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DSc Program

The vision of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is to become widely recognized for excellence in healthcare education. The Doctor of Science (DSc) in Health Science with clinical concentration areas in Athletic Training, Clinical Electrophysiology, Health Promotion and Wellness, Orthopaedics and Sports develops evidence-based clinician-scientists with advanced clinical skills who can critically evaluate the literature and participate in the research process through identification of best practice in the concentration area and apply that to independent clinical research.

The core and concentration courses are designed to enhance clinical, research, teaching, and leadership skills. The program is designed for practitioners to continue professional work obligations during the program while attending nine semesters of didactic work followed by completion of a dissertation. The dissertation will emphasize the application of scientific principles related to the application of evaluation, intervention and research of clinical problems seen in healthcare.

The purpose of the DSc in Health Science program is to prepare professionals from healthcare related fields as master clinicians, researchers, leaders, and educators. The program provides students with the ability to make contributions by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and/or presenting research at professional conferences. Students planning to enter an academic career will learn skills for effective teaching in academic healthcare programs.

Degree Objectives

The DSc in Health Science Program is committed to the development of the healthcare professional who can:

  • – Conduct and disseminate clinically sound, ethical, cost-effective research;
  • – Make significant and relevant contributions to the current body of scientific knowledge in the discipline;
  • – Develop knowledge expertise in the area of dissertation interest;
  • – Influence ethical and legal management of healthcare through education of providers, consumers, and society at large;
  • – Enhance leadership abilities, including competence in the roles of clinician, researcher, educator, and leader;
  • – Describe and distinguish the various theories associated with the concentration area.

Curriculum

Core Courses: All students are required to complete research methods/biostatistics courses as well as required theory courses. These courses provide the foundation for the concentration courses and the research process.
Concentration Courses: Students are required to select a concentration area before enrolling in the DSc program. Concentration courses are generally in the specific area of the research that the student will pursue.

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ACCREDITATION

NWCCU AccreditationUNIVERSITY 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.

Athletic Training

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The post-professional program in athletic training combines a rehabilitation science core with a pedagogy emphasis. The central element of the program is the completion of a dissertation that incorporates clinical research and advances knowledge in the area of athletic training. Quantitative and qualitative research, biostatistics, and professional writing courses provide a complimentary foundation. The curriculum is designed to increase the student’s abilities to utilize research theory to enhance evidence-based practices and to prepare manuscripts for publication. Advanced therapeutic exercise courses enhance the student’s abilities in the assessment and implementation of sound scientific principles in the treatment of athletes and other physically active individuals. The pedagogy emphasis affords students an interactive environment focusing on the designing and assessment of learning for athletic training education. Education coursework includes instructional design/delivery, assessment of learning, curriculum development, and higher education administration. The program is designed to enable athletic trainers to continue professional work obligations during the didactic portion of the program while completing eight semesters, each consisting of three modules of coursework. Modules 1 and 3 may include readings and assignments, as well as On-line participation (i.e., threaded discussions or chats). Module 2 in each semester requires attendance on campus for lecture, demonstration, etc. The number of on-site days for each course is course dependent. Courses noted “Online” have no days allotted. For all courses, students complete coursework throughout the entire semester. A written qualifying examination and dissertation are required following the didactic portion of the curriculum.

The DSc post professional athletic training program is committed to the development of an individual who can:

  • – Integrate current literature and evidence-based practices into assessment and therapeutic intervention plans for athletes and other physically active individuals.
  • – Analyze, critique, and synthesize literature to prepare manuscripts for publication and to apply to clinical practices.
  • – Conduct methodologically sound clinical research.
  • – Collect and critically analyze research data.
  • – Develop learner-centered instruction and instructional delivery skills based upon evidence-based practices.
  • – Integrate curriculum/leadership theory into professional teaching and administrative practices.

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NWCCU AccreditationUNIVERSITY 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.

Human & Sport Performance

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The Doctor of Science program in Human & Sport Performance includes a multidisciplinary focus with courses designed to increase the student’s competency and knowledge base in the various disciplines of exercise science, injury prevention, health, and sport or occupational performance. The core courses and directed independent study courses are designed to expand scientific inquiry and outcomes assessment, enhance research and consultation skills, and improve teaching and administrative skills.

The post-professional program in the science of human and sport performance offers expanded study in the advanced skills of applied sport science, human performance evaluation, strength and conditioning methods, training program design for various populations, the use of advanced coaching theories and strategies, advanced nutrition, and the development and use of technology in various areas of sport and occupational performance.

The program is designed for practitioners to continue professional work obligations while completing eight semesters, each consisting of three modules of coursework. Modules 1 and 3 may include readings and assignments, as well as WebStudy participation (i.e. threaded discussions or chats). Module 2 in semesters 1, 3, 5-8 requires attendance on-site for lecture, demonstration and lab. For all courses, students complete coursework throughout the entire semester.  A written qualifying examination, a practical comprehensive examination, and dissertation are expected in the second and third years.

The Human &Sport Performance Program, consisting of a minimum of 65 credits, is committed to the development of the specialist who can:

  • Integrate current best practices into the evaluation of performance in sports and occupations;
  • Modify practice strategies to optimize changing practice environments;
  • Provide expert, effective and compassionate evaluation for individuals at risk for injuries;
  • Effectively educate patients/clients, families, students, other healthcare professionals and the general public;
  • Effectively interact with other members of the healthcare system and/or performance team to support human performance enhancement;
  • Review, use and critique research literature;
  • Conduct methodologically sound clinical and applied research;
  • Impact the future to enhance and ensure quality human performance intervention strategies.

Human & Sport Performance Mission

The mission of the Human & Sport Performance DSc program is to prepare professionals to become evidence-based practitioners, learner-centered instructors, independent researchers, and leaders in the field of human performance enhancement.

Admission Requirements

  1. A Master’s degree in an area related to human performance, exercise science, or kinesiology.
  2. A minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in a related profession.
  3. Other health care professionals with requisite educational preparation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Have a grade point average of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed during the Master’s degree.
  5. Possess writing and oral communication skills sufficient to conduct and deliver the results of meaningful research. Must submit an essay that includes current personal, intellectual and professional interests and why the student is applying to the degree program.
  6. Submit a current Curriculum Vita.
  7. Possess information technology skills sufficient to effectively participate in RMUoHP’s DSc program.
  8. Possess information technology skills sufficient to effectively conduct clinical research.
  9. Have successfully completed, with a grade of B- or better, at least one course in Research Methods or Statistics at the Master’s or higher level.

 

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Health Promotion & Wellness

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The Health Promotion & Wellness concentration includes a multidisciplinary focus. The curriculum is designed to provide the student a multidimensional exploration of wellness, including the physical, psychological, spiritual, social and emotional aspects leading to the ability to conduct scholarly creative inquiry advancing the body of knowledge in health promotion and wellness. The curriculum includes coursework aimed at increasing the student’s abilities in the assessment and implementation of sound scientific principles in the promotion of health and wellness. The central element of the program is the completion of a dissertation that incorporates clinical research and advances knowledge in the area of concentration.

The core courses of biostatistics, research methods, scientific/professional and proposal writing are designed to expand scientific inquiry and advance knowledge of the professorate. The post-professional program in the science of health promotion and wellness offers expanded study in the areas of epidemiology, theories of behavior change, principles of health promotion, nutrition, population health and ecological issues.

The curriculum also includes coursework in risk factors and risk reduction strategies, motivational coaching and resilience, integrative therapies, controversial topics in health promotion, grant writing, learning theory and design. The program is designed to be successfully completed with minimal lifestyle disruption and will accommodate a variety of professional and personal situations (full-time working professionals, full-time parents, nonworking professionals, etc.).

During the program, students will attend nine semesters. Engagement in readings, assignments, threaded discussions, etc., as well as attendance on campus for face-to-face interaction with peers and mentors in a traditional classroom setting (except for the seventh semester; see on-site dates listed in calendar below), is required in each semester. The number of on-site days is course dependent. Courses noted “Online” have no on-site days allotted. For all courses, students complete coursework throughout the entire semester. A written qualifying examination, a practical comprehensive examination, and dissertation are required.

The Health Promotion & Wellness Program is committed to the development of the healthcare professional who can:

  • – Access, evaluate, and integrate best evidence in order to design guidelines and to provide current best practice practices to positively influence the health and quality of life of all people;
  • – Contribute to the evidence in health promotion and wellness by designing, acquiring approval and funding for, conducting, and disseminating original research or case studies;
  • – Develop learner-centered instruction and instructional delivery methods based upon evidence-based practices;
  • – Provide leadership and service in healthcare research, academia, and community at the local, regional, national and/or international levels:
  • – Become a leader in the integration of health promotion and wellness practice within traditional health disciplines.

 

HPW Mission

The mission of the Health Promotion & Wellness DSc program is to prepare healthcare professionals to: become evidence-based practitioners, learner-centered instructors, independent researchers, and leaders in the integration of health practice into traditional health disciplines.

 

ACCREDITATION

NWCCU AccreditationUNIVERSITY 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.