The College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of health disciplines. The entry-level degree programs prepare the student for initial entry into clinical or health-related practice and provide a solid foundation for further education. The curricula include rigorous academic preparation and most programs include extensive field experience at selected facilities. The graduate programs prepare students for advanced practice in the health care disciplines and to assume leadership roles in practice, education, and research. The faculty of the CNHS is committed to excellence in teaching, the conduct of research that extends knowledge and contributes to the science of each discipline, and public service to improve the health of citizens of state, national, and global communities.

The following entry-level degree programs are offered: Bachelor of Science degree programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders; Exercise Science; Public Health Sciences; Medical Laboratory Science; Medical Radiation Sciences; and Nursing. A post-baccalaureate program in Medical Laboratory Science to prepare students with a degree in another field to sit for the national certification exam is offered through Professional and Continuing Education. Professional and Continuing Education also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders that prepares students to practice as speech-language pathology assistants, and a post-baccalaureate certificate program that prepares students to enter a master's degree program. 

A Master of Science degree is offered by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department; and a Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree is offered by the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences. Minors in Medical Diagnostics, Global Public Health, and Public Health, Equity, and Advocacy are also available. The Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science offers a Master of Science in Physical Activity and Wellness Science, an entry-level Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, and a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy; as well as a minor in Integrative Health, a minor in Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching, and a minor in Emergency Medical Services. The Nursing Department offers a direct entry master's degree program for college graduates with a non-nursing background; a doctoral program (D.N.P.) in Primary Care for practice as either a Family or Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, and a direct entry D.N.P. program. The Executive Nurse Leader credential may be achieved through the D.N.P program. Post-graduate certificates in nursing are also available. The College also offers a doctoral degree in Interprofessional Health Sciences.

Certificates in Integrative Health and Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching are offered through Professional and Continuing Education. 

Graduates of baccalaureate-level professional programs are eligible to sit for the appropriate licensure examination and enter practice or go on to other health-related fields. All of the professional programs needing accreditation and/or state approval for licensure eligibility have achieved and maintained such status.