Student Spotlight

Natalie Pratt, OMS II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Utah.
  • Clubs and Activities: President of SAMOPS, event coordinator for ACOEP, and member of ACOP and SAACOFP.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVUCOM because of its excellent reputation of top board scores in the nation. A nice bonus for...
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Faculty Spotlight

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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Profile

Julie Kasperski, MSc, MAT, HBSc, BHSc-PA (CCPA)

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Program

jkasperski@rvu.edu • (720) 875-2872
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FD-03


Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Honors and Awards | Biographical Information


Education


  • Bachelor of Health Science – Physician Assistant
    McMaster University
    Hamilton, ON
    2010-2012
  • Master of Art in Teaching
    The Citadel
    Charleston, SC
    2001-2003
  • Master of Science
    Clinical Laboratory Science
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Charleston, SC
    1997-1999
  • Honours Bachelor of Science
    Medical Laboratory Science
    Lakehead University
    Thunder Bay, ON
    1994-1996
  • Diploma
    Medical Laboratory Technology
    Mohawk College
    Hamilton, ON
    1991-1994

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Professional Experience


  • 2018 – Present: Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
    Rocky Vista University
  • 2015 – 2017: Physician Assistant
    Hamilton Health Sciences
  • 2013 – 2017: Lecturer
    McMaster University
  • 2012 – 2015: Physician Assistant
    Beech Tree Medical Centre
  • 2004 – 2008: Lecturer
    University of Western Ontario
  • 2003 – 2004: Director of Educational Development
    Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science
  • 2002 – 2003: Medical Technologist
    American Red Cross
  • 1999 – 2002: Medical Technologist
    Medical University of South Carolina
  • 1997 – 1998: Medical Technologist
    Washington Hospital Center
  • 1996 – 1997: Medical Technologist
    Egleston Children’s Health Care Center

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Certifications and Licenses


  • ACLS (2017)
  • Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (2012)
  • Medical Technologist, ASCP (1996)
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist, CSMLS (1994)

 

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Honors and Awards


  • National Honour Society
    Phi Kappa Phi
  • International Honour Society in Education
    Kappa Delta Pi

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Biographical Information


Julie is originally from Ontario, Canada but has lived in the United States for years. She has acquired several degrees: a Bachelor of Health Science – Physician Assistant degree from McMaster University; a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Lakeland University; a Master of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Medical University of South Carolina; and, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from The Citadel.

She worked as a medical technologist for years, focusing on transfusion medicine, hematology, microbiology, and chemistry laboratories. She lectured for Western University in its physiology and pharmacology program. Upon receiving her PA certification, she practiced in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and pediatric medicine. She has also been an adjunct faculty at McMaster University in the PA program. Julie brings clinical knowledge and teaching skills to the new PA program.

Julie has 11-year-old twin boys and four dogs (two boxers and two pugs). They have recently moved to Colorado in order to join the RVU family.

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