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. 

    Course Descriptions

    See electives and course descriptions for the four-year curriculum.

    Clinical Experience

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

    Honors and Specialty Tracks

    KCU provides specialized training in areas such as global health, military medicine and rural medicine.

    Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunities

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

     

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    Year 1 Continuum

    Typical Year Weeks

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    MED 123 MED 124

    • MED 110 Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms (3 Weeks)
    • MED 111 Host Defense Mechanisms (2 Weeks)
    • MED 112 Musculoskeletal I (6 Weeks)
    • BETH 110 Ethics for Physicians (1 week)
    • MED 113 Cardiopulmonary I (5 Weeks)
    • MED 114 Gastrointestinal I (4 Weeks)
    • MED 115 Renal I (3 Weeks)
    • MED 116 Endocrine I (2 Weeks)
    • MED 117 Reproduction and Development I (4 weeks)
    • MED 118 Neuroscience I (6 Weeks)
    • MED 120 Mechanisms of Disease (6 Weeks)
    • MED 119 Microbiology (2 Weeks)

    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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    Osteopathic Clinical Skills III OCS IV