A.T. Still University in Arizona Secondary Application

A.T. Still University Secondary Essay Prompts

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Prompts have been updated June 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)


  • ATSU-SOMA’s osteopathic medical education model includes training at one of our partner Community Health Center (CHC) sites. 1) Describe any previous CHC or free clinic experience that you have had. 2) Describe how learning at a CHC will enhance your osteopathic medical school experience. (500 Words)
  • Describe any gaps that lasted longer than three months that may have occurred during or following undergraduate/postgraduate educational programs. (500 Words)
  • ATSU-SOMA emphasizes self-directed learning in small group sessions. What experiences have you had that will help you be successful in this educational model? (500 Words)
  • Describe any hrs/week of employment that may have coincided/impacted your academic work during each semester. (500 Words)
  • Which field of osteopathic medicine are you interested in pursuing? Explain why you chose this field. (500 Words)
  • Describe what you have learned from your experiences with osteopathic physicians. If you do not have any of the above, please explain why you are applying to an osteopathic medical school. (500 Words)
  • Describe your understanding of SOMA by answering ONE of the following questions: (500 Words)
    What unique feature of SOMA appeals to you? What specific feature of SOMA concerns you?
    What would be your strongest attribute as a SOMA student? What would be your weakest?
    How do you plan to be involved with medically underserved populations in your medical career? How have your past volunteer experiences influenced your plans?

Primary Deadline: Usually Around March 1st
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around April 1st
Secondary Fee: $70
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona Mission:

Prepare individuals through high-quality, innovative, learning-centered undergraduate and graduate medical education programs to become compassionate osteopathic physicians and healthcare leaders who serve medically underserved populations with a focus on research and community-oriented primary care.

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona Vision:

To improve delivery of distinctly osteopathic healthcare to underserved populations through innovative selection, training, and placement of graduates, leading to improved well-being for the individual and community.

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona Values:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Honesty