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College of Health Sciences


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College of Health Sciences

Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center 
855 S. New Street 
West Chester, PA 19383

Dr. Scott Heinerichs 
Dean (interim) 
Phone: 610-436-2825 
Fax: 610-436-2860 

Marge Curran 
Secretary, Dean 
Phone: 610-436-2825 

Melissa Reed 
Associate Dean (interim) 
Phone: 610-436-2825 

Debra Murray 
Budget Manager 
Phone: 610-738-2385 

Amanda Blue 
Outreach Business Manager 
Phone: 610-738-0411 



Communication Sciences and Disorders

The department offers the master of arts degree in communicative disorders. The student may choose a thesis or nonthesis program. Both programs are designed to strengthen the knowledge and skill of the practicing speech clinician, to provide the foundation for further graduate study, and to afford an opportunity to complete requirements toward professional certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Attainment of the master's degree does not necessarily guarantee recommendation for certification

The Communcation Sciences and Disorders program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.

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The Department of Health offers degree programs leading to the master of education in health (M.Ed.) and the master of public health (M.P.H.).

The M.Ed. enriches academic preparation for teaching health education in elementary and secondary schools. A concentration in school health is offered.

The M.P.H. is designed primarily to meet the individual needs of the graduate student pursuing a career in public health, with emphasis in community health, environmental health,and health care management.

The Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).

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The Department of Kinesiology within the College of Health Sciences offers graduate work leading to a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science. This program is designed to enrich academic preparation for graduate work beyond the master’s degree and to prepare students in knowledge, skills, and abilities for working in applied sport performance, clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, adult/corporate fitness, and sport and exercise psychology.

In addition, the department offers a master of public administration degree with a graduate certificate in sport management and athletics. This professional degree focuses on the comprehensive career preparation of practicing athletic and sport managers.

The Kinesiology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE).

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

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The Department of Nursing offers programs leading to the DNP and the Master of Science in Nursing. The M.S. in Nursing (M.S.N.) will offer a choice of instructional focus after completing the eight core component courses in the graduate program: adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or nursing education. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)is a practice-oriented program of study that provides the terminal academic preparation for advanced nursing practice. Graduates of this program will be qualified to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings.

The Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, the Master's degree in Nursing, and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs at West Chester University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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The Department of Nutrition offers the M.S. in Community Nutrition. Designed for registered dietitians, the M.S. in Community Nutrition is a research-focused program that promotes nutritional health and disease prevention with an emphasis on vulnerable communities

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

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Sports Medicine

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program prepares students to become athletic trainers. The program is designed for students with minimal or no knowledge and experience in athletic training. Upon completion of this Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)-accredited program, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination. Upon successful completion of this examination students will become BOC-certified athletic trainers (ATC). Most states use the results from this examination to determine eligibility to practice athletic training and obtain licensure.

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