PT Pintcast PT School of the Week: Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

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Congratulations to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions on being selected as the PT Pintcast School of the week. If you would like to nominate your program, fill out the form here.

Big thanks to current student Aasta McColery (aastamccolery@gmail.comfor nominating Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions!

Why is your program the best?
Our professors are behind us 100% of the time. They have our best interests in mind and truly want us to be great clinicians. They expect the best from us and that helps us want to be the best.
What’s a strong point of your program? What’s something that makes it stand out from other programs?
The last year of our program is dedicated to clinical rotations which helps us be better prepared to join the PT profession when we graduate. We have three semesters at the end and a 6 week clinical at the beginning of our second year. Our clinical director has contracts throughout the United States. I am going to Alaska next year for one of mine.
What’s cool about your program?
Our program is focused on evidence based practice and our professors support that philosophy by providing us the best available research in which to learn. We have evidence based learning classes throughout our program so that we will know how to critically appraise the research when we are clinicians. It sounds nerdy to say research, but I hope we all want to be the best informed practitioners of physical therapy as we can be for our patients and our profession.
What are the (approximate) stats, class sizes, # of faculty?
54 students
37 males and 17 females in my class
15 full time faculty and a handful of adjunct specialty faculty
8 semesters with 5 on campus and 3 on clinical during the last year
What’s the area around school like? Social scene? Recreation?
Provo has trails and hikes as close as 10 minutes away. We have an outdoor rooftop concert series downtown in the summer. Park City is only 25 minutes away if you like winter sports. The Sundance Film Festival is in Park City in January. I recently completed hiking all five National Parks of Utah, which were amazing! Salt Lake City has some fun bars and a live outdoor concert venue.
What’s the school’s mascot?
We are a private school so we have a logo with a shield and a hand because we cater to health professions.
If you had a PT student who was on the fence about coming to your program, whats one thing you would point out to let them know why coming there would be a good choice?
I don’t know about other schools but our professors care about our success. They are easily accessible and are willing to meet with you individually to help you with any problems you may have and as often as you need. Even the president and founder of our school has an open ear because he wants what’s best for the students.
Best local beer:
Wasatch brew pub in Salt Lake City and Park City
FYI you can drink legally in Utah! lol
Freestyle: Tell us anything else the PT world should know about your program.
We are a close group of students with professors who listen to us. We have an awesome student services that make us feel that we are appreciated. Oh and we have a pretty great outdoor lifestyle living in Utah.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Where you’re from, year in school, what setting you want to practice in and anything else you want to add…
I am from Lincoln, Nebraska and I am completing my second year of school. Ideally I would like to work in pelvic and women’s health once I graduate and complete a residency program. My path to PT school is a little longer than most of my classmates. I started as a fish and wildlife major and later I earned a master’s in natural sciences in secondary education. I guess you can say I love anything related to science!
And, what made YOU specifically want to go there?
I felt that the school was welcoming and cared about the student’s voice. I also like to be prepared before starting something new and my program provides a year of clinical opportunities during the last year of school. And lastly, I was looking for an opportunity to serve abroad and they provided that with a sponsored trip to Malawi, Africa. It is the poorest country in the world and a newly developed physical therapy program.

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