ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy

Frequently Asked Questions


The Academy will be held Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30, 2023.

Students can apply without a nomination, however, we will also send information to students who have had a teacher provide their information as qualified to attend.  A link will be posted each fall, typically in October, for the upcoming summer’s application.

No. ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy does not require standardized test scores as part of the application process. You may elect to submit test scores in support of your application, but these scores are not required.


The application process is competitive, therefore we advise students not to plan on submitting late applications. Should you wish to apply late, you will be placed on a waiting list for potential open seats. Only 80 students will be admitted to ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy this year.

We anticipate being able to notify students by the end of March, after the process of reviewing on-time applications has been completed.

We will send an informational link called the “Welcome Guide” to you and your parents. This will contain information about travel to Kirksville, check-in, some of the services that ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy and the University will provide, as well as a list of items your student should (and should not) bring.

This information will be the most up-to-date information on the Academy and will likely be more current than some details you have previously viewed on this website so please read the information carefully! 


No textbooks are required for purchase for the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy program.


No, we do not currently offer college credit for the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy program because of its short duration.


Because of the short duration of the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy program, computer access is limited. Students wishing to access email or do work on campus who own a computer will probably want to bring one along.

There are also limited computer workstations available in the residence hall. Computer labs needed for class work will be provided on campus as well.

The dining services on campus offer a wide selection of food at every meal, and their menus are varied enough to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and other diets. If your student requires other special dietary needs or has food allergies, please contact us before you arrive so that we can plan for this.

Rooms are assigned randomly, with an eye toward matching students of similar grade and age.


Students who take routine medications will have their medications stored and logged by our staff, and a designated staff member will be responsible for making sure students take their medications in a timely fashion.

We have an established relationship with a Kirksville physician who has served our programs for many years. When students need daytime care, we can arrange to have a member of our staff take students to this physician.

In the unlikely event that urgent care is needed after hours, students are treated at the local Northeast Regional Medical Center emergency room.


Special travel options are available for students wishing to travel by plane. See detailed information here.

While participating students may be old enough to drive their own vehicles to and from the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy, the Academy will not allow students to use them while participating in the program. Students are strongly discouraged from driving themselves to the Academy. Those that do will be required to register their car with our office prior to arrival, surrender their keys, and park their car in a lot on a distant side of campus. For safety reasons, under no circumstances will a student driving themselves to the Academy be permitted to drive during the program. Students doing so during the program are subject to dismissal.

Information on methods and terms of payment can be obtained here.