ATSU-SHM breaks ground for new $350,000 facility
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University’s School of Health Management (SHM) broke ground on its new facility in Kirksville on March 24. The $350,000 construction results from a partnership between SHM and KCOM and represents ATSU’s continued commitment to the Kirksville community.
SHM’s new administrative building will more than double the size of its current facility. “As the School grows, so does our need to grow our space,” said SHM Associate Dean Keith Nordmann, M.S. “Due to the flexible nature of online education,” he said, “Students are able to take classes around the world as long as they have an Internet connection.” More than 500 students attend SHM online from worldwide locations, including London, England, and South Africa. Several SHM students currently serve in the military and attend classes in Iraq, Germany, and Japan.
“The demand for qualified healthcare professionals in positions of leadership is indeed rising, and our enrollment and physical expansion reflect that increase,” said SHM Dean Jon Persavich, Ph.D., adding that SHM’s student body has grown four-fold in the last two-and-a-half years.
The new building will be located just east of ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center and is expected to be completed in July 2008.
A.T. Still University is the leading institution at the forefront of multidisciplinary healthcare education founded on the principles of whole person care. It boasts Arizona’s first and only dental school, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health,and the world’s first osteopathic medical school, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. The University also provides osteopathic medical education through its newest school, the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. In addition, it offers online health management training programs through its School of Health Management and trains healthcare professionals in several allied health fields through the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.