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The College of Health Professions combines a range of specialized disciplines around a single standard: delivering a robust interprofessional education that prepares students for the healthcare industry of tomorrow.
Our programs get results: For example, the Psychology PhD program achieved a 100% internship match rate for each of the past four years, far above the national average. And 74% of graduates from our Biomedical Sciences MS program were accepted to medical schools or other health professions programs in 2021. Our programs also get noticed: Our Physician Assistant MS program is ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News and World Report.
A Wealth of Academic Opportunities
RFU has an ambitious mission: to serve humanity through the interprofessional education of health and biomedical professionals, and the discovery of knowledge dedicated to improving wellness. The College of Health Professions is working toward that mission with innovative, hands-on degree and certificate programs in areas ranging from physical therapy to health administration.
RFU also believes strongly in achieving more equitable health outcomes and improving healthcare delivery for all. The College of Health Professions pursues those goals in a variety of ways, from maintaining population health and lifestyle medicine programs that tackle systemic issues directly to proactively working to increase the number of applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Flexible Learning Experiences
Are you a post-doc student who wants to experience an active campus life? Or a busy professional who’s exploring distance-learning options? Whether you’re interested in full- or part-time enrollment, classroom or remote learning, the College of Health Professions can accommodate you.
Some of our programs, such as the Clinical and Lifestyle Nutrition MS and Health Professions Education MS, also offer flexible programming that allows students to set their own pace and graduate anywhere between two and five years. We recognize that everyone’s personal and professional circumstances can vary greatly, and we work with each of our students so they can pursue their educational goals without putting the rest of their lives on hold.
At RFU, we know interprofessionalism plays an important role in healthcare management and delivery. As a College of Health Professions student, you will discover a culture that emphasizes interprofessionalism and teamwork — and you’ll find that carries over into the classroom as you regularly learn and interact with students from our five other colleges.
More than that, you’ll find doctorate-level degree programs in Interprofessional Healthcare Studies — a rare opportunity for learners interested in this growing field. These programs emphasize the integration of interprofessional theory into health professions education, as well as development of evidence-based skills and methods to improve healthcare practices.
Equity-Minded Holistic Admissions Statement
With recognition that access, equity, and inclusion are critical to achieving excellence in health professions education, the College of Health Professions (CHP) is committed to enrolling a diverse body of students who will fulfill CHPs mission and vision to prepare exceptional health professionals and advance optimal health for all through our commitment to health equity, community engagement, wellness, and discovery.
Through an equity-minded, holistic admissions review process, programs consider a blend of applicant experiences, personal attributes, and prior academic accomplishments in evaluating an applicant's potential future contributions to the educational environment of the degree program. The admission review process recognizes that systemic inequalities can impact educational opportunities and outcomes, and seeks to address these disparities by valuing diverse forms of excellence.
Across the College, admission criteria and processes are established and assessed to ensure equity and inclusivity. Defined, comprehensive, program-specific selection criteria are linked with College and Program missions, implemented across all phases of the admissions cycle, contextualized and applied equitably to develop a holistic understanding of each applicant’s unique journey and potential.