The Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) Physician Assistant (PA) Program educates outstanding clinicians equipped to handle the challenges of practicing medicine in a multifaceted and complex healthcare system. Our program emphasizes a holistic patient-centered care approach, educating students not only in the foundational domains of medical knowledge and patient care, but also to:
- approach complex health problems through sound clinical reasoning, with sensitivity for the unique situation and concerns of each individual patient;
- leverage the powers of information technology and collaborative networking to make thoughtful, evidence-based decisions at the point-of-care;
- master the art of connecting with patients of diverse characteristics and backgrounds; and
- serve as ethical professionals who stand as examples and leaders in their communities and amongst their colleagues.
As our name implies, we are located in the Rocky Mountains! Utah has four different seasons full of world-class skiing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, star gazing, and more. We live where nature is in our backyard. Red rock country is just a short drive away. Many students take day or weekend trips together to the many national parks in Southern Utah (including Arches, Zions, Bryce, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef). The campus is also located right next to historic downtown Provo and is within an hour drive of Salt Lake City.
Clinical Simulation Practice
During the didactic phase of the program, students are challenged weekly with simulated patient encounters. This allows students to learn how to treat and care for patients in the didactic phase and prepare for their clinical experiences. The average PA program only offers a few simulated patient encounters just prior to clinical rotations.
At RMUoHP, we support our faculty to continue working in the clinic to stay up-to-date on skills and best practices. By continuing to work in the field, faculty bring real experiences into the classroom to better train the next generation of physician assistants.
Low Student-to-Faculty Ratio
The PA program at RMUoHP maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio. After being admitted, students are assigned a faculty mentor who will work with them individually throughout the program.
We credit our 99% graduation rate to the hard work and dedication of both our excellent students and dedicated faculty.
Opportunity for International Service in Africa and Guatemala
Each year during the summer semester break, students have the opportunity to travel to Africa with faculty and university administration to provide humanitarian work and gain exposure to third-world clinical experiences. Students will spend time both in the clinics and hospitals as well as the local village.
There is great enthusiasm about our PA program, and for good reason! There is a significant need for highly-competent, genuinely-caring physician assistants who provide excellent care for all. RMUoHP feels privileged to have the opportunity to deliver an innovative program designed to educate expert PAs who will prove to make a dramatic difference in the communities they serve.
The core values of the program are the fundamental principles that help guide decision making. The acronym R.I.G.H.T. is used as a memory aid and a way to communicate these values.
RESPECT FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS: – We respect all individuals and embrace our differences. We recognize, appreciate, and value diverse individual and cultural perspectives within the program, healthcare, and society. We regard each individual as an equal member of the human family and endeavour to serve each with compassion, concern, and diligence.
INNOVATION IN EDUCATION – We strive to be forward-thinking and promote a culture of innovation. This guides our approach to PA education, which prepares students to succeed in the face of evolving professional and educational demands.
GROWTH MINDSET – We embrace a growth mindset, encompassing the learning and progress resulting from perseverance through challenges and failure. We strive for improvement through personal reflection, learning from mistakes, and embracing constructive criticism.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS – We maintain high expectations for academic learning and professional behavior. We encourage commitment to life-long learning and professional growth.
THINK AND TEACH – We emphasize the importance of always thinking about the patient. Our students continually study and train to provide evidence-based and compassionate patient care. We also encourage students to seek opportunities to teach future generations of healthcare providers.
Program Outcomes have been adopted from the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession jointly published by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA), the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), and the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).