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College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in Athletic Training, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counseling, Exercise Science, Nursing, Nutrition, Physician Assistant Studies, Psychology, Public Administration, and Social Work. Additionally we boast state-of-the-art athletic facilities, a Human Physiology Laboratory, and a Speech and Hearing Clinic.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Health and Human Services is to educate undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in an atmosphere of respect, individuality, and flexibility for best collaborative practices to address current and emerging health and human service needs in a multicultural, interdependent/global environment, and to promote nationally, as well as internationally, recognized scholarship and service.

Areas of Study

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to increase the student’s understanding of the importance of communication as the basis for all human relationships and to prepare students to be professionals who work with individuals with communication delays, differences, and disorders across the lifespan.  The program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


The Nursing Department curriculum encompasses those aspects of health care, which assist practitioners to identify human health conditions and to diagnose and treat health problems. The department advocates quality health care, teaching practices, and behaviors that reflect the values congruent with the ethical practice of nursing. Essential values include altruism, equality, aesthetics, freedom, human dignity, justice, and truth.

Nutrition, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science

The Department of Nutrition, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science includes several accredited programs. The Didactic Program in Nutrition prepares a student to become a Registered Dietician. The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), which leads to the Athletic Training certified credential. The Exercise Science Program, as well as the Nutrition and Wellness, are included in this department. The combined department also offers a Master of Science degree in Nutrition as well as a Master of Science degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Physician Assistant Program

The Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Marywood University is committed to exceptional education in a supportive and nurturing environment, providing the knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients in a variety of settings across the lifespan. We acknowledge that every patient is more than just their physical body; therefore the Program is dedicated to teaching the students to appreciate the patients’ spirit as well as caring for their body. There is an emphasis on the importance of sharing knowledge with future PA students, while providing leadership within the community and promoting the PA profession. Every student will develop as both a professional and as a leader throughout their educational career. The Marywood Physician Assistant Program has awareness of the need for quality health care, both regionally and globally, as each student is prepared to deal with the changing health care environment.

Psychology and Counseling

The Department of Psychology and Counseling provides a range of programs at the bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral levels
designed to serve the interests and professional orientations of varied human service practitioners.

The Psychology Program trains students to become scientists who utilize empirical thinking to understand and heal people at every stage of their development. An undergraduate degree in Psychology prepares students for various career options and is essential preparation for advanced degrees in Psychology. Students also have the option to select a dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

The department has a long tradition of preparing professionals for service in the educational setting. Educational Specialist certificates and/or degree programs are available in pre-K-12 school counseling; post-master’s certification in elementary and secondary school counseling; and school psychology. Those interested in a broader area of service may consider the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an applied emphasis in diverse settings or Master of Arts in Psychology. Other psychology degree options are available for those who wish to develop a systematic understanding of human behavior for purposes of self-enrichment, pre-doctoral preparation, and other related purposes. Finally, a doctoral program leading to the Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) degree is offered.

Social Work 

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at Marywood University is a professional degree program that prepares students for beginning, entry-level professional practice. The program provides educational experiences designed to assure the acquisition of knowledge, values, ethics, and skills necessary to be a generalist practitioner. The BSW program develops practitioners who are committed to social and economic justice, and who are able to take action with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations. The program prepares students for responsible leadership and service in meeting human needs.

The Master of Social Work Program is designed to prepare graduates for advanced social work practice. It is a 60-credit course curriculum accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program offers flexibility of part-time and full-time programs. In addition, the program is offered at four locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Advanced standing is available for B.S.W. graduates. Our students become practitioners who are resourceful, culturally and ethically competent, and committed to social justice.


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