The commitment, along with a significant investment by Wasatch Educational, which owns Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, will fund construction and the operations of the college. To be named the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine, the school, which is expected to open in 2021, will enroll a hundred and fifty students a year over its first four years and a hundred and seventy-five thereafter, with the goal of addressing a growing shortage of physicians in the state. According to the Utah Medical Association Council, the state will need approximately three hundred and seventy-five new physicians a year to meet Utahns' medical needs.
The college will be affiliated with Rocky Mountain University, although the two institutions will be overseen by separate and independent boards. Subject to the approval of the Provo Municipal Council, the Wastach Educational proposal calls for the school to be built on twenty-four acres of land currently zoned as a golf course and for the RMUHP campus to be relocated next to NCOM starting in 2024.
"We are honored to partner with the Noorda Foundation and our other partners to bring Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine to Utah County," said Wasatch Educational president Michael Skurja. "We believe the medical school will inspire and motivate local students to pursue a career in medicine and provide a community choice for those already committed to a medical career while providing an increase in the quality of life for the people of Utah. It should also attract people to Utah County from other states and countries who are interested in becoming physicians."