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The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

Thomas Masterson, Ph.D., Dean

Greg Zimmerman, Ed.D., Associate Dean

HP 2217, 989-774-1850

Associated Designators: HNS, HPS

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
School of Health Sciences
Department of Physical Education and Sport
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences

The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions is dedicated to the development of professionals who contribute to a healthy society.

The faculty, in the respective programs, are committed to providing learning opportunities to students aspiring to enter careers in healthcare, wellness, teaching or sport management. The faculty and staff are committed to fostering student and community-centered education, and to training future professionals who are knowledgeable, competent, ethical, and caring with a strong commitment to human service.

Areas of Study

The College supports five departments and an interdisciplinary major. The College offers majors and minors leading to a Bachelor’s degree, and advanced programs leading to a Master’s or Doctoral degree. All programs are designed to be comprehensive and include all the academic and clinical/practical components required to prepare students for a rewarding career. The majority of CHP programs are reviewed and accredited by their specialized accrediting organization. The respective programs provide the educational elements that then allow students to challenge a certification and/or licensure exam upon graduation. Additionally, programs include training in communication, collaboration, multicultural competence, critical thinking, inter-professional education, basic sciences, social sciences, clinical/professional skills, and professional behaviors. Internships/clerkships/practicums are an integral element of the majority of programs within the College. These experiential learning opportunities often require students to submit to a background check and verify immunization status. It is the student’s responsibility to insure that any legal issues (civil infractions, misdemeanors, and felony charges) are avoided that may prevent them from internship/clerkship placement, graduation, certification and/or licensure.

Undergraduate Programs

Majors. Athletic Training, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dietetics, Environmental Health & Safety, Exercise Science (Clinical Exercise Science, Health Fitness or Kinesiology Option), Health Administration, Physical Activity Specialist, Physical Education, Public Health Education, School Health Education, Sport Management. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is offered for current RNs to complete their studies for a bachelor’s degree.

Minors. American Sign Language, Athletic Coaching, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Community Health, Health Fitness, Nutrition, Elementary and Secondary Physical Education, School Health Education, Sport Management, and Substance Abuse Education.

Graduate Programs

The College offers master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology (M.A.), Exercise Physiology (M.S.), Health Administration (M.H.A.), Public Health (M.P.H.), Sport Administration (M.A.), and Physician Assistant (M.S.), Nutrition and Dietetics (M.S.). Doctoral programs include Audiology (Au.D.), Health Administration (DHA), and Physical Therapy (D.P.T.). A health services administration concentration is also available on the Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.) degree. Graduate Certificates are offered in Health Systems Leadership and International Health. Detailed information on graduate programs are available in the Graduate Studies Bulletin, the office of Graduate Studies, department offices, or the CHP Student Service Center at 989-774-2315.

Pre-Professional Studies

CMU offers pre-professional studies in which you take foundation courses for transfer to universities offering such specialties as: dentistry, medical and health sciences, medicine and osteopathy, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine. Contact the CHP Student Service Center at 989-774-2315 or the pre-health CSE advisor at 989-774-7506 for more information. As a reminder, the Pre-Professional Studies are NOT majors or minors. Students are urged to contact an academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss a plan of action.

Residential College

The Health Professions Residential College, located in Emmons Hall, provides unique opportunities for students to carefully examine their interests and career options utilizing tremendous on-site resources. The residential college program offers these distinctive opportunities:

  • Educational programs that enhance your classroom learning and facilitate your professional goals;
  • Opportunity to live with others who have similar career aspirations;
  • A freshman year experience course, HPS 101WI Introduction to the Health Professions, offering interdisciplinary topics;
  • Increased opportunity for career information, advising, internships, professional networking, and information about graduate programs;
  • Formal and informal out of class interactions with faculty;
  • Supplemental instruction sessions and study groups;
  • Co-curricular experiences.

Student Organizations

Numerous organizations exist on campus to support students interested in the programs associated with the College. These groups provide students with opportunities to network, gain additional information on specific disciplines, and experience professional growth. Students are encouraged to contact Get Connected by searching at OrgSync or contact individual departments for specific information.