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A.T. Still University aims to fill community health-care need | Chamber Spotlight

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A.T. Still University is close to graduating their first class of Physician Assistants in 2023, and they are excited to bringing a group of diverse, community focused health care professionals into local communities.

Learn more about the mission and impact of the Santa Maria A.T. Still University campus from staff and students with this video produced in partnership with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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While the Central Coast has some of the best university-level education in California, with high-profile campuses like Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara, the Santa Maria Valley itself is home to many top-level institutions of higher learning. 

One of those is A.T. Still University, which is looking to provide local educational options but also to fill a need in local community health-care centers. 

A.T. Still recently opened its Santa Maria facility at the new CoastHills Credit Union headquarters at 1075 Betteravia Road, and will soon graduate its first class of physician assistants. 

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Santa Maria's A.T. Still University is focused on hands-on, case-based learning and providing students the opportunity to train in local community health centers. 

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Brandy Brooks, principal faculty of the ATSU physician assistant program, talks about the impact that students will have in local underserved communities. 

There are about 90 students training at the Santa Maria campus, but A.T. Still University will add new program groups and students every year. 

A.T. Still University is located at 1075 Betteravia Road, just off Highway 101 in the building that houses the new CoastHills Credit Union headquarters. 

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Dr. Ted Wendel, ATSU senior vice president, highlighted the unique geographic and demographic advantages that Santa Maria offers the A.T. Still University program.

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The first class of physician assistant students is scheduled to graduate the 24-month program in 2023.

This article was produced in partnership with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.  It was created from an interview conducted by Molly Schiff, Chamber director of member and community engagement, and A.T. Still staff and students. See the video interview, and learn more about the work of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce at


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