Curriculum

  • The curriculum at KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) consists of four years of structured training leading to the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Unlike traditional undergraduate and graduate institutions where students register for individual courses, the COM curriculum is built on continuum blocks that students take as cohorts (with the exception of course electives). The first two years of the curriculum are classroom oriented with clinical presentation enhancements, covering the foundations of basic and clinical medical sciences. During the third and fourth years of study, students receive advanced clinical training through clerkships in a wide variety of medical settings, both in Kansas City and throughout the United States. 

    Clinical Experience

    KCU provides early clinical training for students to conduct their rotations.

    Honors and Specialty Tracks

    KCU provides specialized training in global health and military medicine.

    Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunities

    KCU has two programs that award fellowships to students who have achieved outstanding performance during training.

    Questions?

    Contact our Office of Assessment for answers to your curriculum questions.   

     


     

    Years 3 and 4 Curriculum

    Take a look at the rotation curriculum for students in their third and fourth years. 

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    Year 1 Continuum

    Typical Year Weeks

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    BCLS Basic Cardiac Life Support (non-credit, required)
    Non-credit. Certification is required to advance to second year of studies. All students must take the KCU offered course. Graded S/U. 

     

    Year 2 Continuum

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