A.T. Still University of Health Sciences

800 West Jefferson St., Kirksville, MO, 63501

(866) 626-2878

The namesake of A.T. Still University, Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., founded the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1892. KCOM was the first institution of osteopathic education in the world and continues to provide leadership for comprehensive medical education, research, and health care. Consistent with the college’s mission, KCOM is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report as one of the best medical schools in the country for rural and family medicine training.

KCOM graduates represent a diverse group of osteopathic physicians practicing in every state and several other countries. They span all medical specialties and sub-specialties and comprise approximately a quarter of all practicing osteopathic physicians.

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Degree Programs Offered

  • Administration
  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Mental and Social Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physicians and Surgeons

Careers

Administration
Dental
Medical Careers
Mental and Social Health
Physicians and Surgeons
Therapies and Rehabilitation

Accountants

Accountants help ensure that a hospital runs efficiently and its financial records are kept accurately. Accountants analyze and communicate financial information. They prepare, analyze and verify financial documents to provide information to hospital administrators. Many accountants also offer budget analysis, financial and investment planning.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

5.90%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Billing and Account Collectors

Billing and account collectors’ duties include keeping track of overdue accounts, receiving payment and posting payment to a patient’s account.

Salary

$25—40K

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks

Bookkeepers and accounting clerks perform a number of tasks, such as posting transactions in ledgers, correcting financial errors and preparing financial statements.

Salary

$25—40K

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Chief Executives

Chief executive officers direct the hospital or health system and develop plans and policies to lead the organization. Chief executives also coordinate activities at the highest level of management with the help of managers and supervisors.

Salary

$100K

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Clinical Data Managers

Clinical data managers are directly involved with clinical research for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and other public, private, and academic-related research centers. They oversee all aspects of program-related data, from design and framework to collection, processing, storage, retrieval, and more, maintaining compliance with FDA and other regulations.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

27.00%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Clinical Research Coordinators

Clinical research coordinators evaluate and analyze clinical data. They work with investigators of projects to evaluate research protocols, prepare for clinical trials and experiments, seek approval from regulatory and ethics committees, implement experiments and trials, collect data. They may supervise research analysts.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

17.00%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists

Compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists conduct programs of compensation and benefits and job analysis for employer. They may specialize in specific areas, such as position classification and pension programs.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

8.79%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Executive Secretaries

Executive secretaries provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing reports or handling requests for information. They also prepare correspondence, greet visitors, arrange conference calls and schedule meetings. Executive secretaries may also train or supervise lower-level clerical staff.

Salary

$40—60K

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

General and Operations Managers

General and operations managers plan, direct or coordinate the operations of an organization. They develop policies, manage operations and plan the use of material and human resources. They review financial statements and reports and may oversee staffing. An organization may also call this positions a chief operating officer or general manager.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

9.49%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Genetic Counselors

Genetic counselors help educate people about their chances of inheriting genetic disorders or diseases using information from a patient’s family medical history. They explain possible testing options and provide support to patients and family members. They also might educate other health care professionals, students and the public about genetic disorders.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

22.00%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Health Care Marketing Managers

Health care marketing managers work in the public relations, communications or policy creation departments of hospitals, health care organizations, biotech companies and federal health agencies.  They plan, direct or coordinate marketing policies and programs to determine the demand for services offered by a hospital.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

17.90%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Health Care Recruiters

Health care recruiters, also known as human resources specialists, assist in finding qualified professionals to fill positions in the health care industry. They may write and place job ads, participate in job fairs, review resumes and job applications, conduct interviews and check references for job applicants. Health care recruiters understand the health care field and are proficient in keeping track of the various applicants’ credentials, certifications and licensure.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

13.73%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Health Educators

Health educators provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. They collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. They may serve as a resource to assist individuals, other health care workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

11.73%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

Health specialties teachers teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

34.70%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Hospital Billing Clerks

A hospital billing clerk is a hospital office employee responsible for coding and entering medical records, communicating with insurance companies and billing patients. Hospital billing clerks use computer software and knowledge of insurance and billing practices to correctly translate verbal descriptions of diagnoses and procedures into numerical codes.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

9.64%

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Human Resources Managers

Human resources (HR) managers maintain employee records, ensure proper compensation and work safety, and manage overall employee hiring, evaluation and labor relations. They also develop, implement and oversee training programs or procedures.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

9.75%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Human Resources Specialists

Human resources specialists maintain employee relations on behalf of a company. They screen, recruit, interview and place workers. They are charged with ensuring that employees are satisfied and work to the best of their ability.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

9.07%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Medical Secretaries

Medical secretaries perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Your duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

16.64%

Education Required

High School diploma or equivalent

Medical and Health Services Managers

Medical and health services managers plan, direct or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, or similar organizations. Through review and analysis, managers may help reduce risk and improve service.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

18.36%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Physician Liaisons

The position of a physician liaison is relatively new in the medical field, but very important in the changing landscape of medicine. These liaisons are primarily responsible for developing relationships with physicians in order to facilitate beneficial referring practices for both health care companies and patients. They work with primary care doctors and instruct them regarding cardiologists in their network to whom patients should be referred; develop ways to consolidate and increase referrals, implement strategies to reduce red tape in receiving referrals, and create reports based on their work; and build relationships with physicians and other health care leaders to develop new client accounts, maintain existing accounts and develop long term relationships with current and prospective clients/physicians.

Salary

$58K

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Training and Development Specialists

Training and development specialists design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. They also analyze training needs.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

14.54%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Dental Assistants

Dental assistants assist the dentist and keep patient records. They also set up the patient and dental equipment. They assist the dentist in times of emergency and instruct patients in proper teeth cleaning, monitor supplies and inventory and may clean and polish hand-held dental instruments.

Salary

$25—41K

Job Growth

14.34%

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists clean teeth and remove stains and deposits from teeth. They look at teeth and gums for signs of disease. They educate patients on brushing and flossing, take and develop X-rays, and apply fluoride or sealants on teeth and help keep the dental equipment in good working order and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

14.29%

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

Dentists, General

Dentists care not only for teeth and gums, but also for the muscles and bones within or supporting the mouth. They do routine procedures such as filling cavities, cleaning teeth and repairing broken ones. They may also perform surgeries within or around the mouth to promote dental health, improve appearance and prevent disease.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

15.05%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral surgeons, also referred to oral and maxillofacial surgeons, diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and defects in the mouth, jaws, neck, face and skull regions. Common treatments include the removal of impacted teeth, reconstructive surgery, lip reconstruction and insertion of dental implants.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

19.00%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Prosthodontists

Prosthodontist specialize in crowns, bridges and dentures and other methods to replace missing teeth.  They construct oral prostheses to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

19.80%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, and billing and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examinations and drawing blood.

Salary

$25—41K

Job Growth

17.24%

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

Physician Assistants

Physician assistants provide health care services under a physician’s supervision. They perform tasks that are usually performed by doctors. They conduct physical exams and provide treatment, and counsel patients. Physician assistants may prescribe medications.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

25.48%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Child Life Specialists

Child life specialists are trained to provide care to children and adolescents who may be facing issues such as medical procedures or illness. They may work in hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices. These professionals are trained to identify children with needs and help address those needs through play or counseling. Child life specialists may also provide support to the families of children who are facing illness or injury and require medical care.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

6.00%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Clinical Psychologists

A clinical psychologist’s primary tasks are the assessment and treatment of mental health issues, including emotional or social disorders. A clinical psychologist’s job responsibilities may include development and supervision of mental health programs. Clinical psychologists can work in private practices, mental health organizations and hospitals with individuals, families, couples or groups of all ages.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

16.61%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Health Care Social Workers

Health care social workers provide individuals, families and groups with the support they need to cope with serious illnesses. They advise and support family care givers, provide patient education and counseling, and make referrals when needed. They may also provide care and manage treatment plans designed to promote health, prevent disease and address barriers to access to health care.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

20.91%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Mental Health Counselors

Mental health counselors work as primary mental health caregivers. They conduct mental health assessments, develop individualized treatment plans and lead therapy sessions. They may make treatment referrals as needed.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

22.72%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists are physicians who diagnose, analyze and treat mental health disorders.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

10.20%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Counselors provide all-around counseling and treatment. They work under the direction of a patient’s doctor as they provide counseling and treatment to those with mental health or substance abuse issues. They may work with people who have alcohol, tobacco, drug or other problems, such as gambling or eating disorders. Counselors may work with individuals, families or groups.

Salary

$25—40K

Job Growth

28.95%

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Allergists and Immunologists

Immunologists are physicians who study the functions and disorders of the immune system. Disorders include asthma, allergies, arthritis, lupus and Crohn’s disease. Career paths include direct patient care or research of diagnoses and treatment options.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

10.00%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Anesthesiologists

Anesthesiologists are physicians who deliver pain-relieving medications during surgical procedures and monitor patients’ vital signs. In addition to working with patients in the operating room, anesthesiologists also provide pain relief services to people who suffer from chronic pain, during labor and delivery, and to patients in the intensive care unit. They work closely with surgeons and other physicians to formulate a treatment plan before, during and after a surgical procedure.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

2.50%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Dermatologists

Dermatologists are physicians that specialize in the treatment and care of the skin. They diagnose and treat skin conditions related to the scalp, hair and nails.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

10.00%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Family and General Practitioners

Family and general practitioners are often called primary care physicians. They diagnose, treat and help prevent disease and injuries. Family practitioners may refer patients to doctors who are experts in certain diseases, called specialists, when further treatment is needed.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

8.13%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Hospitalists

Hospitalists provide inpatient care in settings such as medical wards, acute care units, intensive care units, rehabilitation centers or emergency rooms. They manage and coordinate patient care throughout treatment.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

10.00%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Internists

Internists are physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of disease and injuries of internal organ systems. They provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

4.85%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

An OB/GYN, or obstetrician and gynecologist, is a type of doctor that specializes in treating female patients. OB/GYNs can act as a woman’s primary doctor, but they also specialize in care related to pregnancies and the reproductive system. OB/GYNs also identify, treat and monitor ailments related to the female anatomy, including breast cancer, cervical cancer, pelvic disorders, urinary tract infections and hormonal disorders.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

3.43%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Ophthalmologists

Ophthalmologists are physicians who specialize in treating and diagnosing ailments of the eye.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

10.00%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Pediatricians

Pediatricians diagnose, treat and help prevent children’s diseases and injuries. When children become sick, you diagnose the child and may recommend a treatment plan. Many pediatricians first visit a newborn after he or she is born.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

3.47%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Physiatrists or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians

Physiatrists are medical doctors (M.D.) or doctors of osteopathy (D.O.), certified as a specialist in physical and rehabilitation medicine. Physiatrists are certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

25.00%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Podiatrists

Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in treatment of the feet and ankles. They work with patients to prevent injuries and diagnose and heal existing injuries. Podiatry involves taking x-rays, setting fractures and treating other injuries, as well as prescribing physical therapy and medication.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

5.23%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Sports Medicine Physicians

Sports medicine physicians prescribe treatments for professional and amateur athletes who have become injured. These doctors may work in hospitals and clinics, or with high school, collegiate or professional sports organizations. Specialized training in a sports medicine fellowship program is required.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

10.00%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Surgeons

Surgeons are physicians who treat diseases and injuries by performing surgery. Some surgeries are invasive, and others are minimally-invasive or non-invasive. They examine patients to get information on medical history and surgical risk. They operate on patients to repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases or restore patient’s abilities.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

13.00%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Urologists

Urologists diagnose, treat and help prevent benign and malignant medical and surgical disorders of the genitourinary system and the renal glands.

Salary

$100K

Job Growth

10.00%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers help prevent injuries among athletes and help them recover from injuries. They are health care professionals that diagnose and treat injuries caused by stress to the musculoskeletal system. They are also trained to teach injury prevention methods to people who work in jobs that have a high demand of physical activity.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

23.03%

Education Required

Master's Degree

Physical Therapist Assistants

Physical therapist assistants assist the physical therapist in treating patients. They may help them exercise, apply hot or cold packs, or perform special ultrasound or electrical treatments. They may help patients increase their strength and assist in developing treatment plans or keep track of the patient’s progress.

Salary

$40—60K

Job Growth

25.04%

Education Required

Post secondary non-degree award or Associate's degree

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists assess patients and create plans to help them improve their movement, relieve pain and increase strength. They evaluate the effects of treatment and adjust to maximize the benefits. Physical therapists also test the patient’s strength, motor skills and functions, sensory perceptions, respiratory or circulatory efficiency and show patients how to perform the prescribed exercises and review progress. Physical therapists help decrease or prevent problems due to disease or injury.

Salary

$60—100K

Job Growth

22.88%

Education Required

Doctoral or professional degree

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