A.T. Still University

Distinguished Online Graduate Health Degrees at ATSU


A.T. Still University appears in our ranking of the Top 20 Most Affordable Accelerated Master’s in Sports Medicine Online.

On Blackboard Learn 9.1, A.T. Still University delivers accelerated, eight-week block courses with flexible 24/7 access to complete six master’s and nine doctoral degrees plus a Clinical Decision-Making Certificate online from an osteopathic approach at an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. For example, the 42-credit Master of Science in Kinesiology chaired by Dr. Tracie Rogers unlocks NSCA certification online in under two years with emphases for Adaptive Sports, Corrective Exercise & Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Psychology, Geriatric Exercise, and Sports Conditioning. The Master of Public Health follows a 60-credit, CEPH-accredited digital curriculum ranked 10th by BestColleges.com with an optional Dental Emphasis and a required 240-hour practicum, such as World Bank.

Reporting a 98 percent PANCE pass rate, the Master of Science in Advanced Physician Assistant Studies has a 26-month sequence of entirely online courses like Medical Writing and Ethical Issues with 400 clinical rotation hours at partners, including Adelante Healthcare. Chaired by Dr. Jyothi Gupta, the Master of Science in Advanced Occupational Therapy builds a 42-credit, ACOTE-accredited track with evidence-based practice in the A.T. Still Gutensohn Clinic and Balance & Hearing Institute. Other online opportunities include the Master of Health Administration, Doctor of Health Education, Doctor of Health Sciences, Doctor of Global Health, Doctor of Health Leadership & Organizational Behavior, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Transitional Doctor of Audiology.

About A.T. Still University

A.T. Still University originated on May 10, 1892, when Dr. Andrew Taylor Still started the globe’s first osteopathic medical school at a two-room Missouri cabin with 21 coed students. By 1895, the American School of Osteopathy had already tripled in size. During its 125+ years, it trained generations of licensed physicians for “whole-person” care. Regionally accredited in 1994, it expanded with the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 1995. In 1999, the College of Graduate Health Sciences was formed for master’s study. In 2013, A.T. Still University grew further with its School of Dentistry & Oral Health.

In 2018, ATSU received an Insight into Diversity Health Professions Excellence Award. That same year, A.T. Still University won an Arizona Public Health Association Award. One alumnus, Dr. Matthew Nelson, was crowned the ACOFP Outstanding Resident of the Year. Endowed for $53.6 million, A.T. Still now serves 5,000 Rams from 35 nations across six schools online and at two state-of-the-art campuses with 50+ clubs like Still Caring Health Connection. The U.S. News & World Report ranked A.T. Still University 46th for physician assistants, 67th for audiologists, 79th for physical therapists, and 142nd for occupational therapists.

A.T. Still University Accreditation Details

On January 18, 2019, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) Board of Trustees mailed an Institutional State Report to A.T. Still University that properly extended the Level VI accreditation through 2028-29 under its 12th president, Dr. Craig M. Phelps, who earned the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association Physician of the Year Award. Headquartered 395 miles northeast via Interstate 72 in Chicago, this huge 19-state Heartland Region accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to evaluate ATSU’s nine master’s, 16 doctoral, and 13 certificate offerings. The Office of Assessment & Accreditation also lists the following degree approvals:

  • Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Accreditation Review Committee on Education for Physician Assistants
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

A.T. Still University Application Requirements

Admission to A.T. Still University is classified “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s though 331 of the 392 Fall 2017 applicants were selected for hopeful 84 percent acceptance chances. Post-grad Rams entering the College of Graduate Health Studies online must culminate 120+ credits in a regionally accredited bachelor’s program. Students need overall undergrad GPAs of 2.5 or higher. Some programs like the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy mandate a 2.8. The Master of Science in Advanced Occupational Therapy demands at least 2.75 GPAs along with valid OT certification. At a minimum, GRE General Test scores must be 140 Quantitative, 140 Verbal, and 3.0 Analytical Writing. Online Master of Science in Advanced Physician Assistant Studies cohorts must have finished an ARC-PA accredited program since 1984. The Master of Health Administration strongly prefers candidates with two or more years of managerial work. Non-native English speakers must always submit a minimum of 213 CBT, 80 IBT, or 550 PBT for the TOEFL exam.

For Fall, A.T. Still University has two block application deadlines of June 24th and September 9th. Online Spring cohorts must file by December 9th for Block 1 or March 2nd for Block 2. The ATSU-SOMA program has a strict March 1st entrance date. Accordingly, complete the College of Graduate Health Studies application online with a $70 fee by credit/debit card. Have bachelor’s transcripts mailed to 800 West Jefferson Street in Kirksville, MO 63501. Non-U.S. residents validate credentials using World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates International. Official GRE scores are sent electronically with code 7695. Other program essentials include the health care résumé, admission essay, 2-3 recommendations, immigration papers, and financial affidavits. Contact (877) 626-557 or cghsonlineadmissions@atsu.edu with further questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In 2018-19, the College of Graduate Health Studies priced each online A.T. Still University program individually. The Online MPH charged $677 per credit for $40,620 in total. Online Master of Science in Kinesiology cohorts paid $521 per credit or $21,882. The Master of Health Administration was $677 per credit, which equaled $28,434. Master of Science in Advanced Occupational Therapy students spent $520 per credit or $21,840. The Online PA program had the lowest tuition at $445 per credit or $18,690 overall. Doctor of Health Administration majors was billed $1,000 per credit until the $3,750 dissertation block. Online Doctor of Health Sciences study cost $537 per credit followed by $2,440 per dissertation block. Remember online courses add a $32 per credit technology fee too.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Enrollment Services Office at Memorial Hall helps students afford the median yearly price of $28,016. University funds include the Women for ATSU Scholarship, Lloyd E. Burton Scholarship, Graduate Health Professions Scholarship, Claus Rohweder Award, Augusta T. Tueckes Memorial Scholarship, Cunningham Family Award, Dr. Denzil Reid Award, George Rea Memorial Scholarship, Gerhard Flegel Memorial Award, Natalie Beissel Scholarship, Preferred Merchants’ Scholarship, Steven McDonald DO Memorial Scholarship, Tinning Family Endowment Scholarship, and Vick Family Award. The National Health Service Corps Scholarship covers full tuition plus $1,300 monthly stipends for two-year service contracts. Federal aid resources, including the Graduate PLUS loan, require FAFSA forms coded G02477. The SOMA Foundation also has a February 17th deadline for its $1,000 Andrew Taylor Still Memorial Scholarship.

Website: A.T. Still University