Welcome accepted applicant to the founding school of osteopathic medicine! Thank you for making the choice to attend A.T. Still University (ATSU) - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM). We are very happy to have you joining the student body and the Kirksville, MO community.

The following policies or guidelines apply to all programs at KCOM.


All tuition, educational supply, and equipment fees are due and payable by the first day of each term. The controller’s office will receive tuition payments and make refunds as necessary. For more information regarding tuition, please visit University Catalog

Background Check

I understand my final approval for matriculation to ATSU is contingent upon satisfactory review of information contained in my criminal background check report. The background check will be conducted by a vendor approved by ATSU, and at my own expense. I further understand that I am required to report any arrests, fines, charges (pending and/or dropped), or convictions that have occurred or may occur from the date of my application forward. Such reports should be submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs within 5 days of the event.

Responsibilities and Conduct

Please refer to the University Student Handbook for information related to the responsibilities and expectations of conduct for students at KCOM.

Orientation Dates

Orientation begins July 9, 2018 for the Class of 2022. The White Coat Ceremony is held Saturday, July 14, 2018. A detailed schedule is provided by the Admissions Department.


Required attendance activities are denoted on the student calendar. Review the University Catalog for policies about student absences.

Immunizations, screenings, and certifications for DO and Biomedical Sciences programs

  1. KCOM students (medical students, fellows, and biomedical science students) must meet conditions listed above. The immunization and screening schedule spans the entire time of enrollment at KCOM. Therefore, compliance is required on a continuous basis. Students failing to meet these standards will not be allowed to have school sanctioned clinical training or graduate until requirements are met.
  2. Students will be notified of impending non-compliant status. Students not in compliance with the immunization and screening requirements will be reported to the Associate Dean for Academic and Clinical Educational Affairs (DO program) or the Graduate Program Committee (Biomedical Sciences). In addition, non-compliant students will be immediately removed from clinical experience and direct patient care until compliance has been achieved.
  3. Students should be aware additional immunizations or titers are required in specific regions. Likewise, specific sites may also require drug screens prior to student participation in a rotation. Regional immunization and screening requirements are subject to change. Students will be notified of these requirements.
  4. Students should be aware immunization and screening standards may be different for certain clinical rotations as compared to others. It is not uncommon for infectious disease and pediatric/neonatal intensive care rotations to require further proof of immunization status than other clinical rotations. Students wishing to complete clinical training rotations in these facilities will need to comply with the facilities’ required immunization and screening policies.
    1. Required immunizations, titers, and screenings are updated yearly and therefore subject to change. This information is included for reference only.
    2. Required proof of the following immunizations prior to matriculation:
      • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP) series
      • Hepatitis B series
      • Positive Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer (Negative result follow-up requirement listed below)
      • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); if documentation cannot be produced, a titer is required
      • Meningococcal
      • Polio series; if documentation cannot be produced, a titer is required
      • Tdap
      • Tuberculosis Screening (TST, IGRA, or chest X-ray) (must be dated within matriculation year)
      • Varicella series; if documentation cannot be produced or student contracted the chickenpox, a titer is required
      • Negative Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer follow-up options:
        • Repeat the three vaccination series & repeat Surface Antibody Titer one to two months after
        • Receive one booster vaccination & repeat Surface Antibody Titer one to two months after (if the titer is still negative, proceed with completion of the series and additional titer).

    3. Required immunizations while an active student at KCOM:
      • Tdap/Td Booster (every 10 years)
      • Yearly Tuberculosis Screening (TST, IGRA or chest X-ray)
      • Yearly Influenza

    4. Recommended immunizations:
      • Hepatitis A series
      • MMR Titers

  5. Documents related to immunizations and screenings will be maintained and monitored through the Academic and Clinical Educational Affairs department.
  6. All testing is at the expense of the student. Students should be aware that good prior planning is needed to maintain compliance in the immunization program.