Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

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AN APPLICANT MUST POSESS:

  • A master’s or professional practice degree beyond a bachelor’s from a regionally accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Grade point average of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed during the master’s or professional practice degree (e.g., DPT, PA)
  • Writing and oral communication skills sufficient to conduct and deliver the results of meaningful research
  • Information technology skills sufficient to effectively participate in RMUoHP’s PhD program and effectively conduct research
  • Successful completion, with a grade of B- or better, of at least one course in Research Methods or Statistics at the master’s or higher level
  • A preferred minimum of one (1) year in clinical practice

Exceptions to these criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis with consultation of the concentration director. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit the following:

  1. Online Application
    1.  The statement of professional goals, on the application, should include current intellectual and professional interests and personal motivations as to why the student is applying to the degree program
    2.  Resume/CV. Including detailed employment history, career history, extracurricular activities, etc.
    3. Two letters of recommendation
      1. The recommendations are ideally from a former or current supervisor or professional colleague who is able to comment on your ability to apply evidence in practice
  2. Official transcripts from each prior graduate institution from which a degree was earned
  3. Copy of current United States healthcare license or certification in the appropriate area of practice, as applicable
  4. $50 Non-refundable application fee

Admissions Disclosures:

 

1. Admission is limited and selective. All completed applications will be considered for admission. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education.

2. Application materials can be emailed or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed. Official transcripts must originate from the institution’s Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

3. Full Disclosure Requirement: Incomplete or falsified admission information constitutes grounds for a refusal to admit or immediate dismissal, loss of credit, and forfeiture of all tuition and fees paid.

4. Confidentiality: Admissions materials received by the University are kept in strict confidence. Once the application materials are received, these materials are the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant. All applicant materials are kept for one year following receipt if the applicant does not enroll.

Tuition

ProgramSemestersCost Per CreditMinimum CreditsTotal TuitionOther Program Specific FeesVarious Lab, Equiptment & Association Fees throughout the programUniversity Resource Fee (per semester)Additional InformationProgram Requirments
Master'sMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Five or Six Semesters (20 - 24 months depending on curriculum choice)$59030$17,700

Optional Thesis (3 credits in semester 6) $1770

Thesis Commitee Fee $1050

$36 per credit
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$96750$48,350

*Lab Fee: $900 Total

**Preceptor Fees: $1,500 Total

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fees are $300 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720 & FNP 730), and will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs and use of onsite lab facilities.

**Note: Preceptor Fees are $500 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720 & FNP 730) and are used to compensate each hosting preceptor.

Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-PMHNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$96759$57,053*Preceptor Fees: $1,500 Total$36 per credit

*Note: Preceptor Fees are $500 per clinical course (PMH 708, PMH 718 & PMH 728) and are used to compensate each hosting preceptor.

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-FNP/PMHNP)Six Semesters (24 months)$96777$74,459

*Lab Fees: $900 Total

**Preceptor Fees: $3,000 Total

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fees are $300 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720 & FNP 730), and will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs and use of onsite lab facilities.

**Note: Preceptor Fees are $500 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720, FNP 730, PMH 708, PMH 718 & PMH 728) and are used to compensate each hosting preceptor.

Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP/ENP)Six Semesters (24 months)$1,03465$67,210

*Lab Fees: $900 Total

**Preceptor Fees: $3,000 Total

***ENP Course Fees: $3,000 Total

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fees are $300 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720 & FNP 730), and will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs and use of onsite lab facilities.

**Note: Preceptor Fees are $500 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720, FNP 730, ENP 712, ENP 722 & ENP 732) and are used to compensate each hosting preceptor.

***Note: ENP Course Fees are $200 per ENP credit per semester, and cover ultrasound sim, EKG sim, and all disposable supplies.

Master'sMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Seven Semesters (28 months)$1,017114$115,938$9,819$36 per credit

*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.

Please refer to the MPAS program’s Program Costs policy for full details on tuition, fees, and other expenses.

Master'sMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS MedSLP)Six Semesters (24 months)$99080$79,200$2,956$36 per credit

Always refer to your curriculum schedule for the most up-to-date tuition payment schedule.

Students choose elective courses, with variable credit loads. At least 6 elective credits required.

Master'sMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)/Master of Science in School Counseling (SC)Seven Semesters (28 months)$70560$42,300Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$36 per credit

*Program requires student to complete 2 elective courses (6 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Dual‐degree program option exists: Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Masters of Science in School Counseling. This dual-degree option requires student to complete an additional 12 credits (72 credits total). This extends the program to 9 semesters or 36 months.

*Dual‐degree program requires student to complete 1 elective course (3 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Master'sMaster of Science in Athletic Training Practice (MSATP)Six Semesters (24 months)$59033$19,470$36 per credit

*5 additional credits consist of HLA 620 (3 credits), ATH 720L (1 credit), ATH 730L (1 credit), which have variable timing.

The Healthcare Leadership course – HLA 620 (3 credits) can be taken in any semester. The lab courses ‐ ATH 720L & ATH 730L (1 credit each) – need to be taken during an on-site summer immersion session. Students can choose which summer immersion session they attend, and only need to attend one session to complete their course of study.

DoctoralDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Four or Five Semesters (16 - 20 months depending on curriculum choice)$76936$27,684Course Fee for HLA 620* $100$36 per credit

*Students that select the Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track will have a course fee of $100 for the HLA 620 course which will be used to purchase a validated emotional intelligence assessment report.

Students in the DMSc program (regardless of concentration track) choose between two curriculum models to complete the 36 credit hours: the Integrated Model and the Phased Model. Both curriculum models are designed so PA clinicians, educators, and administrators can continue professional work obligations while completing this degree. In the Integrated Model, students complete the practicum and applied scholarly project courses concurrently with the other didactic courses. Students may complete the Integrated Model in as little as four semesters. In the Phased Model, students complete the didactic courses before completing the practicum and applied scholarly project courses. Students may complete the Phased Model in as little as five semesters.

PAs with bachelor’s degrees who have not previously completed a master’s or doctoral degree may enroll in the DMSc program and will be required to successfully complete the following additional courses that are offered by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
HS 506 Data & Decision Making (3 credits)
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

DoctoralDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Five Semesters (20 months)$96747$45,449Scholarly Project Fee (to be applied in semester 5 when completing project) $2000$36 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner (FNPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Four Semesters (16 months)$96730$29,010

*Lab Fee: $900 Total

**Preceptor Fees: $1,500 Total

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fees are $300 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720 & FNP 730), and will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs and use of onsite lab facilities.

**Note: Preceptor Fees are $500 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720 & FNP 730) and are used to compensate each hosting preceptor.

CertificateEmergency Nurse Practitioner (ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Three Semesters (12 months)$1,17315$17,595

**Preceptor Fees: $1,500 Total

***ENP Course Fees: $3,000 Total

$36 per credit

*Note: Preceptor Fees are $500 per clinical course (ENP 712, ENP 722 & ENP 732) and are used to compensate each hosting preceptor.

**Note: ENP Course Fees are $200 per ENP credit per semester, and cover ultrasound sim, EKG sim, and all disposable supplies.

CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNPC/ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Five Semesters (20 months)$1,03445$46,530

*Lab Fees: $900 Total

**Preceptor Fees: $3,000 Total

***ENP Course Fees: $3,000 Total

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fees are $300 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720 & FNP 730), and will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs and use of onsite lab facilities.

**Note: Preceptor Fees are $500 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720, FNP 730, ENP 712, ENP 722 & ENP 732) and are used to compensate each hosting preceptor.

***Note: ENP Course Fees are $200 per ENP credit per semester, and cover ultrasound sim, EKG sim, and all disposable supplies.

CertificatePsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health)Four Semesters (16 months)$96739$37,713**Preceptor Fees: $1,500 Total$36 per credit

*Note: Preceptor Fees are $500 per clinical course (PMH 708, PMH 718 & PMH 728) and are used to compensate each hosting preceptor.

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

DoctoralDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Eight Semesters (32 months)$861129$111,069$1,805$36 per credit*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.
DoctoralDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesNine Didactic Semesters and minimum of Three Dissertation Semesters (48 months)$94470$66,080Dissertation Committee Fee $3000$36 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Four Semesters (16 months)$92630$27,780Capstone Fee (for two committee members) $1600$36 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Seven Semesters (28 months)$97740$39,080Capstone Fee (for two committee members) $2360$36 per credit
DoctoralTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Three or Four Semesters (12 - 16 months depending on curriculum choice)$94824$22,752$36 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner Certificate/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNPC/PMHNPC)Five Semesters (20 months)$96757$55,119

*Lab Fees: $900 Total

**Preceptor Fees: $3,000 Total

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fees are $300 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720 & FNP 730), and will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs and use of onsite lab facilities.

**Note: Preceptor Fees are $500 per clinical course (FNP 710, FNP 720, FNP 730, PMH 708, PMH 718 & PMH 728) and are used to compensate each hosting preceptor.

CertificateHealthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate (HLA)$44012$5,280$36 per credit
CertificateHealthcare Professions Education Certificate (HPE)$44012$5,280$36 per credit
CertificateEmergency & Primary Care in Athletic Training Practice Certificate (EPCAT)$44010$4,400$36 per credit
CertificateHealth & Wellness Coaching Certificate (HWC)$4406$2,640$36 per credit
CertificatePost‐Professional Occupational Therapy Certificates$5009$4,500$36 per credit
CertificatePsychiatry Certificate (for PA clinicians)$44015$6,600$36 per credit
CertificateMental Health Couseling Certificate & School Counseling Certificate (MHCC)(SCC)$70515$10,575Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$36 per credit

Mental Health Counseling Certificate

Mental Health Counseling: (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits required)Credits
CO 650 Mental Health Care Systems3
CO 671 Internship A - Mental Health3
CO 672 Internship B - Mental Health3
Mental Health Counseling Course Total:6-9
Determined Courses: (2-3 Courses; 6-9 credits required)
Deficit courses; based on transcript review and license requirements.6-9
Determined/Deficit Course Total:6-9
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program

School Counseling Certificate

School Counseling Courses: (4 courses, 12 credits required)Credits
CO 640 Foundation of School Counseling3
CO 641 School Services, Administration & Evaluation3
CO 642 Counseling Interventions for Student Success3
CO 655 Field Work in Counseling3
School Counseling Course Total:12
School Internship Courses: (1 Course; 3 credits required)
CO 673 Internship A - School Counseling3
CO 674 Internship B - School Counseling3
School Internship Course Total:3-6
Optional Courses:
Deficit courses; based on transcript reviewAs needed
Optional Course Total:As needed
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program
CertificateFunctional Nutrition Certificate (FNC)$44012$5,280$36 per credit

FAQ’s

Do I have to choose my concentration track before applying to the program?

Yes, you will select your track as you apply to our PhD program.

How long do students have to complete the program?

The PhD program is 12 semesters or 4 years long, and most students complete their dissertation and PhD within a 4 to 5 year period. Students have 8 years from the date they start the program to complete their dissertation and have their degree conferred. If students need more than 12 semesters (or 4 years) to complete their dissertation they will enroll in continued enrollment semesters until they complete their dissertation.

How often do I have to travel to campus?

Throughout the 12 semesters, you travel to campus 5 times for 4-6 days. The other 7 semesters are totally online. No additional onsite visits occur during continued enrollment semesters.

Do I have to come to campus for the onsite sessions?

Yes, you must attend all onsite sessions unless there is an unforeseen emergency and you have the approval from the program director to miss the onsite. Onsite attendance is mandatory unless prior permission is obtained.

Does my dissertation topic have to be related to my concentration track?

Yes. You will become an expert on a topic related to your specialty area via your dissertation inquiry. Your concentration track director (CTD) will help you with your topic and find committee members and a chair who will guide and mentor you throughout the process.

When do I start my dissertation?

You are encouraged to have a dissertation topic as soon as possible; however, it is highly suggested that you choose your topic no later than semester 5 when you take Literature Review Analysis and Synthesis. In this course you’ll conduct a literature review of your topic. In semester 6, you will take Dissertation Prep I, and, in semester 7, Dissertation Prep II where you will further work on your dissertation. Students are provided support throughout the process.

The phases of the program flow as follows:

Didactic phase (formalized course work) = 8 semesters
Qualifying exam semester = 1 semester
Dissertation phase coursework = 3 semesters

How do I secure a dissertation chair and committee members?

The Concentration Track Director (CTD) and Program Director (PD) will help you find a dissertation chair in a variety of ways. We have a Dissertation Committee Database with over 100 individual experts in different specialties. We also help students seek out experts when we do not already have one in a specialty area of choice.

Committee chairs and members can be located anywhere in the country; however, we highly recommend you secure a chair that is relatively close to you geographically. There must also be at least one RMUoHP-affiliated person on each committee–whether they are a CDT, PD, faculty member, or previous dissertation chair.

Are there additional fees for my dissertation?

Yes, each student must pay a dissertation committee fee, which supports payment for your chair and committee members. You pay these fees in addition to tuition during dissertation phase courses in semesters 10, 11, and 12.

What are the qualifying exams like?

In semester 9 of the program, you will take the core qualifying exam and your concentration or specialty exam, after taking course HS 833A, where you prepare for the core exam with the program director as the instructor. Students take the core and specialty exam prior to the end of semester 9. You must pass the core exam prior to taking the specialty exam. Each CTD administers the specialty exam based on topics related to the concentration content area.

What types of laboratory equipment do I have access to?

On campus there is a myriad of research equipment to support your research studies and dissertation in our University Research Lab. Equipment includes:

  • Doppler Ultrasound Technology
  • Wireless Surface Electromyography
  • Wearable Kinematic Technology
  • Portable Metabolic Analyzer
  • Weight training equipment
  • Aerobic exercise equipment

However, you can also choose to access equipment close to your locale to support your research interest and dissertation.

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

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