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University Writing Center

Welcome to A.T. Still University’s University Writing Center (UWC), a free academic support service for currently enrolled ATSU students. Our goal is to help you become a better writer in the health care professions.

The UWC offers:

  • Document review (papers, main discussion posts, case studies)
  • English-as-a-second language writing assistance
  • Individual chapter review of dissertations and DRPs
  • Tutorial on the Proper Use of Sources

Beginning July 1, 2021, the UWC will be open from 12 a.m. Mondays to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Central Time. The new hours will provide suitable time for writing coaches to return reviewed assignments within the designated turnaround time and for students to make appropriate edits to their assignments and still meet their instructors' deadlines.

The UWC will not accept papers from 8 p.m. Saturdays until 12 a.m. Mondays, Central Time, because most assignments that come through the UWC are due Sunday evenings; therefore, a review is typically no longer needed Monday morning when the UWC reopens. Students are asked to submit assignments on Monday (instead of Sunday) to help avoid confusion and unnecessary reviews by the UWC.


You may leave us a voicemail message at 660.626.2228, or, depending on the hour, you may also reach us using Google Chat.


NOTE: Resumes, CVs, applications, personal and residency statements, noteworthy characteristics, scholarship applications, and cover letters are no longer reviewed by the University Writing Center. They are now being handled by people with more experience in the related field. Please consult with your dean’s office, associate dean's office, or the program director or chair's office for instructions on where to seek help. If you are a CGHS student, please send your resumes and CVs for review to


All CGHS students who began their final projects (i.e., dissertation, DRP, or ARP) prior to July 1, 2020, are permitted to continue using APA 6th edition until the project is complete. APA 6 materials are available on the UWC's old websiteStudents MUST include a message in their email to indicate their document is in APA 6 so it is reviewed appropriately. 

Guidelines for Submitting Documents for Review

To submit a document for review or to ask questions:

  1. Create a new email for each submission addressed to We encourage you to use your official school email address as other email addresses may be filtered as spam. 
  2. Students requesting ESL assistance should type ATTN: ESL in the subject line of the email.
  3. Attach your MS Word file, which should have been proofread first, and if it is an assignment, it should include a title page.
  4. In the body of your email, please provide: 
  • Your program name;
  • The type of submission (discussion post, assignment, final project, etc.);
  • If you want your document reviewed using APA or AMA style;
    • If APA, your paper will be reviewed using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.);
    • If AMA, your paper will be reviewed using the AMA Manual of Style, 11th Edition;
  • If you are completing a final project using APA 6th edition, you MUST make that clear in your email; and
  • Special instructions necessary for your writing coach to provide you with an appropriate review.

Important Considerations:

  • REMEMBER: Students are responsible for the quality of all written work. Returned papers should be proofread carefully and revised by the student prior to submission to an instructor. Should a difference between suggestions from the UWC and an instructor occur, the instructor's preference takes priority. 
  • Documents should be proofread (basic spell-check and grammar-check) before submission. 
  • Documents are reviewed on a first-come/first-served basis.
  • Documents must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. WE DO NOT REVIEW FILES IN POWERPOINT, PUBLISHER, PDF, OR OTHER FORMATS.
  • Documents fewer than 20 pages are returned in 24 hours; 20-49 pages in 48 hours; over 50 pages within 72 hours. Compliance checks of DRPs can take up to 5 business days; dissertations require at least 10 business days (in both Spring and Fall Block 2, it may take longer).
  • Documents are reviewed only once. Exceptions: Assignments that “build” over a term or program (e.g. capstones, ARPs, DRP literature reviews, and practicums). For the exceptions, each section/chapter of capstones, ARPs, and practicums will be reviewed once and then the final compiled document will be reviewed once. 
  • It is the responsibility of each student to review their own responses to discussion posts; the UWC will only review initial discussion posts.

Closure Information

University Writing Center Closure Schedule for 2021

UWC Closed

UWC Stops Accepting Papers at:

UWC Begins Accepting Papers Again at:

July 3–5, 2021

8 pm, Fri., July 2

12 am, Tues., July 6

Sept. 4–6, 2021

2 pm, Sat., Sept. 4

12 am, Tues., Sept. 7

Nov. 24–28, 2021

1 pm, Wed., Nov. 24

12 am, Mon., Nov. 28

Dec. 23–Jan. 2, 2022

1 pm, Sat., Dec. 18

12 am, Mon., Jan. 3

The UWC is normally open from 12 am Mondays to 8 pm Saturdays. All times listed above are in Central Time.