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Preparing Compassionate Graduates with a Preeminent Education in Health Sciences

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As the nation’s preeminent health sciences school, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) integrates ATSU’s founding tenets of osteopathic medicine. Today, these tenets continue to prepare the most skilled and compassionate graduates to innovate with a whole person approach to healthcare delivery in the heart of communities where need is greatest.

ATSU-ASHS offers residential programs in athletic training (MS), audiology (AuD) , occupational therapy (MS), physical therapy (DPT) and physician assistant studies (MS). Online programs are offered in athletic training (DAT), audiology (AuD), occupational therapy (OTD), occupational therapy (MS), physician assistant studies (MS), physical therapy (DPT), and physical therapy (non-degree).

Residency programs in neurologic physical therapy and orthopedic physical therapy are available, and graduate certificates are also offered, including a Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Rehabilitation and the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training.

These master’s and doctoral degree programs are taught by an elite faculty and include a curriculum that integrates healthcare education with state-of-the-art methods and hands-on experience.

Online students not only have the flexibility they need to accommodate busy work and family schedules, but also opportunities to gain real-world clinical experience in their hometowns or other areas of the country. They also participate in the ASHS Lifetime Learning Program.

Since founding osteopathic medicine in 1892, A.T. Still University has led the way in educating compassionate healthcare professionals and advancing whole person healthcare. The Arizona School of Health Sciences is committed to preparing its students to practice at the forefront of a dynamic healthcare system and offer innovative solutions to the nation’s healthcare challenges.

  • Administration and Faculty +

    • ATSU-ASHS integrates technology with classroom and practical education. ASHS features wireless internet, allowing students to access educational materials or communicate with faculty, administration, and staff via email. Because the school is a member of the Arizona Health Information Network (AZHIN) and other research orientated databases, students are able to explore library resources from one convenient location. By learning to retrieve information and take advantage of various software programs, students are able to provide healthcare that meets the demands of the 21st Century.

      This philosophy complements the personal attention and expertise provided by faculty. To ensure each student has a thorough understanding of required material, faculty use a variety of teaching techniques, incorporating technology and hands-on experience. Whether it is through office visits, additional reference materials, tutoring programs, or review sessions, students have diverse support systems to make the most of their education.

      Many full-time faculty at ASHS are actively practicing in their respective fields and/or participating in state and national associations. Each faculty member is committed to teaching students the most current techniques and principles.

      ASHS Administration

    • Norine EitelRandy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA
      Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences

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      Phone: 480.219.6009

      Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, educator, author, and editor. He received his B.S. in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (M.P.A.S.) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and returned as Dean of ASHS in 2012. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status.

      He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). From 2010-2012 he served as the Senior Vice-President for the NCCPA Health Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable nonprofit organization that designs solutions for improving the capacity of certified PAs to impact quality and accessibility of health care delivery. Dr. Danielsen has been a Peer-Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission since 2009 and in 2014 competed the Advance Certificate in Peer Review.

      Earlier in his career, he served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants (UAPA), the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants (ASAPA), and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the AAPA Veterans Caucus and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003. Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by ASAPA in 2011. In 2012 he was honored by the University of Utah, School of Medicine, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, Division of Physician Assistant Studies with the “Patron of the Profession” award for “unwavering dedication and service to the Physician Assistant Profession.” In May 2015 he received the Eugene A. Stead Award of Achievement by the AAPA. This is the Academy’s most prestigious award recognizing an individual for lifetime achievement that has had a broad and significant impact on the profession.

      He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Reviews, a peer-reviewed professional journal for both physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Dr. Danielsen has published over seventeen peer-reviewed articles, thirty journal editorials, five book chapters, and his first co-authored book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Dr. Danielsen is also a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership and a proud member of Rotary International.

      Doreen WinnAnn Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
      Vice Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences

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      Phone: 480.219.6061

      Dr. Burch’s primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean and to represent the School in the Dean’s absence. Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her BA is in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Burch’s area of scholarly interest and application of that interest is in knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy of health care providers and health care professional students towards underrepresented patient/client groups. Dr. Burch is the author of a Guide to Physical Therapy (Vault Publishers) that was written to increase informational access about physical therapy to both high school graduates and re-entry adults. Research that she has engaged in and is proud of includes an NIH funded project exploring the feasibility of exercise programs in San Juan for oncology patients and research exploring attitudes of health care professionals toward underserved populations nationwide. Dr. Burch has lived in Symi, Greece, Taipei, Taiwan, Ahmdebad, India and San Juan, Puerto Rico and is committed to research, teaching and service that further the understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and cultural variables on health. She was a member of the Class of 2014 Cohort of Women in Educational Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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  • Admissions and Requirements +

    • Admissions staff is here to guide you through the process of applying to ASHS—a cutting edge professional school offering residential and distance education programs in audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and athletic training. ASHS emphasizes a team approach to healthcare, as well as integrating technology with classroom and practical education. Graduates appreciate the school’s track record of 100 percent job placement and have become healthcare professionals and leaders throughout the United States and abroad. Join us today!

      Each ASHS degree program has its own specific admission requirements. Please select your program of interest below to learn more:

      Residential Programs:

      Online Programs:

      International Students:

      The following guidelines will be followed in reviewing international students for admission to the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

      1. International students applying for admission to the Arizona School of Health Sciences must meet all general requirements for admission as stated in admissions publications.
      2. Applicants must provide proof of permanent U.S. residency status or qualify as an international applicant. International applicants must possess a student visa issued by the United States government and provide proof of English proficiency. International student visa status must be valid for the duration of the respective curriculum.
      3. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University.

      Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:

      Option 1
      English is your first language

      Option 2
      Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum B.A. or B.S.)

      Option 3
      You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Service (IELTS)

      Acceptable TOEFL minimum scores for ASHS applications are:
      Internet based total score = 80

      Acceptable IELTS scores are an overall band score of 6.5

      *Please note. TOEFL subscore minimums may be required by some programs. Please refer to the individual program website or catalog page to determine if subscores are required.

      The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA (609) 771-7100. Information is available on the Internet at A.T Still University’s institutional code is 0339.
      Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet.

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      Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
      (609) 771-7100

      1. Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. All course work taken at the foreign institution must be evaluated for American institution equivalence by one of the following services:

        World Education Services Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
        P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087
        P: (212) 966-6311
        F: (212) 739-6139

        International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami FL 33173
        P: (305) 273-1616
        F: (305) 273-1338

        Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. P.O. Box 514070 Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
        (414) 289-3400

        Intl. Education Research Foundation, Inc. PO Box 3665 Culver City, CA 90231-3665
        (310) 258-9451

        American Assn. of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520 Washington, DC 20036-1135
        (202) 293-9161

      2. Credit for advanced standing will not be given for any work completed in foreign graduate or medical schools. All students must apply for first year status.
      3. International students must have permanent residency status (green card) to be eligible to receive any type of financial assistance through the college loan programs.
      4. Additional Program Requirements include:

        • Transitional Doctor Of Physical Therapy: international applicants must possess a valid U.S. license as a physical therapist to apply to the Transitional DPT program.
        • Transitional Doctor of Audiology: international applicants are eligible to apply but must show proof of certification or a license to practice audiology that is equivalent to licensure in the United States.
        • Physician Assistant Program: starting with the Class of 2017, no degree equivalency or pre-requisite coursework equivalency will be accepted.

  • Alumni +

    • As you move through life and make a name for yourself, you are making a name for ASHS, as well.

      No matter where you are, Alumni Relations is here to keep you connected with the School. It is the goal of Alumni Relations to inform and involve you with the School and alumni activities.

      We encourage you to send to us your comments and/or suggestions about the information contained in these pages. The site is continually being updated, so please come back and visit often to stay informed about events, programs, and other information.

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      If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Alumni Relations.

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      2015-2016 Board Members

      Physician Assistant Studies
      Chair: Geoffrey Hoffa, DHSc, ’14, MS, PA-C, ’00, DFAAPA
      Phoenix, AZ
      Ian McLeod, MS, PA-C, ’08, MEd, ATC
      Tempe, AZ

      Occupational Therapy
      Vice Chair: Cynthia Wheeler, MS, OTR/L, ‘98
      Phoenix, AZ
      Samantha Singler, MS, OTR/L, ‘10
      Phoenix, AZ

      Athletic Training / Sports Health Care
      Past Chair: Kevin Messey, MS, ATC, ’01, CSCS, CES
      Encinitas, CA
      Sarah Piebes, MS, ATC, ‘08
      Ithaca, NY
      Thad Walker, MS, ATC, ‘03
      Normal, IL

      Physical Therapy
      Robin Galley, PT, DPT, ’12, OCS
      Tampa, FL

      Major David Pedersen, AuD, ‘07
      McChord AFB, WA
      Brenda Lowe, AuD, ‘09
      Phoenix, AZ

      For more information about the ASHS Alumni Chapter and the Board, please contact ATSU Alumni Relations
      at or 480-219-6014.

  • Campus +

    • ATSU-ASHS takes pride in its family atmosphere where small class sizes foster one-on-one relationships between faculty and students. Faculty and staff take a personal approach by focusing on the individual needs of each student and his or her family. The school strives to provide a friendly, state-of-the-art learning environment for students, a supportive, guiding hand for alumni, and compassionate outreach to the community.

      Located in Mesa, Arizona, ATSU-ASHS’ residential students find a vibrant and dynamic urban lifestyle as part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Also known as the Valley of the Sun—which enjoys more than 300 days of sun each year, the area offers major league football, baseball, hockey, and basketball, two national parks, 25 state parks, and 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The symphony, opera, art festivals, museums, and restaurants provide a diverse night life.

  • Department of Audiology +

    • ATSU-ASHS’ audiology programs prepare professionals to become skilled in a wide variety of diagnostic, rehabilitative, and related areas of the profession and practice of audiology. The audiology curriculums incorporate basic science education with clinical education through a combination of on-campus classes, clinical rotations, and computer-based education. Graduates will be prepared to handle the extensive scope of audiologic care, including the diagnosis and management of auditory and/or vestibular system deficits for all ages, tinnitus management, hearing conservation, and neuro-audiologic examination, as well as the management and business aspects of audiology.

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  • Department of ​Physician Assistant Studies +

    • Because of their close working relationship with physicians, physician assistants are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Students in ATSU-ASHS’ intensive master’s and advanced master’s physician assistant programs develop proficiencies in many areas: taking medical histories and performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting lab tests, prescribing medications, assisting in surgery and counseling patients. Faculty and staff work closely with students, helping them develop professional attributes and clinical problem-solving skills necessary for efficient and optimal patient care. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

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  • Diversity +

    • ATSU-ASHS’ goal on diversity is to foster an atmosphere of awareness and acceptance that embraces diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and lifestyles, including under-represented groups. Diversity encompasses race, ethnicity, gender, marital status, age, sexual orientation, veteral status, national origin, disability (physical, cognitive, psycho-social), religious affiliation or socio-economic status (income, parent’s education level or occupation). ASHS will create and support a campus community that educates healthcare professionals who value and appreciate the importance of and have a unique perspective and outlook on diversity. We will seek to improve the quality of life of our faculty, staff, and students by developing and implementing policies and programs that support the ASHS philosophy on diversity. We hope to help our students learn about the different cultures in society, understand that diversity, and actively seek to work with clients from varied cultures and backgrounds. We believe that this diversity-rich experience at ASHS will add value to our campus community.

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  • Student Affairs +

    • ATSU’s mission to carry on its osteopathic heritage and focus on whole person healthcare is profoundly complemented by ATSU-ASHS as it prepares highly competent professionals through innovative academic programs, scholarship, and interprofessional education with a fervent commitment to diversity, community health and underserved populations.

      ATSU-ASHS supports its students with a focus on compassion, integrity, innovation, and collaboration. We invite you to explore our comprehensive information available here and contact our staff and faculty for additional details regarding prerequisites, requirements, curriculum, applications, tuition and fees or financial services.

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