A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona - ATSU-SOMA

Mesa, Arizona

Primary Campus

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General Information

ATSU-SOMA trains osteopathic physicians who are dedicated to serving medically underserved patients and their communities. ATSU-SOMA’s innovative approach uses early clinical experiences, small group, and personalized learning to create a truly unique and exciting medical education experience. ATSU-SOMA’s graduating physicians are highly successful in meeting the challenges of medicine and are equipped with the skills to navigate and adapt to the rapidly changing health care environment.
  • ATSU-SOMA Mesa Building - flowers in foreground
  • ATSU SOMA campus building
  • ATSU-SOMA campus

Mission Statement

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

Interview Options: In-Person

Physician letter required? MD or DO

Virtual Shadowing Options? In-Person Only

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? No

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes


Closest City Phoenix

Campus Setting



ATSU-SOMA’s campus in Mesa, Arizona includes carefully designed spaces for large- and small-group learning; osteopathic manipulative medicine(OMM) and medical skills labs with ultrasound imaging and real-time physiological measurements; digital learning resources; and Hololens technology. Students can take advantage of an on-campus osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic that provides osteopathic care and shadowing opportunities. Additionally, students are provided with free access to an on-campus YMCA with state-of-the-art workout facilities.

Student Residence Options

There is no on-campus housing. Upon acceptance, students are provided a link to the housing app for rentals in the area as well as opportunities to network on a closed Facebook page to inquire about roommates or housing.
Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and by the Higher Learning Commission.

Institutional Affiliation A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)

  • A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)
  • A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS)
  • A.T. Still University College of Graduate Health Sciences (ATSU-CGHS)
  • A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH)
  • A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH)
  • A.T. Still University College for Healthy Communities (ATSU-CHC)
Student Demographics
  • Entering Class 2022

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A.T. Still ATSU-SOMA logo


Private Institution


A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)

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Main Contact

A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona - ATSU-SOMA

5850 E. Still Circle, Mesa, Arizona 85206


(480) 219-6001


Admissions Office

ATSU-SOMA's first year is held on the Mesa, Arizona campus. During this year, foundational and clinical sciences are integrated into common clinical scenarios which enhance critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. Students learn how to organize and integrate a patient's history, social determinants of health, physical exam and laboratory findings to better understand the whole person. A variety of learning experiences are offered through self-directed and highly interactive case discussions in small-group problem-solving sessions, simulated patients, hands-on osteopathic skills, and medical skills training.

Second year students are located at one of ATSU-SOMA's community health center partner sites (CHC's). During the second year, students continue to integrate foundational and clinical sciences in small-group sessions and begin weekly interprofessional clinical education experiences as well as complete a community-oriented primary care research project.

Third-and fourth-year students complete clinical rotations in CHC's, out-patient clinics, and in-patient hospital-based settings.

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaurete Programs Offered

Special Program

Mindfulness/Compassion Training
Student well-being is important for optimum learning and having the capacity to serve others. Our voluntary program provides students with skills and tools to help face the challenges and achieve balance as a medical student.

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs Offered

DO/MPH Master of Public Health – offered through the College of Graduate Health Studies at ATSU.
Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.
Science Courses

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)

8 semester hours


8 semester hours

Non-Science Courses
College English

6 semester hours

Applicants meeting the 2.80 science and cumulative GPA requirement will receive a link to our secondary application within 24 hours of being verified by AACOMAS. Along with the secondary application and $70 fee, applicants will need a minimum of two letters of recommendation and official MCAT scores to be complete and ready for review.

Letters of recommendation may come with the AACOMAS application or separately. Evaluation I must be from a science faculty and evaluation II must be from a physician (MD or DO). Interviews are offered August through April.

Application Information

Primary Application Service: AACOMAS

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 4, 2023

Primary Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

ATSU-SOMA utilizes a rolling admissions process. Applicants who apply early in the cycle have the greatest opportunity for an available seat. For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least eight weeks prior to the deadline.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

A bachelor's degree and the MCAT, preferably taken by the Fall semester, but no later than January of the application year, are required. Any undergraduate major is acceptable. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency. Applicants who are community service or public health minded, and who have a desire to serve the underserved and to practice in primary care settings, are highly desirable.

Prospective SOMA students will be evaluated in three major areas: academic accomplishment, personal characteristics of a physician, and propensity to serve the underserved. SOMA requires a personal interview during the application process.

The applicant is strongly encouraged to have clinical exposure in a health care environment.

International Students Accepted? Does Not Accept International Students

Application Interview Format: See Below

The interview format consists or in-person interviews, small-group activities and student ambassador interactions.

Early Decision Program (EDP)

EDP Offered? No

EDP Applications Submitted To Other

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.80. Two letters of evaluation: one from a science faculty member, and one from a physician (DO or MD; DO preferred). U.S. Citizenship or Residency: ATSU-SOMA is currently accepting applications only from U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: June 15, 2023

Supplemental Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened Applicants

Screened applicants must meet minimum 2.80 science and cumulative GPA.

Supplemental Application Fee: $70, non-refundable

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? Yes

AACOMAS waiver
Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

September 8, 2023

Latest Acceptance Date

June 30, 2024

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 10, 2023

Acceptance/deposit deadlines conform to the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines Schedule? Yes

Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:

  • Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
  • Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
  • Those accepted between January 15 and April 30 will have 14 days.
  • Those accepted on or after May 1 may be asked for an immediate deposit.
  • After May 1 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges.
MCAT/GPA Information

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Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score


Oldest MCAT Considered: January 15, 2020

Accept September 2024 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accept January 2025 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Main Admissions Contact

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

The tuition and fees below are from the prior 2022-23 academic year and may have changed for this current application cycle. Please confirm the latest rates with the institution.

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Tuition Fees Include

Health Service
Student Activities
Student Services
Technology (not computer)
  • Diagnostic Set
  • Blood Pressure Kit
  • Accessories
  • Stethoscope

Estimates, Deposits, and More

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Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? Yes

Deposit will be refunded if falls under the Three-Day Cancellation Policy.
Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 88%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: $14,466