Office of the President

Dr. Richard Nielsen

President's Welcome:

Welcome to the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (Noorda-COM. I invite you to browse our website to see the possibilities and the benefits that are part of the Noorda-COM learning experience.


Our mission is to empower our students with the essential personal and professional skills they need to be competent, confident, and compassionate osteopathic physicians dedicated to fulfilling our mission and to meeting the near and distant healthcare challenges of the communities in which they will serve. Here you will find the leadership, faculty and staff committed to your success and a blended curricular model that pioneers the integration of technology and directed, personal academic guidance and advancement, putting you at the epi-center of this previously uncharted medical education enlightenment.

The medical academic journey we have embarked upon will positively and significantly impact lives and effect change with millions of people throughout the world in a myriad of ways that we cannot fully envision at this time.


We welcome you to the Noorda-COM family and to the transformational changes, experiences and opportunities that await you!



Dr. Richard P. Nielsen 

Founding President/CEO



Dr. Nielsen served in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps for over 20 years as a Physical Therapist and Clinical Electrophysiologist with degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. During his time in the Navy, Dr. Nielsen held several esteemed positions, including the Physical Therapy and Clinical Electrophysiologist Consultant to the Surgeon General, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, Pentagon, and White House.


While in the Navy, Dr. Nielsen received his Master of Science degree in Neurokinesiology (Neurophysiology) from the University of Washington and following retirement attained a Doctorate in Health Science, with an emphasis in Clinical Electrophysiology from the University of St. Augustine in Florida. He co-founded and served as the Founding President/CEO of The Institute of Clinical Electrophysiology before becoming Founding President/CEO of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. He is a board certified electromyographer, servant-leader, and humanitarian.


President Nielsen has more than a 30-year legacy of international service work and co-founded a humanitarian foundation known as World of Difference with his wife, Jodi. More than 25 primary and secondary schools have been built for underserved children in different African countries and clean water wells have been installed and permaculture and other sustainability initiatives have been implemented.

Dr. Nielsen has received several recognitions in the medical community, including the National Leader of the Year Award (2015) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2004) from the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award (2013), and the Healthcare Hero for Healthcare Education Award from Utah Business Magazine (2019).