A.T. Still University of Health Sciences

In 1892, the Kirkville College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded as the world’s first osteopathic medical school. Today, comprehensively known as A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, it also consists of a school of health sciences, health management, dentistry and oral health, and osteopathic medicine. With its whole-person healthcare approach, this institution is recognized for its applied wellness education, geriatric health, intergenerational healthcare, and rural practice methodologies. It is also consistently lauded by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” guide as one of the best research and best primary care institutions.

Programs Offered

Programs at ATSU incorporate humanistic healthcare into the curriculum, an approach that integrates the mind, body, and spirit of the patient to provide care for the whole person. Along with their chosen practice, students are encouraged to study wellness, nutrition, psychology, and problem-based learning so they can treat future patients both holistically and medically. Graduate students can choose from 21 programs of study, including six doctoral programs, 11 master’s programs, and four certificate programs. Areas of study include occupational therapy, dental medicine, osteopathic medicine, audiology, physical therapy, health education, human movement, public health, orthodontics, health administration, and physician assistant studies.


ATSU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and has been since 1994. The institution also holds accreditation for specific programs from the following associations: National Athletic Trainers Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association, ARC- PA, Commission on Dental Accreditation, and the American Osteopathic Association.


Specific admissions requirements and deadlines vary by program and school. In general, all applicants must have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited institution; be a U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident, or hold student visa status; have a minimum cumulative or science GPA of 2.50 or 2.75 on a four-point scale; and submit between two to three letters of recommendation. Depending on their program of study, applicants may be required to take and achieve a minimum score on the following exams: US Dental Admissions Test, Graduate Record Examination, Dental Aptitude Test, Optometry Aptitude Test, Medical College Admissions Test, or the Miller’s Analogies Test. In addition, some programs may require that applicants hold certain certifications, be computer literate, submit a personal resume, have completed prerequisite courses, submit undergraduate transcripts, participate in an interview, demonstrate proficiency in English, or have a certain amount of professional experience.

Admissions Contact

A.T. Still University
Kirksville Campus Admissions Office
800 W. Jefferson St.
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 626-2237

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