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A.T. Still University
Andrew Taylor Still University Logo.png
Former names
American School of Osteopathy (1892-1922)

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) [1]

Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (1972-2003) [2]
Type Private Co-educational
Established1892;127 years ago (1892)
Endowment US $53.6 million [3] (2006)
President Craig M. Phelps, DO
Academic staff
167 full time, 481 part time [4]
Students3,717 [5] [6]
Location
CampusKirksville, MO
Mesa, AZ
Colors Blue and 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.

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Osteopathic medicine is a branch of the medical profession in the United States. Osteopathic doctors (DOs) can be licensed to practice medicine and surgery in all 50 states and are recognized to varying degrees in 65 other countries.

ATSU includes two campuses on 200 acres with six schools that offer residential programs in athletic training, audiology, biomedical science, dentistry,occupational therapy, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, and online programs in health science, public health, and transitional doctoral programs in various health professions. ATSU is made up of the following schools/colleges:

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Dentistry, also known as Dental and Oral Medicine, is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity, commonly in the dentition but also the oral mucosa, and of adjacent and related structures and tissues, particularly in the maxillofacial area. Although primarily associated with teeth among the general public, the field of dentistry or dental medicine is not limited to teeth but includes other aspects of the craniofacial complex including the temporomandibular joint and other supporting, muscular, lymphatic, nervous, vascular, and anatomical structures.

History

Missouri

The A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) was the first osteopathic medical school in the world, founded in 1892 in Kirksville, Missouri. It was originally named American School of Osteopathy. ATSU-KCOM is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). [9]

Arizona

The Arizona School of Health Sciences was established by ATSU in 1995.

A second ATSU campus opened in 2000 in Mesa Arizona. The Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health began accepting students in 2003, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), began accepting students in 2007. SOMA educates osteopathic medicine students under a relatively new medical educational model, which links osteopathic training to community health centers in the U.S.. [10]

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) is an osteopathic medical school in the United States granting the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Established in 2007, ATSU-SOMA is located at the Mesa, Arizona campus of A.T. Still University. A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the original founding institution of osteopathic healthcare, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still in Kirksville, Missouri.

The community health center (CHC) in the United States is the dominant model for providing integrated primary care and public health services for the low-income and uninsured, and represents one use of federal grant funding as part of the country's health care safety net. The health care safety net can be defined as a group of health centers, hospitals, and providers willing to provide services to the nation’s uninsured and underserved population, thus ensuring that comprehensive care is available to all, regardless of income or insurance status. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 29 million people in the country were uninsured in 2015. Many more Americans lack adequate coverage or access to health care. These groups are sometimes called "underinsured." CHCs represent one method of accessing or receiving health and medical care for both underinsured and uninsured communities.

A partnership exists between ATSU and the National Association of Community Health Centers. [11] The ATSU-ASDOH implemented a model integrating state of the art training with patient care needs in Community Health Centers (CHCs). ATSU-SOMA 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]

The Center of Advanced Oral Health, at A.T. Still University in Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, opened in 2014 in Mesa. It provides dentistry for those with advanced oral health needs, and developed in response to the complex needs of patients in underserved communities. [14]

Schools

ATSU includes two campuses with six schools:

Mission

With providing the world's first osteopathic principles to medicine, ATSU 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." [16]

Campus and locations

ATSU occupies two campuses (Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz.) on more than 200 acres with six schools offering programs in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, health sciences, and health management. [14]

Missouri campus

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.

Arizona campus

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, located in the city of Mesa, was established in the 1990s and is located on a 59-acre campus approximately 25 miles from Phoenix.

Academic programs

ATSU currently has 30 graduate and post-professional programs among its schools.

Student life

ATSU has an average annual enrollment of more than 3,100 students from 35 countries. [19] The University also has approximately 40 student organizations, and students to faculty is an 11:1 ratio. [20] The Still-Well Student Wellness Program is designed to encourage students' health and wellness.

Faculty

ATSU has more than 200 full-time faculty.

Notable alumni

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