DO Programs

  • Through the College of Osteopathic Medicine's integrated and clinical presentation-based curriculum, medical students develop decision-making skills using a patient-centered approach to medicine.

    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Degree

    From the first day of your medical education, you will acquire hands-on clinical experience, preparing you earlier to become a more effective physician. Clinical presentation enhancements, such as human patient simulators and standardized patients, teach vital patient-physician communication skills. The curriculum focuses on the all-important patient relationship with an emphasis on osteopathic philosophy and principles.


    Dual-Degree Programs

  • Dual-Degree: DO/MA in Bioethics

    KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Biosciences jointly offer this innovative program in which select students can concurrently earn a doctor of osteopathic medicine and a master of arts in bioethics in four years.

    KCU's bioethics program trains future osteopathic physicians to become leaders among their colleagues on hospital ethics committees and at academic medical centers, group practices and other professional venues. Completion of the bioethics program also enhances medical students' abilities to earn coveted scholarships, internships and residencies.


    Advances in stem-cell research and genetic engineering, the globalization of medical practice and health-care policy, and the relationships between environmental quality and human health have raised critical ethical issues in medicine. It is crucial that doctors who are also trained in bioethics provide leadership in addressing these vital ethical challenges.

    Graduates of the KCU dual-degree in bioethics will be prepared to provide this needed leadership. The degree program provides a broad orientation to the interdisciplinary field of bioethics, including an in-depth examination of philosophical and religious ethics. Students can complete both the doctor of osteopathic medicine and master of arts in bioethics at the end of four years.


    Dual-Degree: DO/MBA in Healthcare Leadership

    KCU and Rockhurst University jointly offer an innovative program through which selected KCU medical students can earn dual degrees – a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from KCU and a master of business administration in healthcare leadership from Rockhurst University.


    In the new managed-care environment, physicians need to balance the quality of health care with considerations of cost. Through this program, our medical students become knowledgeable in the management languages of accounting, economics, finance, human resources, information technology, law, marketing and management.

    Students will learn the sound business practices essential to providing quality, holistic care for patients and are exposed to the best management and leadership practices used by the industry today.

    The MBA portion of the degree has been tailored to accommodate KCU’s medical program and to allow students to graduate with their entering class.