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Phase One: Initial Application Criteria

In selecting Still Scholars, ATSU looks for students who demonstrate an understanding of the osteopathic philosophy, have an expressed commitment to pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine, are academically talented, and have demonstrated maturity inside and outside of the classroom. 

The Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program application materials include:

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: Extra-Curricular 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)
  • English: Two completed courses (6 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • General Physics with Lab: Two completed courses (8 semester hours/12 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. A "B-" will not be accepted.

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:
  • Overall academic record
  • Fulfillment of academic requirements with a minimum grade of “B” in each required course
  • Proven commitment to osteopathic medicine based on required essays
  • Community service/Leadership positions held
  • Evaluation forms/Letters of recommendation

Applicants selected for a campus visit are notified by August 15. Each selected applicant is invited for a required campus visit* in September that includes the following activities:

  • Overview of osteopathic tradition and ATSU’s history
  • Overview of ATSU-KCOM’s curriculum
  • Shadowing experience with an osteopathic physician
  • Demonstration of Osteopathic Manipulation Techniques (OMT)
  • Interaction with current medical students
  • Tour of campus
  • Formal Still Scholar Admissions interview with the ATSU-KCOM selection committee

*Special arrangements can be made for students residing in Hawaii or Alaska.

After the campus visit and interview, applicants who are approved to be a Still Scholar are granted Conditional Acceptance and are given a reserved seat in ATSU-KCOM’s entering class upon baccalaureate graduation, providing the remaining program criteria are met. Students will receive full acceptance after completing a prematriculation interview.

No more than 15 students will be accepted into this program per year.

Exclusive Agreement

The ATSU-KCOM Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program requires that Scholars who are granted conditional acceptance agree to not apply to any other school unless they have received a formal denial/dismissal from the Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program. It is considered unethical to apply to other schools if a participant is granted acceptance into in any early acceptance program. Applying for other medical schools will result in immediate forfeiture of the guaranteed seat in that medical school’s program. If a participant’s application is declined or if a participant is dismissed from the program for any reason, they are then able to apply for any medical school programs, including ATSU-KCOM and ATSU-SOMA, through the traditional application process.

All components of the completed application, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts must have a postmark date on or before June 1, and be mailed to:

Andrea O’Brien, M.S., Associate Director of Residential Admissions
ATSU-KCOM Admissions
Still Scholars Program
800 W. Jefferson Street
Kirksville, MO 63501

Phase Two: Gaining Full Acceptance