PreMed Programs

Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program (OMSP)

The University of Pikeville, in conjunction with the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, offers a cooperative eight year program (4 + 4) leading to a bachelor’s degree and a D.O. degree. The program is open to graduating high school seniors who:
  • have a minimum 1200 SAT or 26 ACT,
  • are in the top 10 percent of his/her class or have a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • is a resident of Kentucky, West Virginia, or Virginia

OMSP Scholars

Up to 10 scholars are selected each year. After completing the bachelor’s degree at the University of Pikeville, scholars will be automatically admitted to KYCOM if they have maintained a 3.4 cumulative and science GPA, scored a minimum of 24 on the MCAT, participated fully in program activities, and exhibited proper ethical qualities and conduct.

Applications for this program are due by February 1, 2019. Applications may be requested from UPIKE Admissions,, or 606.218.5306. Applications may also be accessed at OMSP Application.

Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP)

The Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) offered by Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) exists to remedy the significantly underserved medical needs of Kentucky's rural areas by addressing the chronic underrepresentation of Kentucky residents in medical school admissions.

2012 PEPP Students

The KYCOM PEPP Scholars Program accepts Kentucky high school students. The KYCOM PEPP program annually enrolls approximately 25-30 high school students in a one-week summer residential program that offers participants a variety of educational experiences targeted to enhance their personal interest in a medical career, add to their understanding of the elements of a medical education, and expand their awareness of how medicine is practiced in a rural setting. Typically, PEPP program activities include lectures, anatomical laboratory sessions, volunteer work in the local hospital, and participation in relevant social and cultural events.

The PEPP program was established by the 1980 Kentucky General Assembly (KRS 162.028) for the purpose of increasing the number and proportion of students particularity from medically underserved areas of the commonwealth who apply to, are accepted by, and graduate from medical school. 

Given that applications exceed program capacity, students about to enter the 12th grade who meet program requirements are accepted first, followed followed by students entering the 11th grade. Typically, the PEPP application deadline is March 15th, 2019. Applications can be accessed by clicking the following hyperlink: PEPP Application 2019. Please complete the form and mail it and all required materials to Ronnie Collins, KYCOM Director of Admissions & Recruitment. Mr. Collins can also be directly contacted at 606.218.5409.

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