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Interested in becoming a student of osteopathic medicine? Want to study at the NWRPCA Regional Campus of A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine-Arizona (SOMA)?

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic Medicine stresses treating the whole person and recognizes the inter-relation of the body's nerves, muscles, bones and organs. DO's are trained in all aspects of medicine, with additional emphasis on hands-on diagnosis and treatments. To learn more about Osteopathic medicine check out the American Osteopathic Association or the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic medicine.

The A.T. Still SOMA/NWRPCA Regional Campus

A.T. Still University and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) have partnered to create an osteopathic medical school that focuses on preparing primary care physicians for community health centers and that has eleven campuses throughout the country. In this innovative program, medical students complete their first year of medical school at the central campus in Arizona and then go to one of the eleven health center campuses for their second through fourth years of medical school. One of these campuses is the unique and regional campus hosted by NWRPCA. In the NWRPCA campus, students are in classroom study in Portland, Oregon for their second year and then continue their learning in clinical rotations in health centers throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

View more community campus information here: and/or here.

NWRPCA and A.T. Still SOMA are current partners of the grant funded Alaska Family Medicine Community Health Center Clerkship Network (Network) that seeks to increase access to primary health care and disease prevention in rural, underserved areas through training, recruitment and retention of highly qualified providers. The Grant provides opportunities for MS3 and MS4 student rotational experiences in Alaska, rural and underserved areas. The grant is generously provided through U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administation, Office of Rural Health Policy.

Interested in becoming a student of Osteopathic Medicine at the NWRPCA Regional Campus?

Please view A.T. Still University SOMA admission requirements at:

The A.T. Still University SOMA Hometown Partnership for Health Program - Medical School Endorsement

Do you have experience volunteering or working in a health center? If you do, the Hometown Partnerships for Health might be right for you! This program facilitates more mission driven applicants to be accepted to the school by giving acceptance preference to those applicants recommended by a community health center endorsement. A Hometown endorsement lets the A.T. Still University SOMA program know which applicants Health Centers believe could become the compassionate community-minded healers they would like to employ.

Hometown applicants are those who have:

  • Located a Community Health Center (CHC) to stay involved with

  • Developed relationships with CHC staff and leadership

  • Learned about the working environment of a CHC

  • Gained valuable volunteer or work experience

  • Gained SOMA application endorsement from a CHC leader

If you are interested in seeking a Hometown endorsement, please visit the Bureau of Primary Health Care webpage to identify a Health Center to connect with as a volunteer or employee.

Think ATSU SOMA might be right for you?

Visit the admissions page to apply:

Questions? Please contact Trish at 206-783-3004 x 20 or email tbustos at


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