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Dr. Jamie Hooyman, Northwest’s interim provost, and Dr. David Koenecke, assistant vice president of admissions at A.T. Still University, sign a memorandum of understanding outlining a collaborative effort by the two schools to assist Northwest students aspiring to become osteopathic physicians in at ATSU.

Dr. Jamie Hooyman, Northwest’s interim provost, and Dr. David Koenecke, assistant vice president of admissions at A.T. Still University, sign a memorandum of understanding outlining a collaborative effort by the two schools to assist Northwest students aspiring to become osteopathic physicians in at ATSU. (Photo by Carly Hostetter/Northwest Missouri State University)

Aug. 3, 2017

Partnership with Kirksville college will benefit aspiring physicians

Northwest Missouri State University is set to begin collaboration with A.T. Still University (ATSU) of Health Sciences in Kirksville, Missouri, to increase post-graduation opportunities for Northwest students who reflect the mission of ATSU and qualify for admission into its programs.

Representatives of the two universities signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday on the Northwest campus in Maryville.

“This partnership and agreement is in alignment with Northwest’s mission of focusing on student success – every student, every day,” Northwest Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management Bev Schenkel said. “We’re continually looking for ways to provide our students with expanded opportunities post-graduation, and we’re excited about what this agreement means for our students and the benefits that they will enjoy from the pathway of this nature.”

The agreement is designed to provide admission opportunities to outstanding Northwest students who aspire to become osteopathic physicians in ATSU’s Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program at its Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM). It also provides opportunities for a select number of Northwest graduates to apply and interview for admission to the medical school.

The Still Scholars program rewards capable students and encourages them to focus on developing strong academic and leadership skills while focusing on their undergraduate experience without the pressure of preparing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Still Scholars will have the benefit of having the MCAT assessment waived in their application process for medical school, and they are awarded a small academic scholarship upon acceptance and entry into medical school.

Students who are eligible for the Still Scholars program must be finishing their sophomore year at Northwest and be recommended by a Northwest faculty advisor. Students must complete course prerequisites and gain a substantial amount of time in clinical experience, leadership and service activities.

Application to the Still Scholars program must be completed by June 1 after the student’s sophomore year. Application components include an essay, transcripts and letters of recommendation.

In addition to the benefits of receiving mentoring from an A.T. Still admissions staff member and regular meetings with a Northwest academic advisor, Still Scholars who successfully complete the early acceptance program will receive the opportunity to interview for acceptance to the medical school at A.T. Still. Northwest faculty annually will identify two outstanding students to be interviewed for admission to the medical program.

“This is a very special agreement for us at A.T. Still,” Dr. Dave Koenecke, the school’s assistant vice president of admissions, said. “We have many, many great applicants from Northwest. To solidify this agreement for us is a great event and we will keep it going for a long time.”


About A.T. Still University

ATSU is a postgraduate osteopathic health professions institution committed to preparing highly competent healthcare professionals with a focus on whole person healthcare, scholarship, community health, interprofessional education, diversity, and underserved populations.

Established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still, ATSU is comprised of two campuses in Kirksville, Missouri, and Mesa, Arizona, on more than 200 acres with six discipline-specific schools. Its enrollment of more than 3,100 draws students from 35 countries, and it continually earns distinctions as the graduate health sciences university with best-in-class curriculum and a community outreach mission to serve the underserved.

ATSU is focused on integrating the founding tenets of osteopathic medicine and advancing knowledge of today's science. It instills within students the compassion, experience and knowledge required to address the whole person and shape healthcare in communities where needs are greatest. Inspired to influence whole person healthcare, ATSU graduates contribute to the future of integrated care while also leading with a selfless passion in the communities they serve.

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About Northwest Missouri State University

With an enrollment of more than 6,500 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center.

Founded in 1905, Northwest was ranked in 2015 and 2016 by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri, and it has met all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during four of the model’s first five years.

Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the state, saving students an estimated $7,300 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. 

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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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