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 traditionally begins mid-July each year. The White Coat Ceremony is held on Saturday following orientation week. More information about New Student Orientation is provided to accepted students by the Office of Student Life in early spring.


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

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


ATSU-KCOM requires all entering students (medical students and biomedical science students) and fellows to provide proof of their immunizations in order to enroll in courses. This is necessary for the students for the student’s protection as well as the protection of any individuals with whom they come in contact. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain up-to-date immunization protection throughout the entire duration of enrollment. Therefore, compliance is required on a continuous basis. Non-compliance at any time during a student’s enrollment may result in removal from clinical rotations, suspension, and/or dismissal. Documents related to immunizations and screenings will be maintained and monitored by ATSU-KCOM Clinical Affairs Immunization Coordinator. All testing is at the expense of the student.

Under certain circumstances, a request for exemption from preventative health requirements may be provisionally granted if a state of Missouri allowable immunization exemption certificate is on file with the ATSU-KCOM immunization coordinator. However, ATSU-KCOM cannot guarantee placement in a clinical region or in clinical clerkships (rotations) when this exemption is granted. Consequently, students receiving an exemption from preventative health requirements may take longer or may not be able to complete the curriculum and graduate.

Required immunizations are updated annually and therefore are subject to change.

Required proof of the following immunizations prior to matriculation:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, (DTP) series
  • Hepatitis B series
  • Positive Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) series
  • Meningococcal (MenAWCY)
  • Polio series
  • Tdap
  • Varicella series

Required proof of the following screenings prior to matriculation:

  • - 2-Step PPD Tuberculosis Screening or IGRA/Chest X-Ray; must be dated within the matriculation year. Please refer to the CDC TB Screening and Testing of Health Care Personnel for instructions on 2-Step TB Testing.

For any questions or concerns regarding the immunizations, certifications, and screenings required at ATSU-KCOM, please contact the Immunization Coordinator in the office of Clinical Affairs at 660.626.2513.