Earning your B.S. in Nursing (BSN) while preparing for RN licensure will not only increase your credibility and earning power, but will also open doors to careers only available to BSN holders. Why? Because the B.S. in Nursing curriculum teaches much more than clinical skills. As a BSN holder, you will also possess the communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills that healthcare organizations are seeking. Our freshman-entry program is specifically designed for students who are committed to a career in nursing and want to stay ahead of the curve.
Complete the Health Science track within the Health Studies program and become immersed in the relationship between lifestyle and health with courses in medical terminology, human aging, alternative and complementary health therapies, and more. Engage in exciting research projects with faculty members and practice skills in diverse health-related settings through internship and experiential courses. Our graduates have gone on to become medical doctors, physician assistants, nurses, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, athletic trainers, and more.
Specialize in Fitness and Wellness or Public Health and gain an interdisciplinary and comprehensive understanding of ways in which lifestyles choices can affect health. You will hone the analytical skills needed to evaluate health issues and policies through internships and fieldwork with various agencies and corporations while working toward becoming a health educator who promotes awareness of diverse health issues in the community.
Students interested in obtaining a K-12 teaching certification may major in Health and Physical Education with an endorsement in K-12 Education in Health and Physical Education. You will complete courses in areas of motor learning, coaching, methods of teaching secondary physical education and health, and more. Extensive clinical experiences and immersion in modern curriculum and pedagogical practices will prepare you to be an outstanding educator.
Prepare for a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) through rigorous coursework and clinical clerkships over the course of 7 semesters. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving health care access and quality.
PAs’ specific duties depend on the setting in which they work, their level of experience, their specialty, and state laws. Generally, PAs can take medical histories; conduct physical exams; diagnose and treat illness; order and interpret tests; develop treatment plans; prescribe medication; counsel on preventive care; perform procedures; assist in surgery; make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes; and do clinical research.
This graduate program prepares you to enter the rewarding PA profession, which is one of the fastest growing in the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the profession will increase 31 percent from 2018 to 2028, significantly faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for PAs is so high that three quarters of PAs receive multiple job offers upon graduation. https://www.aapa.org/what-is-a-pa/
Our hands-on Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program prepares you to help patients achieve the highest level of independence with their daily living activities. You will take a deep dive into topics such as rehabilitation, health promotion and wellness, and business models in health care while conducting immersive fieldwork in hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, and more. Then, showcase your abilities as a practitioner by completing and presenting your doctoral capstone before sitting for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
Choose between the 22-credit School Nursing or 15-credit School Nursing Non-Instructional endorsement programs, or pursue the 24-credit Forensic Nursing certificate. The Forensic Nursing certificate will prepare you to work in a variety of areas including child/elder abuse, domestic violence intervention, sexual assault examination, and death investigation. The School Nursing or School Nursing Non-Instructional endorsements will prepare you to act as health advocates for school-age children.