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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Currently selected majors have opportunities for
international educational and service learning experiences in Jamaica, Mexico
Graduate Education, PhD, MA, MS,
- 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
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” - John Dewey
Tina F. Whalen, EdD, DPT, MPA, PT
College of Allied Health Sciences