A Message From the Dean
Welcome to the College of Allied Health Sciences!
The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) at UC offers state of the art programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dietetics and Nutrition, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Advanced Medical Imaging, Health Sciences, Health Information Management, Health Administration, Health Informatics, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy and Social Work.
CAHS offers a welcoming and nurturing community designed to encourage the intellectual and social development of our students. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to prepare our students to not only excel in their chosen careers, but also to lead and serve others.
The college’s undergraduate experience begins with a rich foundation during the freshman year to embark on the development of core competencies in critical thinking, communication and social responsibility. Students are assigned a professional academic advisor and a faculty advisor. It is our belief that advising is the cornerstone for retention and that it is extremely important for each student to meet with their advisor regularly and take advantage of the exceptional advising/mentoring available in the college.
The CAHS undergraduate experience includes:
First Year Experience
- A two-course freshman seminar series focusing on the successful transitioning into college taught by college faculty, assisted by upperclassmen.
- Learning Communities (LCs) – small groups of students in the same major who are enrolled in the same section of 2 or more required courses. LCs are designed to help you make connections and build relationships with the other students as well as the faculty in your major.
- Service Learning (SL) – student service and engagement in the community is linked with course learning outcomes. Many of our students continue their involvement with their service learning site throughout their undergraduate course of study.
Mid-collegiate Touch Point
- In the fall of the junior year, the entire undergraduate class will meet conference style to explore a professional health related topic with faculty from the entire college.
Undergraduate Research Experience
- Each year upper division students participate in the college’s annual student research conference, Presentation of Research and Innovative/Scholarly Endeavors (PRaISE), where they present their research and/or scholarly activity for the year. The presentation may be a poster or oral presentation.
- Finally, in the senior year, students complete an exciting culminating capstone internship experience, research project, or portfolio. The capstone works to synthesize and showcase the students’ entire undergraduate experience and provides documentation for job and/or graduate school applications.
International Learning Opportunities Available
- Currently selected majors have opportunities for international educational and service learning experiences in Jamaica, Mexico and Nicaragua.
Graduate Education, PhD, MA, MS, DPT
- The College of Allied Health Sciences offers a variety of graduate programs. Graduate students receive personal advising and mentoring by professors in their selected program who are supportive of each individual’s career goals.
- Our college has a community of scholars who believe in the power of innovative interdisciplinary education and research. Research is helping to build and sustain the knowledge base in disciplines and provides evidence to support practice.
- Research and scholarly work provide students and faculty the ability to study all aspects of a topic or problem, put all ideas together (even conflicting ones), and package and disseminate them so they are more easily understood by others. Graduate students work with faculty and participate in disseminating scholarly activity through articles, peer reviewed journals and our graduate and undergraduate symposium, PRaISE (Presentation of Research and Innovative/Scholarly Endeavors).
Finally, our fondest hope would be that students become proud graduates of the College of Allied Health Sciences and leaders in their fields as one of our alumni.
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” -John Dewey
Tina F. Whalen, EdD, DPT, MPA, PT
College of Allied Health Sciences