- Sandra O'Donnell, Nursing ~ BSN '02, MSN '06
The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (HAHS) is committed to improving health and other quality of life concerns for all ages. The School offers degree programs in the following: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Community Health Education, Physical Education teaching certification, Recreation, Sport Leadership and Tourism Management and Recreation Therapy. Graduates work in hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, resorts, cruise lines, sport and fitness facilities, campus recreation, and various governmental and nonprofit agencies, among other community settings.
The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate nursing and clinical research professionals through excellence in teaching, scholarship, service and community engagement. Emphasis is placed on educating individuals to improve health outcomes and quality of life in diverse populations. Programs are offered that lead to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing for students in their first college experience and for individuals who are already registered nurses and wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. The purpose of these baccalaureate programs is to prepare generalists who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes with which to practice family-centered professional nursing in a variety of current and emerging health care delivery systems. In addition, the program is designed to provide a foundation for graduate nursing education.
The School of Social Work is dedicated to a course of study and professional preparation that educates students, pursues scholarly inquiry and performs community services in order to promote a strengths approach to social work practice. Such an approach will teach students practice skills that advance the empowerment and well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities as they explore policies and programs to ensure social welfare and quality social work practice. The baccalaureate program of the School (Bachelor of Social Work - BSW) is primarily concerned with the preparation of entry level, generalist social work practitioners, while the Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate program prepares advanced clinical practitioners with a firm foundation in generalist practice. The School's purpose is consistent with the purposes, values and ethics of professional social work and is committed to the disciplined use of a recognized body of knowledge that informs social work practice and contributes to the development of social resources that will enhance the well-being of persons and society.