Sunday, August 26, 2012

Phelps, Zuccarelli Awarded VNA Scholarships

Congratulations to Lindsey Phelps (PT '14) and Jordan Zuccarelli (PT '14) for being the 2012 Rockhurst PT recipients of $2,000 scholarships awarded by the Visiting Nurse Association of Kansas City. Lindsey and Jordan were honored, along with recipients from other Kansas City area healthcare education programs, at a reception at the Visiting Nurse Association's Kansas City headquarters on August 23, 2012.

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) was Kansas City's first home health care agency. Established in 1891, VNA provides quality multi-disciplinary home health care to residents of Kansas City and the surrounding metropolitan area.

VNA established two scholarships in summer 2010 to support nontraditional students in the Rockhurst PT program who are pursuing a career change by entering the physical therapy program. The scholarships are designed to support the students as they change careers and to encourage consideration of home health therapy as an employment option after graduation. VNA will continue to award two $2,000 scholarships annually to qualified students in the Rockhurst physical therapy program.

Congratulations to Lindsey and Jordan for not only receiving the scholarships, but also for choosing to pursue careers in physical therapy.

Lindsey Phelps (L) and Jordan Zuccarelli (R)
were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship
from the Visiting Nurse Association

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rockhurst Launches Dual Physical Therapy and Business Degree

Rockhurst University is adding a degree program that is only the second of its kind in the nation. Rockhurst’s Department of Physical Therapy Education and the Helzberg School of Management are proud to announce the creation of a dual Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Business Administration program (DPT/MBA).

The new and fully integrated dual-degree program was designed to give Rockhurst graduates the competitive edge they needed to meet the emerging demands of the health care industry.

Brian McKiernan, PT, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Physical Therapy Education, said more physical therapists are starting private practices without necessarily having the knowledge they need to fully succeed in a small business. In addition, many therapists are taking leadership roles within hospitals and other healthcare companies and could benefit from additional exposure to business fundamentals.

“Healthcare is changing so much that you often need two skillsets, especially if you are working in a leadership position,” McKiernan said.  “This dual-degree program will help further enhance what are already areas of strength within our PT program and the Helzberg School of Management.”

The new program’s curriculum was designed to help those students who want to run their own clinic, take on leadership roles for larger health systems or help create future legislation for the medical industry – all the while gaining the clinical and business skills they need to succeed.

Many of the business courses in the program center on issues in the health care industry. Students will be introduced to Medicare and Medicaid regulations as well as health care policy and politics. They will also become well versed in marketing tactics for the healthcare industry.

“Rockhurst University has positioned itself right at the forefront of a growing trend,” said Martin Stack, Ph.D., professor of management for the Herzberg School of Management. “More and more dual-degree programs with an emphasis on the healthcare industry are emerging. I think that this is a view of where the future is going. At this stage, Rockhurst offers a unique program that will give physical therapists a competitive edge.”

More information about the new dual-degree program can be found on the DPT/MBA Overview page of the Rockhurst web site.