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Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program

The Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program is designed to provide admission opportunities to outstanding students who aspire to become osteopathic physicians at A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM). ATSU-KCOM prides itself on developing physicians who focus on whole person healthcare and community service, and looks for students who also hold these values. ATSU-KCOM's Still Scholars Early Acceptance program rewards highly capable students who are dedicated to the osteopathic philosophy with admittance into our institution's founding osteopathic medical program without traditional MCAT requirements. This program encourages premed students to focus on developing strong academic and leadership skills, yet allows them more time to focus on their undergraduate experience without the additional pressures of preparing for the MCAT. In addition, Still Scholars are awarded a small academic scholarship upon entry into A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

How to Apply

Students must complete the formal application, then if invited, come to campus for an interview day. Students that are accepted participate in required professional development and mentoring activities that complement the undergraduate experience, and helps them become very competitive for entering medical school under the traditional application process, even without the MCAT.

Students may apply to be a Still Scholar after completing a minimum of two years of full-time undergraduate education (no less than 45 credit hours), but have no less than two years of full-time coursework left in their curricular requirements prior to graduation. Students must be a full-time student during their undergraduate college experience, and the ATSU-KCOM academic prerequisites must have been taken in a traditional residential setting or as approved AP credit (not online). Application materials must be postmarked on or before is June 1 and be mailed to:

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

Initial Acceptance 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. Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.40, including all coursework ever completed.

4. Transcript(s) showing the completion of at least 75% of the prerequisite courses

  • Biology with Lab: One year (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • General Chemistry with Lab: One year (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab: One year (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • English: One year (6 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • General Physics with Lab: One year (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
  • Proven commitment to osteopathic medicine based on required essays
  • Community service/Leadership positions held
  • Evaluation forms/Letters of recommendation

Applicants selected for an interview are notified by June 30. Required campus interviews* are held in August and include the following activities:

  • Overview of osteopathic tradition and ATSU’s history
  • Overview of ATSU-KCOM’s curriculum
  • Formal Still Scholar Admissions interviews (3 individual interviews)
  • Demonstration of Osteopathic Manipulation Techniques (OMT)
  • Lunch with current medical students
  • Campus tour

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

After the campus visit and interview, applicants who are approved for the Still Scholars Program are granted Conditional Acceptance and are given a reserved seat in ATSU-KCOM’s entering class. Upon successful completion of the Still Scholars Program requirements, students must participate in a prematriculation interview before being granted final approval for full acceptance into ATSU-KCOM. Students will also be required to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.

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 any early acceptance program. Applying for other medical schools will result in immediate forfeiture of the guaranteed seat at ATSU-KCOM. 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 to any medical school programs, including ATSU-KCOM and ATSU-SOMA, through the traditional application process.

Completion Criteria

Students accepted into the Still Scholars program are expected to complete the following requirements to maintain conditional acceptance status into ATSU-KCOM.

  • Active participation in Still Scholars online course.
  • Active participation with Admissions mentor and KCOM student mentor.
  • Completion of a minimum of 100 hours of physician shadowing or clinical experiences.
  • Continued community service and leadership activities.
  • Completion of additional upper-level science courses.
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.40.
  • Submission of the primary AACOMAS application by July 1, and ATSU-KCOM supplemental application by August 1.
  • Participation in final prematriculation interview.
  • Lack of disciplinary action (academic or legal)

Still Scholar participants are prohibited from reporting an MCAT score on the primary AACOMAS application. In the event an MCAT score is required for scholarship purposes, Still Scholar participants must submit written documentation detailing why the MCAT is required and participants must receive permission from the Admissions Office in advance of taking the MCAT. Reported MCAT scores on the AACOMAS application are grounds for immediate dismissal from the Still Scholars program.

Questions can be directed to an ATSU Admissions Counselor by calling (660) 626-2237 or emailing

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