A.T. Still University

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Coordinates: 40°11′37″N 92°34′46″W / 40.193611°N 92.579444°W / 40.193611; -92.579444

A.T. Still University
Andrew Taylor Still University Logo.png
Established 1892; 122 years ago (1892)
Type Private Co-educational
Endowment US $53.6 million[1] (2006)
President Craig M. Phelps, DO
Academic staff 167 full time, 481 part time[2]
Students 3,293[3][4]
Location Kirksville, Missouri, USA, USA
Campus Kirksville, MO Rural
Mesa, AZ Urban
Former names

American School of Osteopathy (1892-1924)
A.T. Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery (1922-1924)
Combined Schools Kirksville Osteopathy College (1924-1926)
Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery (1926-1971)[5]

Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (1972-2003)[6]
Colors Green, Maroon, Orange, Blue & Aqua
Website www.atsu.edu

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) is a non-profit, private, graduate school focusing on health sciences, as well as the world's first osteopathic medical school.[7] Founded in 1892 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still,[8] the school is based in Kirksville, Missouri, United States, with a second campus in Arizona. ATSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The current and eleventh president of ATSU is Craig M. Phelps, DO.

ATSU includes one college and five schools that offer programs in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, and health management: the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona School of Health Sciences, the School of Health Management, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health.


The Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded in 1892 (originally named American School of Osteopathy); the Arizona School of Health Sciences was founded in 1995; the School of Health Management was founded in 1999; the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) was founded in 2003; the School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona was founded in 2006. The ASDOH clinic opened in 2005.[9]

Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM), as the original osteopathic model, has continued to distribute graduates at top levels to the rural and underserved areas of the nation in most need of physicians. KCOM graduates train in a wide range of rural and urban locations. The School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona (SOMA) is a new medical education model linking osteopathic training to the nation's Community Health Centers.[10]

A unique partnership exists between A.T. Still and the National Association of Community Health Centers.[11] In response to needs for primary care, the Physician Assistant training program was integrated into the initial Arizona campus plans. The ASDOH implemented a unique model integrating state of the art training with patient care needs in Community Health Centers (CHC). The School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona works in partnership with eleven sites to integrate medical education with preparation for the most complex healthcare careers.[12] A hometown program exists to offer an opportunity for medical students previously connected to CHCs to gain admission.[13] Specific tracks also focus on Native American health professional workforce.

A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).[14]


With providing the world's first osteopathic principles to medicine, A.T. Still University states:

"A.T. Still University of Health Sciences serves as a learning-centered university dedicated to preparing highly competent professionals through innovative academic programs with a commitment to continue its osteopathic heritage and focus on whole person healthcare, scholarship, community health, interprofessional education, diversity, and underserved populations."[15]

Campus and locations[edit]

ATSU comprises two osteopathic medical schools, a school of dentistry and oral health, a school of health sciences, and an online school of health management. A second school of dentistry and oral health is scheduled to open in 2013.

Missouri campus[edit]

ATSU’s main campus is located on 150 acres in Kirksville, Missouri. Kirksville’s population is more than 17,000 and is approximately 180 miles to Kansas City and 214 miles to St. Louis.

  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine - The Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine deals exclusively with training osteopathic physicians and grants the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. ATSU-KCOM also offers a two-year master’s degree in biomedical sciences for students interested in health science careers in medicine, education, or research. ATSU-KCOM’s DO curriculum includes four years of study.[16] The first two years focus on the basic and clinical sciences including osteopathic theory and methods, in an academic setting at the Missouri campus. The third- and fourth-year clinical rotation experience is completed at sites in one of the rotation regions. These regions include Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah. The campus features a human patient simulation lab, study rooms for standardized patient encounters, classrooms, and labs.. It also houses the Gutensohn Clinic, the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, the A.T. Still Memorial Library, the Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center, and the A.T. Still Research Institute.[16]
  • School of Health Management - The School of Health Management was founded in 1999 on the Kirksville Campus. This school trains individuals in health education, public health, and the business side of healthcare.
  • Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health - It was announced on February 17, 2011 that a branch campus of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health will be added to the Kirksville A.T. Still campus.[17] However at an October 2011 meeting the A.T. Still University Board of Directors voted to instead operate the new Kirksville dental school as a separate entity. Construction of a two-story, 61,000 square foot building adjacent to the ATSU Kirksville campus began in spring 2012, with an initial class of 40-50 students expected to begin classes in the fall of 2013.[18] The school received accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) in August 2013.[19]

Arizona campus[edit]

ATSU in Mesa, Arizona, was established in the 1990s and is located on a 59-acre campus. Mesa’s population is more than 400,000 and is approximately 104 miles to Oracle and 118 miles to Sedona.

  • Arizona School of Health Sciences - Arizona School of Health Sciences was founded in 1995, and was the first school to occupy ATSU’s second campus in Mesa, Arizona. The School offers a variety of allied health programs including athletic training, audiology, health sciences, human movement, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies.
  • Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health - ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Arizona's first dental school, was added to the Arizona campus in 2003. The School offers a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree and certificate in orthodontics.
  • School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona - ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona exclusively trains osteopathic physicians and offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. ATSU-SOMA operates in a portion of an existing 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) building on the 22-acre (8.9 ha) campus of ATSU in Mesa, Ariz. The campus is the anchor of the Arizona Health & Technology Park, a 132-acre (53.4 ha) education, healthcare, and technology triangle owned by ATSU and Vanguard Health Systems. The master plan for the new park includes hospitals, long-term care facilities, professional offices, and product development research facilities.[20]

Academic programs[edit]

ATSU currently has 22 graduate and post-professional programs among its schools.

Student life[edit]

ATSU has an average annual enrollment of more than 3,100 students from 35 countries.[citation needed] The University also has approximately 40 student organizations, and students to faculty is an 11:1 ratio.[21] The Still-Well Student Wellness Program is designed to encourage students' health and wellness.


ATSU has more than 200 full-time faculty. Faculty often receive external honors and recognition for their work and commitment to their profession. Internally, awards are given to employees on each campus for employee excellence and distinguished service.


Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "A.T. Still University". College Navigator. Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine". AACOM. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Communication: Fast Fact". A.T. Still University (Kirksville, Missouri). Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  5. ^ Walter, Georgia (1992). The first school of osteopathic medicine. ISBN 0-943549-08-6. 
  6. ^ Sarah Young (2002-10-24). "KCOM honors founder". 
  7. ^ "A.T. Still University - Support ATSU - Partners & Friends". Atsu.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Andrew Taylor Still". 
  9. ^ "ATSU Dental Clinic - Student Dentists serving the Phoenix Valley". Atsudental.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  10. ^ Krueger, PM; Dane, P; Slocum, P; Kimmelman, M (June 2009). "Osteopathic clinical training in three universities.". Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 84 (6): 712–7. doi:10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181a409b1. PMID 19474543. 
  11. ^ "National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc". Nachc.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  12. ^ "ATSU - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona - "The Medical School of the Future" - Community Health Centers". Atsu.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  13. ^ "ATSU - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona - Admissions - Hometown Partnerships for Health". Atsu.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  14. ^ "A. T. Still University of Health Sciences". The Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Our Mission". A.T. Still University. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "ATSU - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine - About KCOM - Campus". Atsu.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  17. ^ KTVO Newsdesk (Feb 17, 2011). "Kirksville lands dental school". The Heartland Connection. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  18. ^ Curtis, Chris (October 3, 2011). "Bond approved for new Missouri School of Dental and Oral Health". The Heartland Connection. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  19. ^ "Search DDS/DMD Programs". DDS/DMD Programs-U.S. American Dental Association. 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "ATSU - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona - About - The Campus". Atsu.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  21. ^ "Quick Facts". AT Still University. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Leading the Way to a Cure for Diabetes". ForeFront. Summer 2009. p. 38. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Biographies - Oregon Medical Board". Oregon State. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 

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