A.T. Still University
|A.T. Still University|
|Endowment||US $53.6 million (2006)|
|President||Craig M. Phelps, DO|
|Academic staff||167 full time, 481 part time|
|Location||Kirksville, Missouri, USA
Mesa, Arizona, USA
|Campus||Kirksville, MO Rural
Mesa, AZ Urban
American School of Osteopathy (1892-1924)
|Colors||Green, Maroon, Orange, Blue & Aqua|
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution and the world's first osteopathic medical school. Founded in 1892 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, the school is based in Kirksville, Missouri, United States, and has other campuses in Arizona. ATSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The current and eleventh ATSU president is Craig M. Phelps DO, ’84, FAOASM, who replaced W. Jack Magruder July 1, 2012. The Board of Trustees, ATSU’s governing board, announce Dr. Phelps' appointment on February 4, 2012.
Today, ATSU includes one college and five schools: The Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), The Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS), the School of Health Management (ATSU-SHM), the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH), the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), and the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH).
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.
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. KCOM and SOMA both have over 20% of graduates who are fluent in Spanish. ATSU graduates match up to the populations in most need of health care in student birth to admission life experiences, training location, and career choice.
A unique partnership exists between A.T. Still and the National Association of Community Health Centers. 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. A hometown program exists to offer an opportunity for medical students previously connected to CHCs to gain admission. 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).
With providing the worlds 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."
Campus and locations
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.
ATSU’s main campus is located in Kirksville, Mo., on 150 acres. 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. 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.
- 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. 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. MOSDOH received accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) in August 2013.
ATSU in Mesa, Ariz., was established in the 1990s and is located on 59 acres. 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.
ATSU currently has 22 graduate and post-professional programs among its schools.
ATSU has an average annual enrollment of more than 3,100 students from 35 countries. The University also has approximately 40 student organizations, and students to faculty is a 11:1 ratio.
ATSU provides students with a caring, nurturing environment in which to learn, live, and thrive. The Still-Well Student Wellness Program is designed to encourage students' health and wellness throughout their educational experience, enabling them to reach their maximum potential in body, mind, and spirit.
An important concept of the Still-Well philosophy is to practice and promote a healthy lifestyle. Students first must understand and integrate wellness practices into their own lives. Wellness at ATSU is defined as a balance of intellectual, physical, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental, and vocational development.
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.
- Thomas E. McWilliams, DO '76
- Craig Phelps, DO, previous provost and current president of A.T. Still University, and primary care team physician of the NBA Phoenix Suns.
- Frederick Smith, DO, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio.
- S. S. Still, founder of Des Moines University, and nephew of Andrew Taylor Still.
- William Sutherland, DO
- Stephen Ward, DO
- Ralph Yates, DO, Chair of the American Diabetes Association's Research Foundation and Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Science University
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