May 17, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Samson College of Health Sciences

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The Samson College of Health Sciences provides six educational options. The mission of the Samson College of Health Sciences at USciences is to:

  • Ensure high-quality standards in educational programs.
  • Develop faculty expertise and excellence in areas of teaching, research and/or scholarly activities, and service.
  • Assist students in acquiring the scientific and technological knowledge, competencies, and skills required for successful practice and advancement in their chosen profession.
  • Provide an education that prepares students intellectually, culturally, and ethically for their professional and personal lives.
  • Create an environment that fosters student-centered learning and living, as well as respect for individuals from diverse cultures.
  • Cultivate a commitment to service for professionals and the community. Develop new academic programs consistent with the University’s vision.
  • Continually improve student learning and program quality through systematic assessment and quality improvements. Create, implement, and promote programs and treatments that maximize individual function in daily life.
  • Create and disseminate new knowledge and skills in selected areas of inquiry in the health sciences.

The Samson College of Health Sciences educational options are:

  • BS in Exercise Physiology—This bachelor’s degree program combines a foundation in natural and social sciences with a concentration on clinical exercise physiology and training for athletic performance.
  • BS in Health Science—The bachelor’s degree in health science has two purposes: to offer an opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills in a chosen aspect of healthcare and to serve as the academic foundation for occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies or other health profession programs.
  • Occupational Therapy—The Department offers a clinical doctorate (drOT) and a Master’s in occupational therapy (MOT).  Students may enter a six-year program that provides an accelerated pathway via a bachelor’s degree in health sciences (BSHS) into the clinical doctorate of occupational therapy (DrOT).  Those students who hold a baccalaureate degree may enter into the three-year DrOT program or into the 2 1/2–year MOT program.
  • Physical Therapy—The Department offers a clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT).  Students may enter as freshmen and complete a six-year program, or enter after earning a bachelor’s degree and finish the DPT in three years.  Freshman students will earn both a bachelor’s in health sciences as well as a DPT at the conclusion of six years. 
  • Physician Assistant Studies Undergraduate—This five-year program of study leads to a BS in Biomedical Sciences and a Master’s in Physician Studies (MSPAS). A two-year program is offered for individuals with Bachelor’s degrees who enroll in the MSPAS program.

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