​​Bridging Your Present and Future: Certificate and Degree Programs to Move You Forward

by | Sep 10, 2021 | Blog

Contributing Author(s): Mark Kremer

At Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP), we see higher education as a bridge, rather than an ivory tower. We spread knowledge to students working to cultivate their careers and communities, transporting you to where you want to be. Through a user-friendly network of certifications, complementary degrees, and non-degree courses, we’ve built bridges that can transport you to a new phase of your career, and enhance your opportunities for advancement.

Our Certificate Programs: A Bridge to Greater Experience

Deepening your practice and taking on new professional roles may not require a degree. Our certificate programs provide you with valuable knowledge that elevates your career with minimal imposition on your day-to-day life. And if you want to take your study even further, these certificates become bridges to useful degree programs. Here are just a few certificates that make you a more flexible healthcare provider:

Healthcare Leadership & Administration Certificate

This 12-credit concentration in healthcare leadership teaches key concepts and practices for leading successful organizations. Over the course of a year, you’ll take courses in areas like organizational behavior, leadership and ethics, and healthcare delivery that train you to lead with vision and insight. Whether you’re looking to move into an administrative role or just be a better team member, these skills will translate effectively to your work environment.

Healthcare Professions Education Certificate

As an expert in your field, the prospect of teaching others has probably crossed your mind. This certification prepares you to enter into academia and improve your current teaching practices. Over four 3-credit courses, you’ll learn how to prepare a new generation of healthcare providers through classes in learning theory and application, curriculum design, instructional technology, assessment of learning and more.

Functional Nutrition Certificate

Healthcare providers are constantly discovering links between food and overall systematic health. Our Functional Nutrition Certificate puts you at the forefront of this growing field with courses in how food promotes vital health, and how the GI system and gut microbiome affect other physiological systems. You’ll gain a broader perspective on your patients’ health and become more able to affect wellness in meaningful long-term ways.

These certifications enable you to explore higher education without limiting your options. If you decide to pursue an advanced degree, many of these certificate credits transfer to programs at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, such as the Master of Science in Health Science, Doctor of Medical Science, and Doctor of Occupational Therapy. These degrees can even lead you to PhD programs that prepare you for the highest level of research and instruction. Essentially, our certificates are bridges that can transport you to whatever educational horizon you envision.

Our Degree Programs: Bridges to a PhD

Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Science program is a terminal research degree—the pinnacle of any educational journey. It equips you to contribute your findings to the intellectual community and to instruct the next generation of practitioners. The PhD program is accessible to providers across the healthcare spectrum through our diverse concentration tracks tailored to your specific area of expertise. These nine tracks (listed below) guide you to your specific career goals.

Nine Concentration Tracks:

  • Athletic Training
  • Healthcare Leadership & Administration
  • Healthcare Professions Education
  • Health Promotion & Wellness
  • Human and Sport Performance
  • Integrated Health Sciences
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic Sports Science
  • Pediatric Science

Programs that Propel

Several of RMUoHP’s master’s and doctoral programs propel you into the PhD program. Credits from our Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) (post-professional), Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) , Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS), Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc), and Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) (post-professional) programs transfer seamlessly so you can jumpstart your pursuit of a PhD. The various tracks complement and extend your graduate study. You’ll enjoy a natural intellectual progression as you continue to deepen your understanding. 

Supplementing Your Expertise: Our Non-Degree Courses

Perhaps you’re not ready to commit to a full degree or certificate program, or you want to experience a variety of subjects. If that’s the case, RMUoHP supplements your expertise through standalone online courses in different specialities.

Courses offered through our MSHS and many of our certificate programs can provide you with immediate support regardless of your long-term educational goals. All of these are offered online, with regular opportunities to interact with faculty and peers. Classes in areas like Integrated Biomechanics, Learning Theory & Design, and Healthcare Leadership are applicable to a number of professional settings. Then, if you wish to continue your education through a certificate or degree, you’re already set up with credits that will give you a headstart on your learning process.

All of these options serve as bridges to higher levels of education. As you explore the many possibilities for your career, they offer a way for you to move forward in your education without sacrificing your flexibility. We think it’s the least we can do for students striving to evolve as healthcare professionals. To discuss the bridges you might be interested in, feel free to contact an advisor, or take a look at our many certifications. We can be the bridge to your next opportunity.