NWCCU approves Rocky Mountain College’s first doctoral program

Rocky Mountain College’s Provost and Academic Vice President, Dr. Stephen Germic, announced to faculty and staff on Thursday that the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities approved and accredited the College’s plan to begin a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program, effective January 2019.

“The OTD program will not only meet a rising need for occupational therapy professionals in our region,” said Dr. Germic, “it will also be the first doctoral program offered in the long and distinguished history of Rocky Mountain College.”

RMC President Dr. Robert Wilmouth added that the establishment of the OTD program is “a great step forward in Rocky’s efforts to improve the human condition in Billings and the surrounding area.”

The OTD curriculum will require 115 credit hours to be completed over three academic years. This spring, RMC will start enrolling students for the term beginning in January of 2019.

Dr. Twylla Kirchen, OTR/L, was appointed founding director of the OTD program. Dr. Kirchen received her Ph.D. in occupational therapy from Texas Women’s University and also holds a master of science degree in the field from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She joins Rocky Mountain College after serving as director of the occupational therapy program at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The program will be located on the top floor of RMC’s new Charles Morledge Science Building.



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