A.T. Still University (ATSU) was a great learning experience for me. The courses were rigorous and you have to do the work. There were no "easy A's." Each grade I received I earned. The faculty were helpful and always willing to provide any assistance... Read More needed. The doctoral project was the most challenging. Although a dissertation was not required, the Applied Research Project (ARP) consists of the same elements of a dissertation. The literature review, proposal, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination is required. An oral defense of the project is also required. As a working professional, the online program at ATSU enabled me to obtain my doctorate.