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- Dr. Tim Flynn to Speak at CIRNE May 14, 2013
- Dr. Erin Nosel Selected to Lead Enrollment Management May 8, 2013
- RMUoHP Teams Up with NASM April 24, 2013
- New Program - Master of Science in Health Science March 27, 2013
- RMUoHP to offer post-baccalaureate DNP/Family Nurse Practitioner program. March 27, 2013
- Dr. Ghazi-Birry selected as Vice Provost/Academic Dean. March 8, 2013
- Neonatology Fellowship. December, 14, 2012
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Earns CAPTE Accreditation. November 8, 2012
- 23rd Annual Electroneuromyographic Symposium. September 20, 2012
- Commencement - 2012. August 4, 2012
- 7th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium. August 4, 2012
- Dr. Brent Alvar Named NSCA's Newest Board Member. July 12, 2012
- Pennington named as RMUoHP Provost. July 12, 2012
- Trevor Dorius named as first recipient of Ensign Facilities Inc. Scholarship. July 12, 2012
- Top rated medical school partners with RMUoHP to develop medical student education. June 25, 2012
- RMUoHP Foundation receives grant from the Anschutz Foundation. May 25, 2012
- Dr. Sandra L. Pennington named as Interim Provost. April 9, 2012
- RMUoHP distinguished professor Dr. Tim Flynn receives APTA award. February 15, 2012
- RMUoHP programs now eligible for Federal Student Loans. February 14, 2012
- RMUoHP collaborates with Intermountain Healthcare to host clinical education event. November 18, 2011
- RMUoHP holds 6th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium. September 2, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) Foundation hosts 5K charity event. August 19, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) student takes commercial flight to Provo airport. July, 15, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) administrator/faculty speaks at physical therapy conference. July 8, 2011
- Student success presentation. July 1, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) hosts celebratory Open House for regional accreditation status. May 27, 2011
- RMUoHP holds 22nd Annual ENMG Symposium. April 8, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) welcomes Hakuho Women's College students. March 11, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) appoints Vice President of Finance. March 4, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Earns Regional Accreditation. February 28, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) faculty members receive awards. February 25, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions appoints Foundation Board chair and members. February 18, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions appoints Doctor of Physical Therapy program faculty member. February 18, 2011
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) faculty receives award. January 14, 2011
- RMUoHP appoints new Board of Trustees member. December 17, 2010
- RMUoHP appoints new Board of Trustees member. November 19, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) hosts Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for site visit. October 29, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) faculty member awarded endowed chair. October 8, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) faculty member receives Excellence in Teaching Award. October 1, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) alumnus receives award. September 15, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions' (RMUoHP's) faculty member named as editor-in-chief. August 27, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) holds 2010 Commencement Ceremony. August 13, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) student and faculty receive award. August 13, 2010
- RMUoHP to hold 2010 commencement exercises. July 30, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) Graduate Program Director has fund named in her honor. RMUoHP alumnus receives Jeanne Hughes award. July 23, 2010
- RMUoHP holds Certification Course in the General Movement Assessment for Infants. July 23, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) appoints Director of Admissions. July 8, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) appoints Vice President of Advancement and COO of the RMUoHP Foundation. July 8, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) Announcement of Evaluation for Initial Accreditation and Request for Comments. July 2, 2010
- RMUoHP holds 21st Annual ENMG Symposium. July 2, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions appoints new Doctor of Physical Therapy program director and faculty. July 1, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions hosts Open House for inaugural residential Doctor of Physical Therapy program. May 26, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) Director of Research receives award. May 14, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) appoints Medical Librarian. April 30, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions to host Open House for inagural residential Doctor of Physical Therapy program. March 8, 2010
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions' Doctor of Physical Therapy program granted candidacy status. February 17, 2010
- The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) conducts site visit at RMUoHP November 17, 2009
- RMUoHP's Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Stan Hartgraves retires. RMUoHP appoints new Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost October 22, 2009
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions holds 2009 commencement exercises September 22, 2009
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions celebrates its 10th anniversary July 31, 2009
- RMUoHP holds 4th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Symposium September 21, 2009
- RMUoHP to host 4th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Symposium July 21, 2009
- RMUoHP to hold 2009 Commencement Exercises June 9, 2009
- RMUoHP to celebrate its 10th Anniversary with an Open House June 8, 2009
- PhD in Health Promotion and Wellness now available May 26, 2009
- RMUoHP appoints Director of Clinical Education May 6, 2009
- RMUoHP appoints new Graduate Program Director April 27, 2009
- RMUoHP donates ENMG Symposium Proceeds April 21, 2009
- RMUoHP Graduate Program Director speaks at International Conference April 15, 2009
- RMUoHP holds 20th Annual ENMG Symposium April 7, 2009
- RMUoHP Graduate Program director receives prestigious appointment March 31, 2009
- RMUoHP receives NWCCU approval for site visit for initial accreditation March 23, 2009
- RMUoHP appoints entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program Chair November 5, 2008
Dr. Tim Flynn to Speak at CIRNE 05/14/2013
Dr. Tim Flynn, a leading physical therapist on musculoskeletal treatment and manual therapy and RMUoHP faculty, will offer a keynote address at the 2013 International Congress on Sports and Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation (CIRNE) on May 16, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The CIRNE is a scientific congress and a celebration of shared knowledge. Though CIRNE only got its start a few years ago it has quickly become one of the leading physical therapy conferences in South America. The conference brings together some of the most acclaimed names in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Sports, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Flynn is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS), a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), and a frequent research presenter at state, national, and international meetings. Dr. Flynn is widely published and has received numerous research grants and awards.
In addition to his numerous contributions to the physical therapy industry Dr. Flynn is also a Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions where he teaches professional and post-professional students in the area of musculoskeletal management, advanced manipulation skills, and evidence-based practice. He also serves on the executive board of Evidence in Motion. In addition to his academic endeavors he also practices at Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists. His primacy clientele is made up of individuals suffering from low back pain, chronic spinal disorders, failed back surgeries and chronic pain disorders.
Dr. Flynn’s keynote address at CIRNE will focus on Thoracic Spine Manipulation in Upper Quarter Disorders. He will also conduct a pre-congress seminar and workshop focusing on current best management of the thoracic spine and rib cage region.
Dr. Erin Nosel Selected to Lead Enrollment Management 05/14/2013
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) has tapped Dr. Erin Nosel to lead the newly created Enrollment Management department. Dr. Nosel was selected as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management/Director of Student Services after an extensive search.
“We as an institution are pleased to bring Dr. Nosel into this new role. She has quickly proven to be a tremendous asset to the university, and we expect great things for the University as she leads the Enrollment Management department,” said Dr. Richard Nielsen, President of RMUoHP.
Previous to her employ at RMUoHP she was the Founding Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and an Associate Professor at the Rosenberg School of Optometry. Dr. Nosel earned a Doctorate of Optometry as class Salutatorian and completed a residency in Pediatric Primary Vision Care from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at Colgate University.
Dr. Nosel has served as a faculty member and clinical attending at Southern College of Optometry and The Eye Center in Memphis. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She has been heavily involved in research during time spent with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Northwestern University, and Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
In addition to her academic accolades Dr. Nosel has also been a principal site investigator of NIH-sponsored multicenter pediatric clinical research trials. She is also a national lecturer for continuing education and has authored numerous refereed journal publications. Professionally she is a charter member of the American Nutrition Association, and a recent former member the Optometric Genomics working group, Student Affairs Officers committee and the Centralized Application Service (CAS) committee.
Upon her appointment Dr. Nosel stated, “I am excited to be a part of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions community and to be joining this dedicated team of professionals. I am looking forward to meaningful dialogue with a great administration, staff, faculty and student body to advance the mission of the University. RMUoHP is poised and ready for growing a comprehensive enrollment management department and I look forward to being a part of the implementation team.”
RMUoHP is pleased to add Dr. Nosel to the administrative body of the university. Her expertise within the enrollment management field will bolster the university as it continues to experience unprecedented growth.
Dr. Sandy Pennington stated, “Dr. Nosel’s leadership experience in integrating enrollment management practices is complemented by her knowledge of academics. We are confident her skills and knowledge will elevate a critical component of our University.”
RMUoHP Teams Up With NASM 04/24/2013
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) today announced a partnership that aligns RMUoHP’s Master of Science in Health Science (Sport Performance / Pediatric Exercise Science) with the NASM ‘s Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Youth Exercise Specialist (YES) credentials.
Beginning in September 2013, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) will be offering a Master of Science in Health Science program. This interdisciplinary program will offer two distinctive tracks: Sports Performance and Pediatric Exercise Science. The Sports Performance track is suited for individuals who have a desire to increase their exercise science knowledge focusing on strength and conditioning/sport performance. The Pediatric Exercise Science track is directed toward those individuals interested in becoming specialists in developing appropriate physical activity plans for inactive children who could benefit from enhanced health- and skill-related fitness.
The Master of Science in Health Science degree program will utilize NASM instructional material and resources specific to the CES, PES and YES credentials, provide discounted fees to all RMUoHP students who enroll into NASM certification programs and provide a direct line of progression for NASM educated specialists seeking advanced degrees. RMUoHP provides a competitive advantage to other universities through the utilization of a blended-model approach. This educational design combines online and on-site education and allows students to continue to work professionally while completing an advanced degree.
The Master of Science in Health Science program requires the completion of three semesters of coursework; of which two semesters require 1-week attendance on campus for discussion, demonstration, and presentations. There are two options to complete each degree program. The first is an internship (practicum) followed by comprehensive examinations and a capstone project. Students will need to return to campus to defend their capstone projects during their fourth semester. The second option is to complete a master’s thesis. Students will work with their graduate program director to assemble a committee to help mentor and facilitate the research process. The thesis option is ideal for students interested in continued graduate study in their respective field of study. The non-thesis option would be appropriate for students more interested in advancing their education as well as their careers as practitioners.
“A partnership with NASM provides our students further exposure to knowledge and practical application in the areas of sport performance, corrective exercise techniques and pediatric exercise. It allows NASM students an avenue to advance their education into a specialization concurrent with their professional careers,” said Dr. Daniel Dodd, the Graduate Program Director for the Master of Science in Health Science degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. “Our university welcomes the opportunity to work with NASM and its students.”
Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations including the new Weight Loss Specialist program, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today’s health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives. To learn more about NASM certifications, visit http://www.nasm.org or call 1.800.460.NASM.
New Program - Master of Science in Health Science 04/11/2013
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) (www.rmuohp.edu) is now offering a Master of Science in Health Science program. This interdisciplinary program will offer two distinctive tracks: Sports Performance and Pediatric Exercise Science. RMUoHP has brought in Dr. Daniel Dodd as the Graduate Program Director for this program. Dr. Dodd received his PhD from Arizona State University in the Department of Exercise and Wellness with a concentration in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness. His area of expertise centers on the behavioral conditioning and training necessities of professions such as firefighters, police officers, and military personnel. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has worked as the Head Sports Performance Coach for Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, AZ. He is currently an adjunct faculty member for Illinois State University in the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation.
The Sports Performance track is suited for individuals who have a desire to increase their exercise science knowledge focusing on strength and conditioning/sport performance. The Pediatric Exercise Science track is directed toward those individuals interested in becoming specialists in developing appropriate physical activity plans for inactive children who could benefit from enhanced health- and skill-related fitness.
The program is designed for students to continue professional work obligations during the 12- month didactic portion of the program while completing three semesters; two semesters require attendance on campus for discussion, demonstration, and presentations. There are two options to complete each degree program. The first is an internship (practicum) followed by comprehensive examinations and a capstone project. Students will need to return to campus to defend their capstone projects during their fourth semester. The second option is to complete a master’s thesis. Students will work with their graduate program director to assemble a committee to help mentor and facilitate the research process. The thesis option is ideal for students interested in continued graduate study in their respective field of study. The non-thesis option would be appropriate for students more interested in advancing their education as well as their careers as practitioners.
Latest Edition of the RMUpdate Now Available 04/08/2013
RMUoHP to offer new post-baccalaureate DNP/Family Nurse Praactitioner program 03/27/2013
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) will be offering a new track to its existing post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. RMUoHP will now offer a post-baccalaureate DNP/Family Nurse Practitioner track. Dr. Marie-Eileen Onieal will continue as the Graduate Program Director. Dr. Stacey Pfenning has been selected as the FNP Program Coordinator. Dr. Pfenning is a 2008 graduate of RMUoHP. She recently coordinated an FNP program in North Dakota; her responsibilities included clinical placements, teaching, and curriculum development. Dr. Pfenning has practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the St. Alexius Emergency and Trauma Center since 2002.
The post-baccalaureate DNP-FNP program will use the limited-residency model of the University’s current DNP program and other post-professional programs. Nationally recognized standards and competencies were used to develop the curriculum which will integrate online learning with carefully selected experiences in areas close to where students reside. The course sequencing and prerequisites were structured to promote development of competencies to function in the FNP role. The program is designed to prepare nurses to deliver primary health care to families in a variety of settings. Students follow patients through the life cycle utilizing obstetric, pediatric, gynecologic, as well as adult and geriatric primary care diagnostic and management skills. The clinical experiences are supported by preceding or concurrent didactic content. A required scholarly project, with a focus on applying best current evidence to transform systems, culminates the student’s application of doctoral level thinking. Successful graduates of this program would be eligible to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), with a population focus of family.
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is excited to offer this program to prepare individuals to be great primary care providers. With such demand for qualified Advance Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants, the opportunities for these professions have never been greater.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accepted the application for the initial accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. New applicant status signifies an affiliation with CCNE; it is not a status of accreditation.
Dr. Ghazi-Birry selected as Vice Provost/Academic Dean 03/08/2013
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions names Dr. Ghazi-Birry as Vice Provost/Academic Dean
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Hani S.Ghazi-Birry as the University’s Vice Provost/Academic Dean. Following an extensive national search, Dr. Ghazi-Birry was chosen for this integral role.
Dr. Ghazi-Birry was initially trained as a physician and medical researcher and spent most of professional life in clinical academic settings. Dr. Ghazi-Birry holds a master’s degree in anatomy and neurological science, a PhD in physiology/biochemistry from Oxford University, a Medical Doctor (MD) degree, followed by post-graduate medical/surgical training and a Fellowship in Brain Microvascular Pathology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He continued his education further by earning a Doctorate of Optometry as valedictorian in Memphis, TN with advanced training in neuro-ophthalmic diseases. Prior to joining RMUoHP he served as the Founding Dean and Professor of the Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, TX.
RMUoHP is honored to bring an individual of Dr. Ghazi-Birry’s caliber to the institution. Provost Sandy Pennington joins all the Administration in welcoming Dr. Ghazi-Birry: “His keen understanding of the issues facing healthcare education and his breadth of expertise will position the University to sustain and grow quality programming.” His experience, vision, and passion will allow RMUoHP to continue offering the highest level education possible to our students, while elevating the University’s leadership.
Neonatology Fellowship 12/14/2012
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital has successfully achieved credentialing as a Neonatology Physical Therapy Fellowship program. This is the first credentialed program of its kind in the United States.
“A credentialed residency or fellowship program promotes standards of quality and consistency in the teaching and practice of physical therapy. Through their voluntarily participation and adherence to the requirements of the credentialing process, these programs confirm to potential residents or fellows their commitment to providing quality learning experiences by meeting established criteria. Additionally, completion of the credentialing process is an affirmation to the public at large of the Program’s commitment to the protection of the consumer of physical therapy.” -Gail Freidhoff, PT, MAT, SCS, ATC - Chair, American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.
A great deal of credit is given to Dr. Jane Sweeney who has worked tirelessly to develop and steward this program. The credentialing of this program signifies the continued vision of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions to deliver excellence in healthcare education. Dr. Sweeney is a pioneer in the area of pediatric physical therapy. She was in the first group of 4 to become board certified in pediatric physical therapy in 1986. Dr. Sweeney has published many times including 29 journal articles, 13 chapters, 21 peer-reviewed abstracts, and 1 edited book. To say she is an expert in pediatric physical therapy would be a vast understatement.
Entry-level DPT Earns CAPTE Accreditation 11/08/2012
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is pleased to announce the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) has granted accreditation for its entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. RMUoHP is only the second accredited physical therapy program in the State of Utah.
“This CAPTE accreditation announcement is an historic and culminating milestone for the University. It marks the end of a very long process of events which date back to one of our first strategic planning meetings in 1998, at the time of the University’s inception, when we identified doing an entry-level physical therapy program as one of our initiatives. Now, fourteen years later, we have done that and have now secured the highest level of physical therapy education accreditation possible from CAPTE. Many hundreds and thousands of hours have been devoted to this program, from inception through today’s accreditation milestone. I could not be more pleased,” said Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, President.
The addition of this accredited program is a benefit for the community and state. Local university students now have another option to pursue graduate education from an accredited in-state program. Utah residents already account for 50% of the DPT program’s enrollment. Furthermore, these students will help fill the need for highly trained, qualified therapists in Utah. Nation-wide support of RMUoHP’s program is evident through job offers received by the inaugural cohort that graduates in December 2012. Upon receiving accreditation, Dr. J. Wesley McWhorter (DPT Program Director) said, “Earning CAPTE accreditation is a great achievement for our program. I am honored to work with such incredible administration, faculty, staff, and students. This is a proud day for the DPT program and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.”
Upon hearing the news Mayor John Curtis (Provo) stated, “Congratulations to Rocky Mountain University for yet another milestone in their efforts to offer additional educational opportunities in our community. I’m confident we will continue to hear additional significant announcements from them in the future.”
23rd Annual Electroneuromyographic Symposium 09/24/2012
RMUoHP held the 23rd Annual Electroneuromyographic Symposium on Sept 14-15 in Provo, UT. This two day symposium is designed specifically for physical therapists who specialize in electroneuromyography. Attendance this year was at an all-time high, with participants travelling from as far away as Maryland, Michigan, and Georgia. In all, 15 different states were represented. The first day of the symposium, invited speakers were given an opportunity to present original research. This year topics included Parsonage-Tuner Syndrome, Median Mononeuropathy, Nerve Grafting, and several other related focuses. All presentations are published in The Proceedings as either a full article or abstract.
This year’s keynote address was given by Daniel Dumitru, MD, PhD. Dr. Dumitru currently serves as Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Occupational Therapy, and Physiology at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Dumitru formerly served as president of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and is past president of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has received several awards including The American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s Distinguished Researcher Award, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio President’s Award for Excellence in Teachings, and The Association of Academic Physiatrist’s Distinguished Academician Award. Dr. Dumitru spoke on “Instrumentation and Problem Solving” and “Why Waveforms look the Way They Do.”
We appreciate all those who attended and presented. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Commencement - 2012 08/06/2012
On Saturday, August 4, RMUoHP held the annual Commencement Ceremony at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo, Utah. Dozens of graduates, families, and friends returned to Provo to celebrate their achievements. Dr. Jim Hinojosa, Professor of Occupational Therapy for the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, gave the commencement address. Dr. Hinojosa has more than 35 years’ experience as an occupational therapist, researcher, and educator. He has served as director of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Board and received its Meritorious Service Award. As a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Dr. Hinojosa has served on many of its commissions and boards and was awarded its highest honors, the Award of Merit and the Eleanor Clarke Lectureship.
The alumni speaker was Dr. Lucille Raia. Dr. Raia is the Associate Chief of Nursing Education at the magnet-designated James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL. She is also the Director of the James A. Haley VA Nursing Academy.
Two awards were given at this year’s commencement ceremony, Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Award Recipient and the Hartgraves’ Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Caroline Raskiewicz was named as the outstanding alumnus. Dr. Raskiewicz is the program director for a large Nurse Anesthesia (NA) program that prepares registered nurses to function in the role of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Dr. Raskiewicz has volunteered her time to participate in “Smile Train” and “Hearts Helping Hands,” to provide healthcare to children in South America. As part of the fourth DNP cohort at RMUoHP, she was integral to the success of her classmates in working as a team leader and a reliable team member. Dr. Raskiewicz will tell you that her greatest accomplishment is her children. But the community service and tireless efforts that she has demonstrated over her 37-year career in nursing has clearly shown…who she really is: a leader, a mother, a wife, a friend, a nurse and a doctor, and one worthy of this esteemed award.
The Hartgraves’ Award for Excellence in Teaching is the highest honor an active faculty member can receive from RMUoHP. This year’s winner was Dr. Marie-Eileen Onieal. Dr. Onieal holds a PhD in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Onieal is one of the founders of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and a Past President of that organization. In 1997 she was selected as a US Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow, representing the AANP. In recognition of her advocacy for Nurse Practitioners at the local, state and national levels, in 2000, Dr. Onieal was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Onieal’s clinical expertise is in Pediatrics and Orthopedics. She is currently serving as the Graduate Program Director for RMUoHP’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Upon receiving her award Onieal stated, “I am both honored and humbled by the Hartgraves’ award. When I consider the previous awardees, I feel privileged to be in this esteemed group of educators. That my students and colleagues believe I was deserving of the award is overwhelming. I still can’t believe it!”
We at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions are privileged to work with such gifted students and dedicated faculty. Congratulations to all of the 2012 graduates.
7th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium 08/06/2012
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions hosted the seventh annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium on August 3, 2012 at Morinda Bioactives Corporate Headquarters in Provo, UT. The theme of this year’s conference was “Innovative Strategies for Finding and Practicing with Evidence.” The symposium was kicked off with an early bird session given by RMUoHP faculty Tim Flynn, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT. His presentation entitled “Tricks of the Trade EBP 101” reviewed basic concepts and principles of EBP. The keynote address was given by Marthe J. Moseley, PhD, RN. Dr. Moseley has over 25 years of experience in critical care practice, education, consultation, and research. She is currently the Clinical Nurse Advisor for Cardiovascular for the Office of Nursing Services in Washington, DC and a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Critical Care at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas. Her topic, Moving from Searching to Application of Evidence, set the tone for the event.
The symposium was designed to meet the needs of the advanced nurse practitioner, nurse, physical therapist, athletic trainer, occupational therapist, pharmacist, researcher, librarian, and educator. With special session topics ranging from integrating technology into clinical practices to healthcare policy to engaging incoming healthcare students, there was something for everyone.
In addition to the informative presentations, the events of the day included time to visit poster displays and an array of vendors. The poster displays were created by graduating RMUoHP students on their chosen topic. Guillermo Escalante, a 2012 PhD in Athletic Training graduate, from Alta Loma, CA was awarded the top prize for his poster entitled “The Effects of the Use of Versa Gripps® on sEMG Amplitude of Selected Muscles During Pull-Ups in Strength Trained Males & Females and on Maximal Pull-Up Performance in Females.”
The event was well received and great information was shared. One participant wrote, “Great venue, thank you for all the hard work to put on a great conference.” We hope all who attended learned more about Evidence-based Practice and how they might be able to implement it in their space.
We appreciate Morinda Bioactives for allowing us to use their beautiful facilities. We would also like to give a hearty thank you to Intermountain Physical Therapy & Rehab and Mountain Land Rehabilitation for their sponsorship!
Pennington named as Provost. 07/17/2012
Following an extensive national search, Sandra L. Pennington, PhD, RN was selected as Provost/Chief Academic Officer of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Pennington is a highly recognized scholar in nursing and healthcare having contributed numerous articles and co-authored several textbooks. She has been involved in clinical, educational, and legal consulting and frequently lectures on topics related to women’s health and evidence-based practice. She is a past Salzburg (Austria) seminar fellow and Mellon Grant recipient and has taught nursing at the Baccalaureate and Doctoral levels.
Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, RMUoHP President states, “I take great pride in welcoming Dr. Pennington to this prestigious rank as the senior academic officer at this University. She brings to this position ten years of experience at RMUoHP, the majority of which was spent as the Academic Dean. Dr. Pennington is the epitome of an academic officer and has earned the trust and confidence of administration, staff, faculty, graduate program directors and trustees as well as the students she has represented for these many years.” Dr. Pennington will assume her new role immediately.
Trevor Dorius named as first recipient of Ensign Facilities Inc. Scholarship. 07/12/2012
Dr. Brent Alvar Named NSCA’s Newest Board Member 07/12/2012
The NSCA announced that Brent Alvar, Director of Research at Rocky Mountain University of Health professions in Provo, Utah, was appointed to the association's board of directors.
"Brent has exceptional experience with physical training for sports, firefighting and military operations." says Dr. Steve Fleck, NSCA Board President, “We are delighted that he is joining NSCA’s board of directors.”
Dr. Alvar is considered an expert in the dose-response relationship of resistance training and strength improvement and is the author of Research Supporting Progression Models in Resistance Training. Michael Embree, NSCA Interim Executive Director says, “The staff and current board are happy to welcome Brent Alvar. The NSCA is working hard to extend its reach and include fitness professionals from across the country. By engaging new leaders, we can create and promote our mission that supports positive changes to our members and public at large.”
Alvar joins a nine-member board that furthers the NSCA’s mission: As a worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, we support and disseminate research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness.
Alvar’s appointment was announced during the 2012 NSCA National Conference and Exhibition Award Ceremonies. The event featured more than 50 educational sessions and research presentations, all designed to help those attending to expand their knowledge and further their careers. For more information regarding NSCA and its board members, please visit www.nsca.com.
Top rated medical school partners with RMUoHP to develop medical student education. 06/25/2012
RMUoHP offers new MSN and MHA programs. 06/04/2012
RMUoHP is pleased to announce two new degree programs. As a leader in innovative, evidence-based, graduate, healthcare education – RMUoHP is now offering both a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA). The addition of these two programs will greatly benefit those who wish to earn a graduate degree while still working. RMUoHP’s limited-residency model blends the best of face-to-face and online education to meet the needs of working professionals, allowing students to balance personal, professional, and academic commitments. RMUoHP considers the best educational model for a changing healthcare environment to be an integration of scholarship, practical experience, and research.
The MSN program is designed for the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse interested in developing and enhancing professional knowledge and practice skills in Healthcare Leadership. The program will enable graduates to assess and evaluate nursing and healthcare practice systems, as well as educational methods and research findings in preparation for successful transition to advanced roles as leaders in varied settings.
RMUoHP’s MHA program prepares current and future healthcare leaders to affectively respond to the dynamic and ever-changing healthcare industry. MHA graduates are educated to be strong leaders, entrepreneurs, and excellent communicators. This program highlights aspects of healthcare administration and management. Students are exposed to current and relevant theories in leadership, management of healthcare facilities and practices, strategy, financial analysis, planning and budgeting, and organizational development.
For more information please contact the Admissions Office at or 801-375-5125.
RMUoHP Foundation receives grant from the Anschutz Foundation. 05/25/2012
The Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Anschutz Foundation located in Denver, Colorado. The general operating grant will be used as seed money to help launch a charity care clinic offering much needed rehabilitation services for underserved and indigent patients in Utah County. The RMUoHP Foundation is collaborating with four other locally based nonprofit organizations and social service agencies in furthering this community initiative.
RMUoHP seeks program director for new MHA degree program. 05/04/2012
Program Director for the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
RMUoHP is currently seeking a program director to facilitate the University’s dynamic Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree program. This part-time position requires no relocation for the director. Students and faculty complete required coursework from their home location with travel to the Provo campus for an immersion week each semester.
The ideal candidate will have
• Academic preparation (earned doctorate preferred, master’s degree considered) and experience in healthcare administration.
• Graduate-level teaching experience using evidence-based principles for both the delivery of education and delivery of healthcare.
• Experience in the use of a learning management system
• The ability to mentor students as healthcare leaders who are focused on positively influencing the direction of healthcare.
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Founded in 1998, RMUoHP provides a rich academic environment as a post-professional institution of higher education offering multi-specialty and multi-disciplinary graduate-level education for healthcare professionals and entry-level physical therapy professional education. The University has experienced significant growth in enrollment since receiving accreditation in 2010 to offer master’s and doctoral degrees from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Faculty and students from across the nation participate in the Universities limited-residency model of education. The residential entry-level physical therapy program is seeking specialty accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) this year. Currently the institution has 350 students and 900 alumni.
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is an equal opportunity employer.
Applicants wishing to apply should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae or resume, and references to Heather Goodale, PHR, Human Resources, at . Reference letters provided in advance are appreciated but not required.
Dr. Sandy Pennington named as RMUoHP Interim Provost. 04/09/2012
Sandra L. Pennington, PhD, RN was named as interim Provost at RMUoHP replacing Dr. Larry Banks. Dr. Pennington, who also serves as Academic Dean, holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. She has co-authored several textbooks in the areas of critical care and emergency nursing, and pharmacology, and has contributed numerous articles in nursing and healthcare publications. Dr. Pennington is involved with clinical, educational, and legal consulting, and lectures on topics related to women’s health, and evidence-based practice. She is a past Salzburg (Austria) seminar fellow and Mellon Grant recipient and has taught nursing at the Baccalaureate and Doctoral Level.
A national search is currently being conducted for the position of Provost/Chief Academic Officer.
RMUoHP distinguished professor Dr. Tim Flynn receives APTA award. 02/21/2012
Dr. Timothy Flynn, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, a Distinguished Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) has been awarded the prestigious Richard W. Bowling-Richard E. Erhard Orthopaedic Clinical Practice Award for 2012. The award was created by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to acknowledge an individual who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the clinical practice of orthopaedic physical therapy.
Dr. Flynn is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and is a frequent research presenter at state, national, and international conferences. He is also widely published, having written numerous texts, manuscripts, and abstracts on orthopaedics, biomechanics, and manual therapy issues.
RMUoHP programs now eligible for Federal Student Loans. 02/10/2012
The US Department of Education has determined that RMUoHP is eligible under the Higher Education Act to participate in Title IV Federal Student Financial Assistance programs including subsidized and unsubsidized direct loans. All of RMUoHP’s graduate programs are eligible for Federal Direct Student Loans. For more information, visit the Financial Aid link at http://www.rmuohp.edu/index.php?/current_students/tuition_fees/financial_aid/.
“The University is now able to offer a complement of student loans to qualified students,” said Dr. Rick Nielsen, President of RMUoHP. Only accredited institutions qualify to administer Federal student loans. RMUoHP received regional accreditation in February of 2011 from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
RMUoHP receives VA approval. 11/29/2011
RMUoHP is now honored to assist veterans, military members, and entitled family members in expanding their healthcare expertise through use of their Veteran’s Administration (VA) educational benefits. The VA administers several educational programs. For a detailed description of each program, please visit the following VA website: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/index.html For more information on eligibility, admissions, registration, and paying for your education, contact RMUoHP’s Veteran’s Affairs advisor at or 801.375.5125.
RMUoHP collaborates with Intermountain Healthcare to host clinical education event. 11/18/2011
On November 12-13, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP; www.rmuohp.edu) hosted the Module 1 Graston Technique workshop, which was sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare (www.intermountainhealthcare.org). Thirty-four physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers from across Utah participated in the two-day clinical education event. The Graston Technique (www.grastontechnique.com) uses stainless steel instruments to innovatively reduce recovery time for injuries and resolve chronic conditions through soft tissue mobilization.
Dr. David Paulson, manager of Intermountain Healthcare’s Utah Valley Regional Medical Center Physical Therapy and a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy, commented regarding the workshop, “Bringing together a diverse group of clinicians in an interdisciplinary learning environment at RMUoHP’s excellent facilities provided an opportunity to increase expertise and improve patient care. We look forward to continued collaboration between these two organizations and the resulting benefits to Intermountain Healthcare’s patients.” Echoing Dr. Paulson’s sentiments, Dr. Rick Nielsen, RMUoHP President, noted, “A shared commitment towards improving the delivery of healthcare in our State creates a natural and meaningful alignment between the University and Intermountain Healthcare. We are thankful for the opportunity to engage with other exceptional organizations through which the results directly impact our community.”
RMUoHP holds 6th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium. 09/16/2011
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) held its 6th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium in Provo, Utah. Mountain Land Rehabilitation was the symposium sponsor. More than 60 athletic trainers, nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists attended the symposium. Attendees listened to research presentations and lectures given by Marie Eileen-Onieal, PhD, MMHS, CPNP, FAANP; Susan Gardner, PhD, RN, CNE; Timothy W. Flynn, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT; Susan K. Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMSS; and Malissa Martin EdD, ATC. The 7th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium is scheduled to be held August 3, 2012.
RMUoHP Foundation hosts 5K charity event. 08/19/2011
On Saturday, August 13, the RMUoHP Foundation hosted the Rocky Mountain 5K charity event at the University’s campus in Provo. Prizes were awarded to the top three female and male runners. Students, employees, and community members participated in the event, which purpose was to benefit the Shaw family of Orem. The Shaws, who have a seven-year old son with special needs related to a seizure disorder, heart and lung disease, and cerebral palsy, had been struggling to adopt a daughter from the Ukraine before she would be released from the orphanage to the streets. As the 5K developed, the Shaws gained custody of their new daughter and funds raised will help them with major medical and adoption expenses. RMUoHP’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy students, who have helped the Shaw’s son with his physical therapy routine, were inspired by the family’s challenges and generosity. For more information on the 5K or to donate to the Shaw family, visit the website at http://rockymountain5k.blogspot.com/.
RMUoHP Foundation to host Rocky Mountain 5K charity event. 08/10/2011
The RMUoHP Foundation is hosting the Rocky Mountain 5K on Saturday, August 13. This is a fundraising event for a deserving local family who has touched the hearts of our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy students. For more information, to register, or to donate, visit the blog at http://www.rockymountain5k.blogspot.com/. All donations are tax deductible. The University thanks the local organizations with have sponsored or donated to the event.
RMUoHP student takes commercial flight to Provo airport. 07/15/2011
Arriving on campus this week, Dr. Shane McClinton is RMUoHP’s first student to take a commercial flight into the Provo airport. McClinton is a physical therapist from Des Moines, Iowa and is currently pursuing his second doctorate degree; he is enrolled in RMUoHP’s Doctor of Philosophy program in Orthopaedic and Sports Science. RMUoHP provides a blended educational model through a combination of distance learning and face-to-face instruction to professionals around the country who are pursuing advanced healthcare-related degrees. As a result of RMUoHP’s educational model, RMUoHP students, faculty, and associates, take about 1000 flights a year. With the new development of commercial flights arriving at Provo airport, RMUoHP and its constituents will greatly benefit from this new convenience. “For me the great thing about it was I didn’t need to take a shuttle from Salt Lake City. It saved me about 100 dollars, and was much more convenient. I already booked my next flight for this Fall,” said McClinton. In June, RMUoHP also participated in the inaugural commercial flight from the Provo Airport to Denver, Colorado.
RMUoHP administrator/faculty speaks at physical therapy conference. 07/08/2011
Michael Skurja, Jr., PT, DPT, ECS, Executive Vice President and Graduate Program Co-Director of the Doctor of Science program in Clinical Electrophysiology at RMUoHP was an invited speaker at the Iowa Physical Therapy Association Conference which was held at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa. The title of Dr. Skurja’s presentation was “Disc Herniation with Sciatica; Correlating Neuroanatomy and Physiology with Patient Presentation, Clinical Examination and Diagnostic Tests.” Dr. Skurja is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Electrophysiologic Clinical Specialist. He has served as the chairman of the Specialty Council for the Section on Clinical Electrophysiology of the American Physical Therapy Association, and in 1993 was awarded the Professional Merit award by the section.
Student success presentation. 07/01/2011
Dr. Larry Banks, EVPAA/Provost of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions presented at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities’ (APSCU) annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Banks’ presentation addressed how non-cognitive and other student-related characteristics can be used to improve retention and student success. With new gainful employment regulations, colleges and universities are focused on student success. Dr. Banks’ research centers on student employability factors and retention strategies. APSCU is a national association that represents for-profit colleges and universities. During the annual conference, senior executives attended seminars and workshops on issues affecting the private sector of post-secondary education.
RMUoHP hosts celebratory open house for regional accreditation. 05/27/2011
On Thursday May 19, 2011, RMUoHP hosted approximately 200 community educational, political, business, and healthcare leaders as well as students and faculty at a celebratory open house to recognize RMUoHP’s regional accreditation status. RMUoHP was granted regional accreditation status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and Accreditation and the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Education.
The event was held on RMUoHP’s Provo, Utah campus, and included remarks from Provo City Mayor John Curtis as well as the President of RMUoHP, Dr. Richard P. Nielsen. Attendees enjoyed lunch and guided tours of the campus. The administrative officers at the University would like to thank all of those who attended and invite any interested parties to visit the campus in the near future.
RMUoHP holds 22nd Annual ENMG Symposium. 04/08/2011
On March 25th and 26th RMUoHP sponsored the 22nd Annual Electroneuromyographic (ENMG) Symposium at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Provo, Utah. Over 40 physical therapists and electromyography specialists from across the country participated in the symposium which featured research presentations and lectures on pathology and assessment of nerve and muscle integrity to assist in the identification and diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases. Proceeds from the conference were donated to the American Congress of Electromyography (ACE). At the beginning of the conference, a check from last year’s proceeds was presented by Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, President of RMUoHP, to Dr. Elaine Armantrout, President of ACE. This year’s keynote speaker was J. Martin Favetto, MD. Dr. Favetto’s presentation concentrated on “Neural challenges related to trauma, surgery, and disease of the upper extremity; including hand transplant surgery.” Dr. Favetto is a fellowship-trained hand surgeon who practices with Bluegrass Orthopedics in Lexington, Kentucky.
RMUoHP welcomes Hakuho Women’s College students. 03/11/2011
On Tuesday, March 8th RMUoHP welcomed to its campus in Provo, Utah 16 Hakuho Women's College physical therapy students. The visit was made possible through Selnate International School (Selnate). RMUoHP’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students and the Hakuho students were able to gain a better perspective of physical therapy education in each other’s respective countries as each group gave a presentation on the subject. RMUoHP’s Director of Clinical Education, Jeff Lau, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT, also provided insight to the Hakuho students with his presentation on the physical therapy profession here in the United States of America. DPT Program Director J. Wesley McWhorter PT, MPT, Ph.D. said, “The entry level DPT program at RMUOHP was privileged to host these students at our new, state of the art facility. The students were very curious and inquisitive about our educational process and asked many questions while observing the DPT students in a lab setting.” Hakuho Women's College was established in 1998 as a private junior college. The college is located in Oji, Nara, Japan and offers healthcare related degree programs which include physical therapy, child care, nursing, and others. Selnate International School is located in Provo, Utah and provides international students the opportunity to learn the English language and American culture. Selnate offers ESL (English as a Second Language) courses with emphasis in standardized college entrance exams such as the TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT. Selnate also offers homestay in Provo, Utah to its international students.
RMUoHP earns Regional Accreditation 02/28/2011
After several years of comprehensive evaluation, RMUoHP has been granted regional accreditation status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and Accreditation and the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Education. Regional accreditation applies to the institution as a whole and is a voluntary, non-governmental, process of analytic self reflection and peer review that assures educational quality. “RMUoHP has developed an innovative educational model for healthcare professionals and NWCCU simply confirmed that our educational model is exceptional,” said, Dr. Larry Banks, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. Founded in 1998, RMUoHP’s mission is to educate current and future healthcare professionals in outcomes oriented evidence-based practice. "It takes a great deal of time, commitment and determination to earn and maintain regional accreditation," said Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, President of RMUoHP. "Universities and Colleges must not only meet specific standards of educational excellence, but their faculty and administration make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver high quality education to students." Nielsen said. “We wish to thank all of our students, faculty, administration, and staff for their confidence in us and their patience with us throughout the past several years of this process. We could not have achieved this status without them!” said Dr. Michael Skurja, Executive Vice President of Administration.
RMUoHP appoints Vice President of Finance. 02/27/2011
RMUoHP has appointed Jeff Bate, MBA as Vice President of Finance. Mr. Bate received his MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas and his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University. Previously, Mr. Bate served as a Corporate Controller for NetDeposit, LLC, a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation. Additionally he has had positions as Vice President of Finance for Precision Assembly, Inc., a manufacturing company in Orem, Controller for First Security Bank and as an Accounting Manager for American Stores. He began his career working for one of the first cell phone providers, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, which is now AT&T.
RMUoHP faculty members receive awards. 02/25/2011
During the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting from February 9-12 in New Orleans, Louisiana, RMUoHP Director of Research, Mitchell J. Rauh, PT, PhD, MPH, FACSM, received the Sports Physical Therapy Section’s Excellence in Education Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to sports physical therapy education through excellence in academic teaching, clinical education, and/or professional development for more than 10 years. Also recognized during the APTA Combined Sections Meeting was RMUoHP PhD in Orthopaedic and Sports Science faculty member, Todd Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS. Ellenbecker received the Sports Physical Therapy Section’s Turner A. Blackburn Hall of Fame /Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors a Sports Physical Therapy member whose contribution to the specialty of sports physical therapy leadership, influence, and achievements have been demonstrated by frequent and sustained efforts for more than 25 years.
RMUoHP appoints Doctor of Physical Therapy program faculty member. 02/19/2011
RMUoHP has appointed Mark Walker, PT, PhD as a full-time faculty member in its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Dr. Walker has been a practicing physical therapist for 29 years. He began his training at the University of Utah, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. In 2000 Dr. Walker received a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Brigham Young University. Dr. Walker has served as the Director of Physical Therapy at Castleview Hospital in Price, Utah and at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, New Mexico. Dr. Walker has been the owner of several physical therapy clinics. In 1994 Dr. Walker opened his first clinic, Peak Physical Therapy, in Spanish Fork. In 1998, after selling his ownership, Dr. Walker opened Fitquest Physical Therapy in Orem. In 2008, he opened Walker Physical Therapy in his hometown of Springville. Dr. Walker has taught in numerous settings, as an adjunct professor of sports medicine at Utah Valley University and as a guest lecturer for the ATC rehabilitation course at BYU. He also taught graduate level functional anatomy at BYU. Dr. Walker currently resides in Springville, Utah.
RMUoHP appoints Foundation Board chair and members. 02/18/2011
Roger Merrill, CLU, ChFC, has been elected Chairman of the RMUoHP Foundation Board. Mr. Merrill is a well known and highly regarded financial advisor and is the principal of Merrill Financial Advisors. As chair of the foundation board Merrill will also serve as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Other recently appointed members of the RMUoHP Foundation Board are Dr. Larry Hall, Director of Student Wellness at BYU, Ed Sweeney, attorney and owner of radio station KCPW in Salt Lake City, Dr. David Woodbury of Mountain Land Rehabilitation, Vic Deauvono, investor and developer and Jeff Alexander, owner of Alexander’s Print Advantage.
RMUoHP faculty receives award. 01/18/2011
Dr. Michael Ross, Graduate Program Director of the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program and faculty member of the PhD in Orthopaedic and Sports Science program at RMUoHP, was awarded the Texas Physical Therapy Association's 2010 Outstanding Physical Therapy Assistant Faculty Award. This prestigious award acknowledges an outstanding faculty member in Physical Therapist Assistant education in Texas who has demonstrated teaching excellence in the academic setting, and has shown a commitment to service to the institution, profession and community. Dr. Ross also serves as a physical therapist in the U.S. Air Force as the Director of the U.S. Air Force Physical Medicine Training Programs at Sheppard AFB, TX. Dr. Ross completed a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and Musculoskeletal Primary Care from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, CA, his Doctorate of Health Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College. Dr. Ross is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Ross has published over 70 manuscripts and abstracts related to orthopaedic physical therapy. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.
RMUoHP appoints new Trustee. 12/15/2010
RMUoHP is pleased to announce that Laurence N. Benz, DPT, MBA, has been appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Benz is the President/CEO of PT Development LLC a private equity firm with operating holdings in private physical and occupational therapy practices in several states. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in private practice physical therapy management, industrial medicine, and marketing. A frequent lecturer at multiple Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, national conferences, and MBA programs throughout the country, Dr. Benz has been on the American Physical Therapy Association's Advisory Panel on Practice and The Board of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is currently a Trustee with the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Dr. Benz is the recipient of numerous business and physical therapy awards including the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the year for his region. His company was repeatedly voted in the top 10 of Best Employers for his region in the large employer category. He is the co-developer of Evidence in Motion, physicaltherapist.com, and PThelpforhaiti.org. He has been published in leading physical therapy publications and texts. Dr. Benz currently serves as a member on the Board of Directors for Wasatch Educational, Inc.
RMUoHP hosts NWCCU for site visit. 10/29/2010
RMUoHP hosted at its Provo, Utah campus an on-site evaluation for initial accreditation conducted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) on October 27-29, 2010. The on-site evaluation was a major step in a 10-year process of accreditation evaluation which follows a specified procedure for application, institutional self-studies, and site evaluations. A select team of NWCCU evaluators was on campus evaluating the University’s compliance to NWCCU requirements. On January 29, 2009, RMUoHP’s status as a Candidate for Accreditation was continued on the basis of the Fall 2008 Interim Candidacy Evaluation. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation. It is an indication that an institution complies with the NWCCU eligibility requirements and is progressing toward institutional accreditation.
Faculty member awarded endowed chair. 10/08/2010
Stephen C. Allison, PT, PhD was awarded the Evidence in Motion Endowed Chair. The endowed chair recognizes Dr. Allison’s research and teaching in Evidence-based Practice which impacts all academic programs at RMUoHP. Dr. Allison holds degrees from Brigham Young University (BS), Baylor University (MPT), the US Army War College (MSS), and The University of Texas at Austin (PhD). Dr. Allison serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He is a nationally known speaker and an expert on the integration of research evidence in clinical practice. Dr. Allison is also employed by the US Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine to develop computational and statistical models to predict injury and physical performance deficits in military training. A retired Army Colonel, Dr. Allison was a faculty member and Director of the US. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, Texas from 1994 - 2001.
Faculty receives Excellence in Teaching Award. 10/01/2010
Dr. Malissa Martin, Graduate Program Director of the PhD program in Athletic Training at RMUoHP, received the Hartgraves’ Award for Excellence in Teaching during the University’s 2010 Commencement Ceremony. The Hartgraves’ Award for Excellence in Teaching is the highest honor an active faculty member can receive from RMUoHP. Dr. Larry Banks, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost said, “I have had the pleasure of observing Dr. Martin in the classroom. She is a great teacher, because she thoughtfully designs learning experiences that are fun and memorable. Dr. Martin is simply passionate about learning and teaching.” RMUoHP’s PhD in Athletic Training program is the only of its kind in the United States. The program helps students build a solid foundation to conduct independent research, learn the latest evidence-based methods for clinical practice, and study the science and art of teaching. Students benefit from collaborating with other athletic training clinicians and educators from across the country while being instructed by leading experts in the field of athletic training.
RMUoHP alumnus receives award. 09/15/2010
RMUoHP alumnus Dr. Patrick Van Beveren received the prestigious Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Honors and Awards Ceremony on June 19, 2010. The purpose of the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award is to acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy as exemplified in the professional careers of Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall and is the APTA’s only clinical award which is given once per year. Other RMUoHP alumni have also received the award including Dr. Susan Ryerson in 2008 and Dr. Mary Massery in 2002. A member of the APTA since 1973, Dr. Beveren served as a Past President of New York Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Beveren has had a profound impact on the Physical Therapy profession as a whole, particularly in the professional development of local and national physical therapists and the negotiation of direct access in NY State. He has owned his own practice, co-authored home study and textbook Chapters as well as taught in higher education.
RMUoHP faculty named editor-in-chief. 08/27/2010
RMUoHP's PhD in Athletic Training faculty member William Pitney, EdD, ATC, was recently named as editor-in-chief of the Athletic Training Educational Journal. RMUoHP’s PhD in Athletic Training program is the only PhD program specifically for Athletic Training in the nation. Dr. Pitney is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Northern Illinois University. In addition, Dr. Pitney is on the review panel for the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. He has been actively involved on the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Research Assistance Committee and has served on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation free communication subcommittee. His research focus is related to professional socialization and the use of qualitative research methods.
RMUoHP holds 2010 Commencement Ceremony. 08/16/2010
RMUoHP held its 2010 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the historic Provo Tabernacle in Provo, Utah. Doctoral degrees were awarded in various fields, including Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Science (in the areas of clinical electrophysiology, orthopaedic physical therapy, and pediatric science), and Doctor of Philosophy (in the areas of athletic training, nursing, and pediatric science).
Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. William A. Sederburg, delivered the 2010 commencement address. Commissioner Sederburg addressed the graduates and discussed Utah’s 2020 Plan for Higher Education. The plan has an aggressive goal for 55% of Utahns ages 25 to 64 to receive a higher education certificate or degree by 2020. This goal is aggressive because it requires Utah to triple its growth beyond current trends of persons going to college. Dr. Sederburg also discussed the importance for local privately sponsored higher education institutions like RMUoHP to be involved in the plan.
Other dignitaries who attended include Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. William Sederburg, Associate Commissioner of Higher Education Cameron Martin, Aegis Therapies President Martha Schram, Provo City Mayor John Curtis, Deputy Mayor Dixon Holmes, and Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce President Steve Densley. The alumni speaker was Dr. Donna Diedrich, who graduated from RMUoHP with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Faculty and students came from across the country to participate in the commencement ceremony.
RMUoHP student and faculty receive award. 08/16/2010
RMUoHP’s PhD in Athletic Training student, Gregory Myer, was named the winner of the Journal of Athletic Training “Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement” for his case report, “Longitudinal Assessment of Noncontact Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk Factors During Maturation in a Female Athlete.” Dr. Myer received the prestigious award at the National Athletic Trainer’s Association’s Annual Meeting on June 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
RMUoHP’s PhD in Athletic Training faculty member, Leamor Kahanov, EdD, ATC, was named first runner-up with her submission of “Bilateral Pulmonary Emboli in a Collegiate Gymnast: A Case Report.”
RMUoHP to hold 2010 Commencement Ceremony. 08/03/2010
RMUoHP will hold its 2010 Commencement Ceremony in the historic Provo Tabernacle on Saturday, August 7 in Provo, Utah. The procession will begin at 11:00 am and will conclude with a reception on the tabernacle lawn. Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. William A. Sederburg will be featured as the ceremony's keynote speaker. Commissioner Sederburg served in the Michigan State Senate for twelve years and as the president of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, for nine years. In 2003, Dr. Sederburg became the fifth president of Utah Valley State College, where he led the school through its transition to its status as Utah Valley University (UVU). Dr. Sederburg was appointed as Commissioner in August 2008. He was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dr. Donna Diedrich who graduated from RMUoHP in September of 2009 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree will be the commencement’s alumni speaker. Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Diedrich is in her 29th year of active practice. Diedrich is a 15-year employee of Aegis Therapies, where she currently works as a Regional Director of Clinical Services, supporting managers, therapists, and customers across seven states.
RMUoHP Announcement of Evaluation for Initial Accreditation and Request for Comments 06/30/2010
RMUoHP will host at its Provo, Utah campus an evaluation for initial accreditation conducted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU; www.nwccu.org) on October 27-29, 2010. This is an initial accreditation evaluation following a specified procedure for application, institutional self-studies, site evaluations, and Candidacy for Accreditation. On January 29, 2009, RMUoHP’s status as a Candidate for Accreditation was continued on the basis of the Fall 2008 Interim Candidacy Evaluation. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation. It is an indication that an institution complies with the NWCCU eligibility requirements and is progressing toward institutional accreditation. RMUoHP invites comments regarding the University to be sent directly to the Commission no later than 30 days prior to the site visit dates. The Commission’s address is:
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052-3981
Evidence-based Practice Symposium 06/22/2010
Registration is now available for the 5th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium on August 6, 2010 at RMUoHP. Click here for more information!
RMUoHP holds Certification Course in the General Movement Assessment for Infants. 06/14/2010
From June 9-12, RMUoHP held two certification courses in the General Movement Assessment for Infants at its campus in Provo, Utah. Attendees were instructed by the internationally recognized developmental neurologist and researcher from the Netherlands, Dr. Mijna Hadders-Algra. Over 60 occupational therapists, nurses, physical therapists, physicians, and speech therapists attended training sessions which focused on assessment of general movements in both preterm and term gestation infants and prepared participants to use movement observation methodology in identifying newborns and infants at risk for neurological and developmental dysfunction. Proceeds from the courses were donated to the Pediatric Research Fund through the RMUoHP Foundation.
RMUoHP appoints Vice President of Advancement and COO of RMUoHP Foundation. 06/08/2010
RMUoHP has appointed Les Smith, PhD as Vice President of Advancement and COO of the RMUoHP Foundation. Dr. Smith received a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. Dr. Smith has had a long and distinguished career in university administration, non-profit management and consulting. Previously, Dr. Smith served as Vice President of the Major Giving at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, Vice President of the Arizona State University Foundation, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Boston University, Vice President for University Advancement at Bradley University, Senior Vice President of the Clements Group, and Executive Director of the Deseret Foundation. He was an adjunct faculty member at three universities and at ASU he served as Assistant Dean of the College of Law. During his career, Dr. Smith has worked as a consultant to over a hundred colleges, universities and non-profit organizations. In addition to his experience in higher education and consulting, Dr. Smith has served for six years as a trustee and is currently vice chair of the board at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and was recently named as a community board member of the Southwest Regional Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.
RMUoHP appoints new director of entry-level DPT program. 06/01/2010
RMUoHP has appointed J. Wesley McWhorter, PT, MPT, PhD as the new director of its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, replacing Dr. Robert A. Sellin who will continue as a faculty member in the program. Dr. McWhorter received his BS. and PhD degrees from Brigham Young University in 1977 and 1988, respectively. He received his MPT degree from the U.S. Army-Baylor Program in Physical Therapy in 1979. Previously, McWhorter served as associate professor at UNLV’s department of physical therapy. RMUoHP also recently appointed Kevin Helgeson, PT, DHSc as faculty to the DPT program. Dr. Helgeson previously served as department chair and associate professor of Idaho State University’s department of physical and occupational therapy.
RMUoHP Director of Research receives award. 05/21/2010
RMUoHP Director of Research, Mitchell J. Rauh, PT, PhD, MPH, FACSM, received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Sports Physical Therapy Section Excellence in Research Award. The study for which it was awarded was “Prevalence and relationships between disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction and musculoskeletal injury among competitive female interscholastic runners." Dr. Rauh received the prestigious award during the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting which took place February 17-20, 2010 in San Diego, California. Dr. Rauh obtained his doctorate in Epidemiology with a special interest in injury epidemiology from the University of Washington. He has also received degrees in Health Sciences (University of Nevada-Reno), Public Health (San Diego State University), and Physical Therapy (University of Washington). Dr. Rauh’s current research interests include high school sport injury epidemiology and issues concerning the female athlete and military recruit. Dr. Rauh is a member and fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
RMUoHP appoints Medical Librarian. 05/21/2010
RMUoHP has appointed Joy Harriman, MBA, MS/LIS as Medical Librarian. Harriman has worked for over 20 years in the health care industry in library and information management, staff development, marketing, training, and research. Previously, she was associated with Texas Tech University Health Sciences of the Permian Basin, located in Odessa, Texas. From 2008 to 2009, she served as the Director of Development. From 2002 to 2008, Harriman was Associate Director for the Library of the Health Sciences and adjunct faculty in the Physician Assistant Program. Harriman graduated from the University of West Florida, Florida State University, and the University of South Alabama. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Communication Arts, an M.L.S. and an M.B.A. Harriman also holds a distinguished level of certification from the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Harriman’s book, Creating Your Library’s Business Plan: A How-To-Do-It Manual with Samples on CD-ROM, was released March 2008, by Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
RMUoHP holds 21st Annual ENMG Symposium 04/05/2010
On March 19-20, 2010 RMUoHP sponsored the 21st Annual Electroneuromyographic (ENMG) Symposium at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Provo, Utah. Over 50 physical therapists and electromyography specialists from across the country participated in the symposium which featured research presentations and lectures on pathology and testing of nerves and muscles to assist in the identification of neuromuscular diseases. Proceeds from the conference were donated to the American Congress of Electromyography (ACE). At the beginning of the conference, a check from last year’s proceeds was presented by Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, President of RMUoHP, to Dr. John Palazzo, past president of the ACE and graduate of RMUoHP. This year’s keynote speaker was Sohrab Gollogly, MD, PC. Dr. Gollogly’s presentation concentrated on “spinal implants.” Dr. Sohrab Gollogly is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon who practices in Monterey, California.
RMUoHP Graduate Program Director has fund named in her honor; RMUoHP alumnus receives Jeanne Hughes 03/01/2010
RMUoHP’s PhD in Pediatric Science Graduate Program Director, Jane Sweeney, PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA, was honored during the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting on February 18, 2010 in San Diego, California with the Neonatology Lectureship Fund named in her honor. The Neonatology Lectureship Fund was established in September 2009 through the generous donation of Dr. Sweeney. The Neonatology Lectureship Fund was designated in specific support of the Neonatology Special Interest Group’s continued recruitment of accomplished, distinguished speakers in neonatology at the Combined Sections Meeting. Also during the meeting, Vickie Meade, PT, DSc, MPH, PCS, alumnus of RMUoHP, received the Jeanne Hughes award. The Hughes Award is awarded to the best manuscript published in Pediatric Physical Therapy that is adapted from a thesis or dissertation.
RMUoHP appoints Director of Admissions. 03/01/2010
RMUoHP has appointed Bryce E. Greenberg, MBA/GM as Director of Admissions. Mr. Greenberg received his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. “I have known Bryce for years,” said Dr. Larry Banks, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost of RMUoHP. “He is highly experienced in enrollment management, and he has passion for student success. I am excited to have Bryce join our admissions team.” Mr. Greenberg has over 11 years of extensive expertise in higher education and has worked with universities and colleges in admissions and operations. Mr. Greenberg has consulted with private non- profit and for- profit Universities and Colleges in the areas of enrollment management and student-centeredness services. Mr. Greenberg is a member of Higher Education Professionals and the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.
Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program granted CAPTE candidacy status. 02/17/2010
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP), located in Provo, Utah, has been granted candidacy status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The announcement was made on January 28, 2010 by Mary Jane Harris, the Director of the Department of Accreditation for CAPTE. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director, Robert Sellin, PT, DSc, ECS, said the following regarding the announcement, “we are very fortunate to have a highly skilled team of educators who have worked diligently over the past year and half to make Candidacy possible. While Candidacy is not a guarantee of accreditation it is a very important step in the process which enables us to admit students to the program. The University is in a unique position to offer a needed educational service to Utah County and the western states area. We look forward to becoming a positive force on the delivery of health care both locally and nationally as our program matures.” RMUoHP is pleased to announce the following faculty for the DPT program: Robert A. Sellin, PT, DSc, ECS; Jeffery D. Lau, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT; J. Wesley McWhorter, PT, MPT, PhD; Kevin Helgeson, PT, DHSc; Tim Flynn, PT, PhD; Mark Walker, PT, PhD; Robert S. Pozos, PhD; Ronald Scott, PT, EdD, LLM; Mitchell J. Rauh, PT, PhD, MPH, FACSM; Stephen C. Allison, PT, PhD; Lori Thein Brody, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC; and, Sandra L. Pennington, PhD, RN. Aegis Therapies, one of the largest contract aging rehabilitation companies in the country, has provided funds for an endowed chair and three scholarships in the DPT Program. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with CAPTE that indicates the DPT program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidacy is the final stage before full-accreditation, which is granted during the first DPT class’s last semester. For RMUoHP’s DPT program, this will take place in December 2012. The first DPT class will begin on May 10, 2010. Applications are being accepted online at www.rmuohp.edu.
CAPTE conducts site visit at RMUoHP. 12/01/2009
On October 19-20, 2009, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) conducted an on-site visit at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) to assess the university’s developing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Dr. Robert Sellin, PT, DSc, ECS, Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, stated, “The CAPTE site visit was a very positive and constructive meeting and we await the written report summary from CAPTE.” The DPT program is scheduled to start in May of 2010, contingent upon gaining candidacy. The program will be the first residential program for the University, and the second residential Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the state of Utah. Applications are currently being accepted for the inaugural class. RMUoHP’s DPT program is currently in the Applicant for Candidacy phase of accreditation. The Application for Candidacy (AFC) was completed and sent to CAPTE on August 27th of this year. CAPTE pronounced the AFC “bona fide” on September 1, 2009. RMUoHP will find out in January 2010 if it has gained Candidate for Accreditation status.
RMUoHP holds 2009 Commencement Exercises. 08/03/2009
RMUoHP held its 2009 Commencement Exercises on August 1, 2009 at the historic Provo Tabernacle in Provo, Utah. Sixty-five doctoral degrees were awarded and 18 graduates returned to Provo to participate in the ceremony. Doctoral degrees were awarded in various fields, including the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree, Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and Doctor of Science degree (in the areas of advanced neurology, athletic training, clinical electrophysiology, geriatric physical therapy, orthopaedic physical therapy, pediatric physical therapy, and sports physical therapy). The University’s first Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nursing was also awarded.
Ms. Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, delivered the 2009 commencement address. Ms. Austill-Clausen is president of Austill’s Rehabilitation Services, Inc., in Exton, PA. She is a member of Temple University and Harcum College Advisory Boards and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy Editorial Board. Ms. Austill-Clausen is a frequent workshop presenter and recipient of numerous awards for innovative quality services in private practice. The alumni speaker was Dr. Michele J. Monaco, who is the first graduate of RMUoHP’s Athletic Training Doctor of Science program. The Hartgraves’ Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Dr. Jane Sweeney, Graduate Program Director of the PhD in Pediatric Science program at RMUoHP. Faculty and students came from across the country to participate in the commencement exercises.
RMUoHP celebrates its 10th anniversary. 08/01/2009
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) hosted 150 honored guests for the celebration of its 10th anniversary. An Open House, held on RMUoHP’s Provo, Utah campus, was held on Friday, July 31. RMUoHP was delighted to welcome local healthcare leaders, government members, academia and the press, to celebrate along with the distinguished students, alumni, faculty and staff. Dignitary remarks by university founder, Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, President of RMUoHP, and university supporter, Mayor Lewis Billings were given on the successes that RMUoHP has brought over the last ten years. “Thousands of people from all over the United States fly into Salt Lake and travel to Provo to visit, teach in and work with the university,” said Nielsen. “They eat in our restaurants; they stay in Provo’s hotels and contribute to our community.” RMUoHP joins Brigham Young University, University of Utah and Utah State University in being one of a handful academic institutions in Utah who offer doctoral degrees.
RMUoHP holds 4th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium. 08/01/2009
On July 31, 2009, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) sponsored the 4th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium in Provo, Utah. More than 35 athletic trainers, nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists attended the symposium. Attendees listened to research presentations and lectures given by Stephen C. Allison, PT, PhD (Payson, AZ), Marthe J. Moseley, PhD, RN, CCRN, CCNS (San Antonio, TX), Rebecca D. Reder, OTD, OTR/L (Cincinnati, OH), and Craig R. Denegar, PhD, PT, ATC (Mansfield Center, CT). The 5th Annual Evidence-based Practice Symposium is scheduled to be held August 6, 2010.
RMUoHP appoints Director of Clinical Education. 05/06/2009
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) has appointed Jeffery D. Lau, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT, to serve as Director of Clinical Education for the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program. “Dr. Lau is a valuable asset to the institution,” said Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, President of RMUoHP. “We are pleased to have him as a member of our talented staff.”Dr. Lau has practiced in a variety of areas, including outpatient sports and orthopedics, industrial rehabilitation, skilled nursing/ long term rehabilitation, and hospital facilities, as well as in the educational setting during the last ten years. He received his undergraduate training at Utah Valley State College and Southern Utah University. Dr. Lau attended Creighton University and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 1999. He is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor, is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and is certified by the North American Institute of Manual Therapy as a manual physical therapist (CMPT). “Joining the faculty and staff here at Rocky Mountain University is an honor,” Lau said. “It is an environment where students who are eager to learn receive top quality, enthusiastic, and personalized instruction from dedicated, qualified, and passionate instructors.”
RMUoHP appoints transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Graduate Program Director. 05/04/2009
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is pleased to announce Marian Gillard, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, as the new Graduate Program Director of the transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (tOTD) program. Dr. Gillard adds to RMUoHP's reputation in faculty excellence with over 25 years of teaching experience. Dr. Gillard has spent her career as an occupational therapy practitioner, educator, and researcher in the Philadelphia area. She holds a PhD in Psychoeducational Processes from Temple University, with a BS and MS in Occupational Therapy from Temple. Her favorite areas of instruction include occupation-based models of practice, use of narrative reasoning in the clinical reasoning process, and research design. Dr. Gillard is an expert in interactive, distance learning, and has presented her research both nationally and internationally on the topic. Dr. Gillard has served on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Representative Assembly for four terms, and is a recipient of the Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s award for “Exemplary Leadership, Innovative Educational Approaches, and Dedicated Scholarship”. “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Gillard as the new director to continue the tradition of innovative education,” said Dr. Stan Hartgraves, Vice President of Academic Affairs at RMUoHP. “She brings a wealth of academic and clinical experience to the University, and as a Fellow of the AOTA, is well recognized by her peers.”
Join the RMUoHP Facebook Group! 04/17/2009
The RMUoHP Facebook Group is open to any Facebook members! To join our online community, click here, go directly to the website at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=65731417009, or, in the Facebook search engine, search "Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions" and join the group associated with the University logo.
RMUoHP holds 20th Annual ENMG Symposium. 04/07/2009
On March 13th and 14th Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) sponsored the 20th annual Electroneuromyographic (ENMG) Symposium at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Provo, Utah. Over 50 Physical Therapists and Electromyography specialists from across the country participated in the symposium which featured research presentations and lectures on pathology and testing of nerves and muscles to assist in the identification of diseases including carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal nerve problems, and other nerve disorders.
This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Jun Kimura, world renowned neurologist and author of Electrodiagnosis in Diseases of Nerve and Muscle: Principles and Practice. Dr. Kimura has made significant contributions to the field of clinical neurophysiology and his publications in peer-reviewed journals are numerous. He has maintained joint professor appointments between the University of Iowa and Kyoto University for several years. Dr. Kimura has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Muscle & Nerve Journal, President of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, and President of the World Federation of Neurology.
This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Jun Kimura, world renowned neurologist and author of Electrodiagnosis in Diseases of Nerve and Muscle: Principles and Practice. Dr. Kimura has made significant contributions to the field of clinical neurophysiology and his publications in peer-reviewed journals are numerous. He has maintained joint professor appointments between the University of Iowa and Kyoto University for several years. Dr. Kimura has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Muscle & Nerve Journal, President of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, and President of the World Federation of Neurology.
RMUoHP Graduate Program Director speaks at International Conference. 04/01/2009
Dr. Martha Hartgraves, Graduate Program Director of the transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program, spoke at the 2nd International Conference in Rehab Medicine in Guadalajara, Mexico on March 20, 2009. Since the scope of practice and the philosophical basis of the occupational therapy profession are not well defined in Mexico, the boundaries between some professions have become blurred. Dr. Hartgraves was asked to address this issue and spoke about the connections between related professions. More than 300 people attended the conference, including physicians, therapists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals.
RMUoHP receives NWCCU approval for site visit for initial accreditation. 03/16/2009
RMUoHP's second post-candidacy site visit last October went quite well: in January 2009 the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (http://www.nwccu.org/) voted to continue RMUoHP's candidacy status and approved the next site visit for initial accreditation. A sincere "thank you" is offered to all who contributed to the highly successful October 2008 site visit. The site visit for initial accreditation promises to be as challenging as the initial candidacy site visit in 2005. Candidacy is a five-year process. RMUoHP gained this status in November of 2005; thus, RMUoHP is officially on the Commission schedule for the initial accreditation visit in October of 2010. This initial accreditation visit will require a concerted effort by the University's Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, and all other concerned parties. As RMUoHP nears the date of the next visit, we will once again call on the good will and volunteerism of all our constituents. Please join us in this monumental effort!