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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED 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:

  • BSHS in Exercise Science and Wellness Management—This bachelor’s degree program combines a foundation in natural and social sciences with concentration on exercise as a science and management of an individual’s total wellness.
  • 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—This is a six-year program, which 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 four-year DrOT program or into the 2 1/2–year MOT program.
  • Physical Therapy—This six-year program of study leads to a bachelor’s degree in health science and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT). A three-year program is also offered for individuals with bachelor’s degrees who enroll in the DPT program.
  • Physician Assistant Studies Undergraduate—This program is offered collaboratively with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and the graduate professional physician assistant program at University of the Sciences. USciences offers a pre-professional phase of three years, leading to a bachelor’s degree in health science. Further study at PCOM or in the USciences graduate professional program leads to an MS in physician assistant studies.
  • Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program—This three-year program offers a master’s degree in physician assistant studies (MSPAS). 


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