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New health science university to open in Santa Maria

Posted at 5:54 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 21:50:16-04

<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-157685">Courtesy Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Santa Maria Valley business, health and education communities welcomed the announcement of a new health science university today.

The A.T. Still University of Health Sciences is scheduled to open in the valley in the summer of 2020. The school’s 2-year program hopes to enroll up to 100 students for its first school year.

According to a press release from the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, ATSU was established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy. It has two colleges and four schools on two campuses along with online classroom services.

“ATSU and the National Association of Community Health Centers will continue collaborating with Santa Maria and nearby communities to develop a nationally recognized region for health professions education, patient care, and research,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO.

Glenn Morris, President and CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce said the opening of the new school goes along with a mission of business growth.

“As our region continues to grow, the need for medical professionals will grow with it,” said Morris. “Introducing new healthcare professionals to the Central Coast during their education will make it easier for them to stay and build their careers here, serving our neighbors and employees.”

The new university will be located in the CoastHills Corporate Facility slated to open in September. The campus will share its space with the CoastHills Credit Union.