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A T Still University of Health Sciences

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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) maintains a campus in Kirksville, Missouri, and a campus in Mesa, Arizona, while offering 29 degree programs at the doctorate and master degree-level, and through various certificate programs. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools, ATSU is known for its comprehensive health education and health research.

There are six main colleges in which students may earn their degrees and/or certificates:

  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine—Missouri campus
  • Arizona School of Health Sciences—Arizona campus
  • School of Health Management—exclusively an online school, Missouri campus
  • Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health—Arizona campus
  • Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health—Missouri campus
  • School of Osteopathic Medicine—Arizona campus

The university offers nine online programs which include doctorate-level degree programs, and master-level degree programs. Students can earn three types of doctorate degrees including the Doctor of Health Education, Transitional Doctor of Audiology, and Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy. The Doctor of Health Education program is geared toward healthcare and wellness professionals interested in advancing their career. The Transitional Doctor of Audiology degree is designed for practical audiologists looking to hone their skills. Students use web pages, slide shows, chat rooms and other web-based resources in this one-to-two-year program. The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is intended for practicing physical therapists seeking ways to enhance their knowledge as well as their credentials. This program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

ASTU also offers master-level degree programs in the following fields of study: advanced occupational therapy, advanced physician assistant studies, geriatric health, health education, and public health. The masters program for advanced occupational therapy is geared toward practicing occupational therapists seeking career advancement. It is a two-year program that focuses on strengthening academic foundations, enhancing analytical skills, and improving clinical reasoning. The advanced physician assistant studies program is designed for healthcare professionals interested in enhancing their clinical knowledge as well as their academic status. This program offers concentrations in either clinical medicine, or education and leadership. The geriatric health master degree program focuses primarily on the needs of growing demographics. This program is geared toward healthcare administrators, clinicians, and educators. The health administration program is designed for individuals seeking careers in facility management or administration. The program provides comprehensive knowledge and understanding of information systems, human relationships, finance, and leadership skills. The health education master degree program is a 14-course program designed for current or future health educators seeking knowledge of planning, designing, and implementing effective programs and course offerings. The program uses tutorials, and includes a four-day residency. In addition, the public health program prepares students for leadership roles in public health, offering concentrations in planning, policy, or environmental health.

The Kirksville, Missouri campus maintains all online programs through the School of Health Management and also maintains the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine which offers a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, as well as a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree.

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Students who would like to apply and enroll in one of the university’s nine online programs should contact the institution directly. Prospective students must download an application for admission form found at their website and submit it to the school.

Each program has specific requirements. Check the university website for requirements prior to applying.

Financial Aid

ATSU offers financial aid to qualifying online students. All students are required to fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered.

For a financial aid checklist, detailed descriptions of all aid available as well as steps for completing the financial aid process, visit the school’s website.


Athletic programs are not offered at the university.

Additional School Information

Various online programs are offered for working professionals to assist them with earning a variety of advanced allied health degrees. Online programs are extremely flexible, allowing students to complete their assignments on their own time within a designated time period.

Online technical support and customer service, academic advising, financial aid assistance, and an online library are additional services provided by the University.

The university is also the parent institution to the National Osteopathic Museum, located in Kirksville, Missouri. This museum is dedicated to the history of osteopathic medicine, as well as the legacy of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still and the osteopathic field.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 116 0.66
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 88 0.50
Larceny 480 2.73
Vehicle theft 9 0.05

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Kirksville, MO 63501
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population21,110 (16,672 urban / 4,438 rural)
Households8,142 (2.25 people per house)
Median Household Income$25,755
Families4,217 (2.88 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Medical schools and medical centers
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively graduate/professional
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemOther academic year
Years of college work required3
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2906

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $27,756 $27,756 $27,756
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,050 $1,050 $1,050
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $492 $492 $492
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $58,710 $58,710
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $1,050 $1,050
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Tuition $45,760 $45,760
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Required Fees $1,050 $1,050

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity44
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,460
Board FeeN/A

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Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 10 22 17 36 7 282 16 400
Athletic Training/Trainer 5 7 4 2 2 80 5 106
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 1 10 1 13
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other 1 2 3
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1 7 1 10
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 2 3 35 1 41
Physician Assistant 1 7 3 7 3 74 7 105
Public Health, General 2 7 8 23 2 74 1 122

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 331st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $93,233 ($102,756 male / $60,853 female)
Number of FT Faculty 112 (55 male / 57 female)
Number of PT Faculty 710
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $7,180,075

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