Jun 06, 2023  
2019-2020 ATSU University Catalog 
2019-2020 ATSU University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dear Students:

Welcome to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the founding school of osteopathic medicine! You have made a wise selection in choosing an institution with a long and proud tradition of training competent and caring physicians.

The administration, faculty, and staff of ATSU-KCOM are committed to providing you the best in medical education as you undertake your learning.

This catalog will provide guidance and general information for both the biomedical sciences and doctor of osteopathic medicine programs.

I wish you all the best as you embark on this new phase of your education!

Margaret Wilson, DO


Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree program is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), 142 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2864, Phone: 312.202.8124.

ATSU-KCOM promotes conflict resolution using a chain of command hierarchy. If a student has followed the chain of command to attempt to resolve concerns without success, a complaint related to accreditation standards and procedures may be submitted to the KCOM Dean. Upon receipt of a written complaint, the Dean or designee will review and evaluate all relevant information and documentation relating to the complaint. All student complaints will be forwarded to and logged by the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and made available to the COCA visit committee at the next regularly scheduled COCA site visit. Log entries will include supporting documentation, actions, resolutions, and other pertinent information.  If resolution cannot be reached by the Dean or designee, the student may appeal in writing to the President of A.T. Still University. Students wishing to file an anonymous complaint may do so by calling the ATSU Fraud Hotline at www.fraudhl.com/submit-a-report or call 1-855-FRAUD-HL, company ID “ATSU”.

If the student has followed the complete appeals process and the student believes that the complaint provides evidence that the school is not following the COM Continuing Accreditation Standards, the student may file a complaint with the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation at 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611-2864, Phone: 312.202.8124. The COM Accreditation Standards and Procedures can be found at www.aoacoca.org.

Students who file complaints will not be retaliated against.

ATSU-KCOM Mission Statement

The mission of A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine is to educate and train students to become highly competent osteopathic physicians and healthcare leaders. ATSU-KCOM is committed to providing a quality osteopathic medical education in a research environment that prepares students for graduate medical training and clinical service.

Osteopathic Pledge of Commitment

I pledge to:

  • Provide compassionate, quality care to my patients;
  • Partner with them to promote health;
  • Display integrity and professionalism throughout my career;
  • Advance the philosophy, practice, and science of osteopathic medicine;
  • Continue lifelong learning;
  • Support my profession with loyalty in action, word, and deed; and
  • Live each day as an example of what an osteopathic physician should be.

Osteopathic Physician’s Oath

I do hereby affirm my loyalty to the profession I am about to enter. I will be mindful always of my great responsibility to preserve the health and the life of my patients, to retain their confidence and respect both as a physician and a friend who will guard their secrets with scrupulous honor and fidelity, to perform faithfully my professional duties, to employ only those recognized methods of treatment consistent with good judgment and with my skill and ability, keeping in mind always nature’s laws and the body’s inherent capacity for recovery.

I will be ever vigilant in aiding the general welfare of the community, sustaining its laws and institutions, not engaging in those practices which will in any way bring shame or discredit upon myself or my profession. I will give no drugs for deadly purposes to any person, though it be asked of me.

I will endeavor to work in accord with my colleagues in a spirit of progressive cooperation, and never by word or by act cast imputations upon them or their rightful practices.

I will look with respect and esteem upon all those who have taught me my art. To my college I will be loyal and strive always for its best interests and for the interests of the students who will come after me. I will be ever alert to further the application of basic biologic truths to the healing arts and to develop the principles of osteopathy which were first enunciated by Andrew Taylor Still.


A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
800 W. Jefferson Street
Kirksville, MO 63501

Margaret A. Wilson, DO

Kent Campbell, DO
Associate Dean of Academic and Clinical Educational Affairs

Patricia Sexton, DHEd, FNAOME
Associate Dean of Curriculum

Richard J. LaBaere, II, DO, MPH, FAODME
Associate Dean of Postgraduate Training & OPTI Academic Officer

Kelly Kirkland, MBA
Executive Assistant to the Dean

ATSU-KCOM School Policies

The following policies or guidelines apply to all programs at ATSU-KCOM.


ATSU-KCOM programs adhere to the University grading scale . See ‘Grading’ under the ATSU Policies section for more information.

Grading of courses are outlined in syllabi. Grading of clinical courses are outlined in the Student Assessment Plan Summaries, by class.

Academic Appeals

The individual professional and graduate programs of ATSU, through their faculty and established school procedures, retain principal responsibility for assessing student performance. Disputes concerning unsatisfactory progress evaluations should be reconciled through the processes and procedures described under the DO and MS in Biomedical Sciences programs individually. Additional guidelines regarding academic appeals, including grade appeals, promotion, and/or dismissal appeals will be found within the ATSU Policies section, Academic Appeals Policy .

Auditing a Course

The ATSU-KCOM audit policy is reserved for students who need to review course content or are pursuing an irregular schedule. All audits are subject to approval by the Dean or designee.

Students approved to audit a course are:

  1. Allowed to sit in class and may participate in laboratory experiences only if space is available,
  2. Are not charged tuition for the audited course, and
  3. No record of the audit will appear on the student’s transcript.

Questions concerning the audit policy should be directed to the Associate Dean of Curriculum.

BLS and ACLS Certification

ATSU-KCOM requires that all students obtain and maintain health provider level Basic Life Support (BLS) certification throughout the entire duration of enrollment. Prior to clinical rotations, ATSU-KCOM students are also required to obtain and maintain Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS) certification. Non-compliance at any time during a student’s enrollment may result in removal from clinical rotations, suspension and/or dismissal. The school provides an opportunity for certification in BLS twice during the program (years 1 and 2) and ACLS once in year 2. BLS recertification will be offered at the college during the second year however, participating students are responsible for the related fees. Also, any ACLS training off campus will be at the student’s expense.

Responsibilities and Conduct

Please refer to the University Student Handbook for information related to the responsibilities and expectations of conduct for students at ATSU-KCOM.

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 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 immunization coordinator in the office of Academic and Clinical Educational Affairs. All testing is at the expense of the student.

Under certain circumstances, a request for exemption from preventive 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 preventive health requirements may take longer or may not be able to complete the curriculum and graduate.

Required immunizations are updated annually and therefore subject to change.

  1. Required proof of the following immunizations prior to matriculation:
    1. Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP) series
    2. Hepatitis B series
    3. Positive Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer (Negative result follow-up requirement listed below)
    4. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); if documentation cannot be produced, a titer is required
    5. Meningococcal
    6. Polio series; if documentation cannot be produced, a titer is required
    7. Tdap
    8. Varicella series; if documentation cannot be produced or student contracted the chickenpox, a titer is required
    9. Negative Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer follow-up options:
      1. Repeat the three vaccination series and repeat Surface Antibody Titer one or two months later.
      2. Receive one booster vaccination and repeat Surface Antibody Titer one to two months after.  (If the titer is still negative, processed with the completion of the series and additional titer).
  2. Required immunizations while an active student at ATSU-KCOM:
    1. Tdap/Td Booster
    2. Annual Influenza
  3. Recommended Immunizations & Titers (some clinical training sites may require some or all of these):
    1. Hepatitis A Series
    2. MMR Titers


Some clinical training sites require that students show proof of immunity (example: measles) before being allowed to train at the site. Therefore, it is recommended that students have this testing done in advance of their clinical training portion of the curriculum.


Required proof of the following screenings while an active student at ATSU-KCOM:

  1. Tuberculosis Screening (TST, IGRA or chest x-ray). Required of all students annually.
  2. Drug screenings as required by regions prior to participation in rotations. Students will be notified of these requirements. Updated screenings may be required by specific rotation sites. Drug screenings may also be conducted if reasonable suspicion or fitness-for-duty concerns arise. Students are required to provide body substance samples to determine the use of illicit drugs. The University will protect the confidentiality of all drug test results unless criminal charges are involved. All testing is done at the expense of the student. A student who tests positive may be immediately placed on suspension until further action is taken. Action will be made in accordance with University policy. The student shall not return to any clinical activities until formally approved and notified in writing. Additional requirements may be imposed. Failure to comply with any or all requirements may result in further disciplinary action including dismissal.

Students will be notified of impending non-compliant status. Students not in compliance with the immunization and screening requirements will be reported to the Associate Dean of Academic and Clinical Educational Affairs (DO program) or the Graduate Program Committee (Biomedical Sciences). In addition, non-compliant students may be immediately removed from clinical experience and direct patient care until compliance has been achieved.  Proper adherence to the requirements necessitates good advanced planning.