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Fast Facts

What is osteopathic medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is a unique form of American medical care that was developed in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O. Dissatisfied with 19th century healthcare, Dr. Still founded a philosophy of medicine based on ideas that date back to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, and which focuses on the unity of the body. Dr. Still pioneered the concept of wellness and identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health.

Osteopathic physicians take a whole-person approach to caring for patients. Instead of treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard the body as an integrated whole.

Today, osteopathic physicians are one of the fastest growing segments of healthcare providers and are on the cutting-edge of modern medicine, able to combine technology with compassion and their ability to treat patients as a whole.

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Arizona’s first dental school is an educational model that relies on an exceptional cadre of motivated, experienced, learning guides (mentors) for our students in both the pre-clinical and clinical phases of the degree program. In addition to the issues of oral health and the skills of dentistry, students learn from and are encouraged to become caring, community-minded healthcare providers. ASDOH graduates are leaders in their communities and managers of public, not-for-profit, and private sector oral health organizations.

Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
Certificate in Orthodontics

Class of 2015 Student Profile
Class size – 76
Average DAT – 18.2
Average GPA – 3.4 cumulative, 3.22 science
Average age – 25

Student/Faculty ratio:
Year 1: 12:1
Year 4: 1:1
Full-time – 22
Part-time – 100+

Clinical Placements
Year three – on-campus clinic
Year four – community based health centers & on-campus clinic

The dental education program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Arizona School of Health Sciences

The Arizona School of Health Sciences is committed to educating and preparing its students to practice at the forefront of a dynamic healthcare system. Focusing on a team approach to healthcare, students from all programs enroll in core classes and work together on group projects. This allows students to understand the collaboration necessary to provide quality, effective healthcare.

National Awards
Ranked No. 25 among all graduate physician assistant programs by US News & World Report, 2007

Residential Programs
Athletic Training (M.S.)
Audiology (Au.D.)
Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)

Online Programs
Advanced Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
Advanced Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)
Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.)
Transitional Audiology (Au.D.)
Human Movement (M.S.)
Transitional Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

ASHS Highlights
Excellent student-to-faculty ratio
State-of-the-art technology
Clinical and research opportunities

Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

As the founding school of osteopathic medicine, the mission of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine is to educate osteopathic physicians and related health professionals and to preserve and advance osteopathic principles, practice, and philosophy.

National Awards
Ranked No. 16 among all medical schools for Rural Medicine by US News & World Report, 2007

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.S.)

Class of 2015 Student Profile
Class size – 172
Average MCAT – 27
Average GPA – 3.5 cumulative, 3.4 science
Average age – 25
28 different states represented

Class of 2009 Board Scores
98% pass rate (first time), COMLEX-USA, Part I
93% pass rate (first time), COMLEX-USA, Part II

23 basic scientists, 50 clinicians
5:1 student/faculty ratio

KCOM Campus Profile
38 student organizations
354 students on campus
697 enrolled

Training Regions
Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah

School of Health Management

The School of Health Management educates and prepares current and future health professionals for management positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and relevant health management instruction through high quality, innovative, online education.

Health Administration (M.H.A.)
Health Education (M.H.Ed. and D.H.Ed.)
Public Health (M.P.H.)
Public Health - Dental Emphasis (M.P.H)

Online Education
All aspects of each program are conducted exclusively online
Classes are structured within a quarter system

Core program faculty member Robert Baer, Ph.D., received the 2003 eCollege Excellence in Online Teaching Award.

Time Frame
Master’s degree – 1.5 years; two classes per quarter
Master’s degree – 2.5 years; one class per quarter
Maximum – seven years to complete degree

Dual Degree Programs
Available to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona students

SHM is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as a school of A.T. Still University.

School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

The School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona is on a mission to revolutionize medical education and the delivery of healthcare. SOMA emphasizes cutting-edge technology and learning teams with innovative education and training that promotes community-minded healers with exceptional medical problem-solving skills.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

Class of 2015 Student Profile
107 students enrolled
Average GPA (cumulative): 3.50
Average GPA (science): 3.41
Average MCAT: 27
Average Age: 25
28 states represented

16 basic scientists, 39 clinicians
6:1 student/faculty ratio

SOMA Campus Profile
34 student organizations
107 students on campus
635+ enrolled

Associated Community Health Campuses
Adelante Healthcare – Surprise, AZ
Alabama Medical Education Consortium – Troy, AL
Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services – Ridgeland, SC
Health Point (previously Community Health Centers of King County) – Seattle, WA
El Rio Community Health Center – Tucson, AZ
Family Healthcare Network – Tulare County, CA
HealthSource– Mt. Oreb , OH
North Country Healthcare – Flagstaff, AZ
Northwest Regional Healthcare – Portland, OR
Sunset Park Family Health Center – Brooklyn, NY
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center – Waianae, HI

The School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona has received full Accreditation status from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association, 142 East Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, 800.621.1773. A.T. Still University is accredited by The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, phone 800.621.7440.