apply for admissions to this program after completing three semesters (approximately 45 credit hours) as an Elmhurst College student. Applications will be available in January of the sophomore year and will be due on April 1. Applications of students selected for nomination by Elmhurst College must be submitted to the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine by June 1. Applicants will interview during the summer following their sophomore year. Selected students will be awarded reserved admissions to KCOM at the beginning of the junior year. Eligibility criteria for this program include:
- Minimum 28 composite ACT score or 1860 SAT score
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 overall and 3.40 in the sciences
- Submission of application and official transcripts by specified date.
- Student must have completed or be enrolled in the following Elmhurst College courses at the time of application:
Biology 250, 251
Chemistry 211, 212, 311
English 105, 106
- Submit application to the Elmhurst College Pre-Health advisor by specified date
- Applicant must forward a minimum of two letters of evaluation:
- One must be from the Pre-Health Advisor and/or a science faculty member
- Additional letters may come from a faculty member, staff member, or employer
Selection committee will rank the top students using the following criteria:
- Fulfillment of all academic and course requirements
- Commitment to osteopathic medicine
- Community service/leadership positions held
- Successful interview with the KCOM selection committee
- Maintain a minimum 3.4 overall and science GPA
- Continue to gain clinical experience/exposure
- Continue community service/leadership opportunities
- Demonstrate commitment to osteopathic medicine
- Participate in KCOM Still Scholars Events
- Complete required coursework at Elmhurst College
- Earn BA/BS degree from Elmhurst College
- Maintain accurate contact information with ATSU Admissions
- Participate in KCOM final pre-matriculation review
- Complete AACOMAS application by July 1 prior to senior year
- Complete KCOM secondary application by August 1 prior to senior year
- Must successfully complete the following prerequisite courses at Elmhurst College prior to matriculation to KCOM:
- General Biology – one year with laboratory or 8 semester hours
- Physics – one year with laboratory or 8 semester hours
- General or Inorganic Chemistry – one year with laboratory or 8 semester hours
- Organic Chemistry – one year with laboratory or 8 semester hours
- English – 6 semester hours
- Academic Skills Workshop/Shadowing Experience
- Professionalism Workshop
- Alumni Ambassador Shadowing Experience
All prescribed courses in the baccalaureate program of the applicants’ choice must be taken at Elmhurst College. Any deviation from the required courses requires written approval from the Elmhurst College Pre-Health Advisor and from ATSU Admissions. Participants must complete graduation requirements for Elmhurst College in four years prior to matriculating to KCOM. 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, or if academic, ethical, or moral violation occurs, or if a personal change in career choice is made.
Your Connection at Elmhurst College:
Frank Mittermeyer, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Health Professions
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296
Cheryl Leoni, M.A.
Assistant Director, Center for the Health Professions
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296