Institutions

Established in 1998 as a graduate healthcare institution, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) has a reputation for providing high quality, rigorous healthcare education programs; a diverse, qualified student body and accomplished alumni representing all 50 states; and, recruiting a nationally-respected faculty experienced in healthcare practice, research, administration, and education. RMUoHP offers the following certificate and degree programs:

  • Learning Design in Healthcare Education Graduate Certificate
  • Post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Master of Science in Health Science
  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Doctor of Science in Health Science

The University is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and holds various programmatic accreditations. Additional information may be found at www.rmuohp.edu.

The proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine (applicant status – seeking accreditation) is currently in development as a freestanding, independent College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Utah Valley. Initial planning for the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine began in 2010 in response to the national shortage of healthcare providers and with a focus on educating and retaining quality primary care providers in Utah (see source examples below). The College is in applicant status currently pursuing accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Applicant status is offered without rights or privileges of the COCA accreditation, and does not establish, suggest, or imply recognition of accreditation status by the COCA. Milestones in the accreditation process must be met over the coming years and the proposed COM must achieve Pre-Accreditation status in order to admit students. The timeline for recruiting and admitting students is dependent on securing that status.

  • According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), unless immediate action is taken, the US supply of doctors will be 91,500 short of the number needed by 2020 and 130,600 physicians short by 2025 (Modern Healthcare, 11.11.13, and American Academy of Medical Colleges Center for Workforce Studies).
  • The need for more physicians is one of the Top 10 challenges and opportunities for hospitals and particularly those hospitals in rural areas that have a harder time recruiting physicians. Additionally, with an aging population that is expected to nearly double from 2013 to 2025, specialists will also face higher demand to treat a number of chronic conditions relating to cardiology, rheumatology, urology, dermatology and neurology (Becker’s Hospital Review, 12.16.13).
  • Utah’s physician shortage is even more severe than in most states. The physician shortage continues to intensify with the influx of new patients, and it will further worsen as the number of people over 65 (who use more than twice the health care of younger adults) doubles. The number of Utahans 65 and older is expected grow by 50 percent between 2000 and 2015, and by 155 percent by 2030. (Utah Medical Education Council (2012), Utah’s Physician Workforce, 2010: A Study of the Supply and Distribution of Physicians in Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.)