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    Rockhurst University
  Dec 17, 2017
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Health and Human Services

Undergraduate Programs

Academic Administration

 Dean   Jennifer Friend, Ph.D.
 Associate Dean   Kris Vacek, O.T.D.
Director of Advising   Terry Forge, B.P.S.
 Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders   Katherine Ermgodts, M.A.
Chair, Department of Education   Mary Pat Shelledy, Ed.S.
Chair, Exercise and Sport Science   Janet Kupperman, Ed.D.

Mission Statement

The Rockhurst University College of Health and Human Services offers a variety of baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degrees. Participation in these degree programs prepares students to continue to develop knowledge and skills, foster inquiry and serve others in accordance with the Rockhurst University Mission and in their chosen profession.

Graduates from the College of Health and Human Services are well prepared to lead lives as vibrant men and women who are committed to lifelong education, professional leadership and community service in the Jesuit tradition.

Core Values

The College of Health and Human Services Core Values of Education in the Jesuit tradition are:

  • promoting analytical skills and critical thinking
  • facilitating leadership skill development
  • advocating for social justice
  • promoting life-long learning
  • forging partnerships within the community
  • developing cultural competence
  • developing ethical perspectives

Undergraduate Studies in the College of Health and Human Services

Consistent with the Jesuit mission, the College of Health and Human Services undergraduate programs integrate broad based liberal arts curriculum with specialized professional education to prepare students to serve as leaders in their chosen discipline. All undergraduate programs in the school prepare students for future study in health and human services.

The College of Health and Human Services grants the Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Secondary Education; the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Exercise and Sport Science. The College offers undergraduate minors in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education, and Sport Management. Refer to the Degrees Offered section of the catalog to identify those degrees and minors available.

Graduate Programs in the College of Health and Human Services

At the graduate level, the College grants the Doctor of Physical Therapy, the Master of Education, the Master of Occupational Therapy and the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. (See the graduate section of the Catalog for information on these graduate programs and for information on graduate admissions, academic and  administrative policies, and financial aid).

Academic, Enrollment, and Administrative Policies

The College of Health and Human Services welcomes new and transfer students. Undergraduate students in the College of Health and Human Services abide by the same rules as all other undergraduate students at the university. Please refer to the Undergraduate Academic and Administrative Policies section of this catalog for specific details.

Undergraduate Academic Advising

The College of Health and Human Services Director of Advising assists students by providing program information, initial credit evaluations, and course pre-registration. Undergraduate students must be advised every semester prior to pre-registration for the following semester. Students who attend school in the evening or who declare a major housed in the College of Health and Human Services are advised by either the Director of Academic Advising or by a faculty member.