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Aegis Therapies and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Announce Scholarship Recipients

FORT SMITH, Ark., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Aegis Therapies and its partner in advanced education, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) in Provo, Utah, announced today the second group of Aegis therapists who have been selected to receive a scholarship to Rocky Mountain University's transitional physical and occupational therapy doctorate program.

Aegis is one of the country's largest contract rehabilitation therapy providers, serving more than 1,000 long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals and other locations in 38 states. RMUoHP offers comprehensive post-professional education programs for therapists motivated to pursue doctorate degrees.

"We are pleased that Aegis has continued its support for advanced education by awarding scholarships again this semester to select employees who are motivated to grow in their profession and receive a post-professional education," said Stan Hartgraves, Vice President of Academic Affairs for RMUoHP. "The first scholarship recipients have been very successful in their academic work, and we look for an equally favorable experience with the second group. We are proud to be able to work again with Aegis to provide this opportunity for professional growth to their employees."

The RMUoHP curriculum is designed to provide practicing clinicians with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors commensurate with contemporary evidence-based practice and education standards. The RMUoHP program prepares professionals for leadership roles in healthcare, academia, and research.

The selection committee at Aegis chose six employees to receive scholarships from among a pool of impressive and well-qualified applicants. Scholarship recipients will be enrolled in either the transitional doctor of physical therapy (DPT) or the transitional doctor of occupational therapy (OTD) degree program in February.

Aegis employees who received scholarships for the DPT program are: Mary Brown, Trussville, Ala.; Steve Schowengerdt, Independence, Mo.; and Donna Diedrich, Fort Mill, S.C.

Scholarship recipients for the OTD program are: Rebecca Wold, Rapid City, S.D., Oroo Oyioka, Springdale, Ark.; and Candace Thompson, Westwood Hills, Ks.

"We are excited and proud to introduce this second class of occupational and physical therapists from Aegis Therapies as they embark on a 10-month journey towards a transitional doctorate degree," said Martha Schram, President of Aegis Therapies. "The feedback from the first class of students who enrolled in the program this past fall has been extremely positive so we have decided to continue and expand the program."

Future plans for continued education opportunities are being developed as Aegis Therapies will sponsor seminars with RMUoHP's prestigious faculty. Aegis Therapies' evidence-based practice will compliment the clinical research conducted by RMUoHP. This research will contribute greatly to the industry, to therapists and most importantly to patients.

About Aegis Therapies

Aegis Therapies is one of the largest and most successful contract rehabilitation companies in the country, with operations at more than 1,000 locations in 38 states, and more than 6,000 employees. Aegis specializes in therapy that is needed by nursing home, assisted living or home-bound patients with medically complex conditions. Aegis programs are structured around an older-adult Model of Care, and include Freedom Through Functionality, a strength-training program featuring specially modified Nautilus equipment. Aegis has invested in the infrastructure, employee support and training to effectively measure and quantify therapy impact. The focus on positive, measurable outcomes and clinical excellence helps older patients achieve more independence through physical, occupational and speech therapy. For more information, visit the Aegis Web site at

About Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

RMUoHP offers post-graduate degrees in healthcare, including doctoral programs for athletic trainers, physical therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, and other healthcare providers and educators. RMUoHP's programs follow a unique, non-traditional model that enables students to complete advanced degrees without relocating. Curricula emphasize specialized education in advanced clinical, research, and academic areas. For more information about RMUoHP, visit the Web site at

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