Partners Program

  • About the Partners Program

    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) is fortunate to be able to offer a unique early admissions opportunity to outstanding undergraduate students at select educational institutions.

    The Partners Program, established in 1998, offers well-qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to gain early admission to KCU-COM.

    Through the program, undergraduate students attending certain institutions with exceptional premedical programs can apply for admission to KCU-COM during their sophomore year.

    Those accepted by the end of their sophomore year will have a reserved seat in KCU-COM following completion of their junior year and will forgo their final year of undergraduate work.

    In addition, students applying through the Partners Program are not required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Applications will be available through premedical or pre-health professions advisors at partner institutions.


    For More Information
    Contact the Office of Admissions at or by calling 816-654-7160 or 1-877-425-0247.

    Participating Undergraduate Institutions

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     Avila University
     Central Methodist University
     Culver-Stockton College
     Drury University
    Harris-Stowe State University
    Missouri Southern State University
    Missouri Western State University
    Pittsburg State University

    Rockhurst University 
    William Jewell College

    University of Missouri-St. Louis
    University of St. Mary  

    Partners Program Eligibility

    • Selection for the Partners Program will be based upon the following criteria:
      • ACT score (minimum of 28)
      • Freshman/sophomore year academic performance
      • Community service
      • Knowledge of and dedication to the field of osteopathic medicine
      • Undergraduate and high school activities
      • When a student meets all requirements, he/she is then interviewed by his/her premedical or pre-health professions committee. The premedical or pre-health professions committee will then make a recommendation to KCU's Director of Admissions. Selected students then choose an interview date and will participate in a full interview day on the KCU campus.
    • The following coursework is required to be completed at the student's undergraduate institution:
      • Biological sciences: 12 hours
      • Chemistry: 13 hours
      • Biochemistry: 3 hours (in addition to 13 hours of chemistry)
      • Physics: 8 hours
      • English composition and/or literature: 6 hours
    • Students selected for the Partners Program must complete a minimum of 90 hours of coursework at their respective undergraduate institutions before matriculating into KCU-COM.
    • All students selected must participate in KCU-COM's week Summer Learning Enhancement Program (SLEP), which takes place the third week in July.
    • Upon each student's completion of his/her bachelor's degree undergraduate requirements, each student must provide an official undergraduate transcript to KCU's Registrar's Office. Please be sure to consult your pre-health or pre-med advisor for any additional eligibility requirements necessary to satisfy your undergraduate institution before matriculating to KCU-COM.