RMC acquires new building for Physician Assistant Studies program
BILLINGS, Mont., February 19, 2020 – Rocky Mountain College announced today that it has purchased a new building to house its Master of Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program. The building, located at 2411 Village Lane, will house the entirety of the PA program including its academic, administrative, and clinical functions. The building will facilitate the expansion of the PA program from 36 to 48 students, which was approved last spring by the program’s accreditor. The incoming Class of 2020 will be the first cohort to occupy the new facility, beginning in July.
With over 8,400 square feet, the facility will include a lecture hall, a conference room, eight medical exam rooms, lab spaces, a student lounge, an ER training laboratory, and faculty and administrative offices. The College plans to begin renovating the building this spring. Renovations will include installing technology for advanced wireless connectivity, modernizing the facility, creating the classroom space, and updating instructional equipment.
“This is an exciting time for our program and the medical community that supports us. Approximately 50 percent of our graduates choose to stay in the region, and the expansion should translate into more access to health care in our rural communities,” said Program Director, Adam Mattingly. “New technologies and innovations are rapidly changing how medical education is delivered. This new, state-of-the-art facility will help us maintain the high standards and quality that students expect from our program.”
The College’s PA program boasts a national reputation for the exceptional quality of its faculty and graduates. And the program continues to fulfill its founding vision: To excel as a center of health care education dedicated to providing medical services to the underserved and rural populations of this intermountain region. Last summer’s white coat graduation ceremony marked the 21-year anniversary of the Physician Assistant program at Rocky Mountain College.