MNU Becomes Partner with KCU Providing Early Admission to Med School

Oct. 17, 2017 - by Carol Best

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) and MidAmerica Nazarene University have agreed to a partnership allowing qualifying MNU students early admission to KCU-COM. The Partners Program will provide significant benefits to MNU students who are accepted. Not only will the dual-enrolled students save time and cost on their journey to become physicians, but also, they will bypass the usual process of medical school admission.

McIntire Spittal at KCUDr. Larry McIntire with MNU President David Spittal.

The new program allows students to apply for a coveted spot at KCU-COM during their sophomore year at MNU. Based on several factors, including a minimum ACT score of 28 and an overall GPA of 3.5 in science courses at MNU, the students chosen will become first-year medical students at KCU during their senior year at MNU.

“Because KCU-COM will hold a certain number of spots for MNU each year, our applicants know they have a higher chance of being accepted,” says Dr. Rion Taylor, MNU professor of biology, and member of the pre-med committee. “The pre-med committee is excited for the pathway this new partnership will provide. It will allow students to jumpstart their lives of service through medicine.”

Joplin physician Larry McIntire, DO, chairman of MNU’s board of trustees, has been integral to the development of the partnership.

“This opens new and exciting opportunities to MNU students who will be inspired to accelerate their development toward a more certain goal of studying medicine,” McIntire says.  

Numerous studies project a shortage of primary care physicians in the U.S. and the Partners Program gives students an additional path to prepare for the profession. Recently, McIntire also helped provide vision and philanthropic leadership to establish a second KCU campus in Joplin, Missouri. The Farber-McIntire Campus is the first new medical school established in Missouri in nearly 50 years. 

Farber-McIntire CampusDr. Larry McIntire at the Joplin campus he helped found.

“The great thing about the new campus is it provides greater capacity for the school to educate more physicians,” Taylor says, adding that the Partners Program is available at both the Kansas City and Joplin campuses.

Students who are considering a medical career should contact their MNU academic advisor as early as the beginning of their freshman year. 

 

 

 

 

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