Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences

Med student Sean Lenihan receives his white coat

Physics of Medicine Program Prepares, Inspires Future Doctor

Sean Lenihan was in elementary school when Rockhurst University Professor Nancy Donaldson started the Physics of Medicine degree at Rockhurst.

It was 2008 and Donaldson wanted to broaden students’ understanding of physics with curriculum relevant to their interest in medicine and healthcare. She started the program with the specific intention to make physics accessible, applicable and relatable to students outside of a physics Ph.D. pathway.
Kaitlin Doyle is an occupational therapist in Grain Valley, Missouri

OT-MBA Grad Thrives in Career by Turning Opportunities into Action

Some students go to college undecided on a major, and that’s just fine. Others, like 2016 Rockhurst graduate Kaitlin Doyle, know exactly what they want to do.

Doyle’s mother grew up as a child of a deaf adult (CODA) and Kaitlin had an uncle who had cerebral palsy and spent a lot of time in therapy. She saw how her grandparents took care of him and guided him through everyday tasks.

That sparked her interest in the field of occupational therapy.
Donna Gardner teaches during a class for medical assistant students

Saint Luke's College Opening Doors for High School Students to Pursue a Future in Healthcare

​A new pilot program at Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is opening career doors as early as high school for some future Kansas City healthcare heroes.

Through a partnership with Rockhurst University and KC Prep to benefit Allen Village High School students, an opportunity now exists for 5-7 students to be chosen during their junior year to participate in the program.
Rockhurst OT, SLP students at Operation Breakthrough Kansas City

Rockhurst Students, Operation Breakthrough Mutually Benefit from Partnership

In 2019, Rockhurst began a service-learning partnership with Operation Breakthrough, the largest early learning center in the Kansas City region.

Under the agreement, Rockhurst occupational therapy and speech-language pathology students work with some of the hundreds of kids at Operation Breakthrough, learning how to properly evaluate children and provide intervention.


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