School of Health Sciences
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
The School of Health Sciences was established in 2000. It was built upon the success of nursing which had a rich history that began in 1953. With the addition of departments in Clinical Laboratory Science in 1984, Physical Therapy in 1993 and Occupational Therapy in 1999, the Division of Nursing expanded in scope and was renamed the School of Health Sciences the following year. In meeting the demand of students desiring more health career options, the Department of Health Care Management was established in 2008, which experienced a quadrupling of its enrollment during the first two years. With university restructuring in 2014, the departments of Exercise Science, Rehabilitation Counseling and a program in Health Administration were added and have contributed to the scholarly endeavors of the faculty. Today, the School of Health Sciences offers exceptional learning opportunities for professional and graduate education via the virtual hospital, the mobile unit, free clinics run by physical therapy and occupational therapy students and study abroad opportunities for its diverse 2000 enrollees. Among its signature programs are clinical doctoral degrees in nursing and physical therapy, and bridges to the PhD in nursing with Duke University. Online and hybrid learning opportunities are provided in clinical laboratory science, health administration, graduate nursing and rehabilitation counseling. The School houses the Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities and has the largest RN to BSN program in North Carolina.
Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in Clinical Laboratory Science, Exercise Physiology, Healthcare Management, and Nursing. The Clinical Laboratory Science program prepares students in laboratory methodologies and related technologies which are essential to the performance of diagnostic, research and forensic investigations. An Internet-based outreach program is offered for the working adult with an MLT background to acquire a bachelor degree.
The Exercise Physiology Program (EXS) prepares students for professional programs such as medicine; physical therapy; graduate study in exercise science sub-disciplines of Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Motor Behavior; and careers in the field of strength and conditioning as well as clinical exercise physiologists. EXS course work emphasizes physiological, biomechanical, and psychological aspects of human function in response to exercise and physical activity.
The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management in the School of Health Sciences is designed to produce graduates prepared to serve in a range of entry-level positions across multiple healthcare settings and careers. The degree will prepare students to use leadership, business, and healthcare management skills as a generalist to plan and coordinate activities in a variety of healthcare related industries. The profession offers flexibility and the potential for advancement with additional experience and further education.
The nursing program has a variety of entry points, including the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN), RN to BSN, Paramedic to BSN and Accelerated BSN programs. The RN to BSN option is offered at seventeen different locations off-campus. The Paramedic to BSN Option is designed to assist those persons certified to practice as Emergency Medical Technician Paramedics/EMTs in obtaining a BSN. Eligible candidates are those persons who have been granted certification by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services or the National Registry. The individual must have one year of experience as an EMT-Paramedic. "The Accelerated option is a thirteen month option designed for persons who have a bachelor degree and have completed pre-requisite courses for the BSN."
At the Graduate level, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees are offered along with Master of Science degrees in Health Administration, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Rehabilitation Counseling. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares nursing leaders for the full accountability of nursing practice. Throughout the program students develop the clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery which significantly impact health care outcomes and have the potential to reduce health disparities. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program offers an innovative and unique curriculum that blends the latest in human patient simulation, virtual learning and community-based clinical learning experiences throughout the curriculum. Students enjoy access to over 200 clinics located in the region and beyond with opportunities for international service learning experiences.
The Master of Healthcare Administration degree prepares students for a broad range of careers in health services management in a dynamic health and healthcare industry. Healthcare administration is a profession that applies a variety of organizational concepts to manage the resources of health facilities. The program seeks to improve the quality of health services by providing a comprehensive graduate education in healthcare administration through excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, and service to the Piedmont triad community.
The Master of Science in Nursing curriculum design is conducive to working adult learner's needs. This 2-year graduate program has two curriculum tracks. One track prepares family nurse practitioners to deliver primary care services. Another track prepares nurse educators to teach in nursing programs. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program offers a 2-year post baccalaureate entry-level master degree. The program's goal is to graduate competitive occupational therapy occupational therapy practitioner with skills in clinical and community practice, research, administration and consumer education.
The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling (MSRC) Program offers an innovative online curriculum that prepares counselors with the advance knowledge, skills, and dispositions to assist individuals with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career and independent living goals. MSRC program provides students with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, sit for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination, and may also pursue the state Professional Counselor licensure (LPC) after graduation. Students have access to internship sites located in state and outside of North Carolina. Graduates employment rates are between 95-100% within three to six months of graduation.