College of Health and Human Services

Interim Dean: Lori E. Swanchak, Ph.D., PA-C

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 and internationally recognized community service and scholarship.

Areas of Study

Nutrition, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science Programs

The Department of Nutrition, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science includes several accredited programs. The 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 track, 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 providing students with an exceptional education in a supportive and nurturing environment and is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). This professional education will include the knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients in a variety of settings across the lifespan. We acknowledge that patients are more than their physical body, so the program is dedicated to teaching the students the appreciation of the patients’ spirit, as well as caring for their body. The Program is committed to preparing the student to deal with the changing health care environment while promoting the PA profession. The Marywood University PA Program has an awareness of the need for quality health care, both regionally and globally, and this program will assist our students in carrying out Marywood’s goal for all students — learning to live and practice responsibly in an interdependent world.

Psychology and Counseling Programs

The Department of Psychology and Counseling provides a range of programs designed to serve the interests and professional orientations of varied human service practitioners. The Psy.D. Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Marywood has been involved in the preparation of psychologist counselors, and other mental health professionals for over 50 years.

School of Social Work

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/leaders who are resourceful, culturally and ethically competent, and committed to social justice.

Speech-Language Pathology Program

The Speech-Language Pathology Program is designed to provide students with a variety of academic coursework and clinical practicum experiences, according to the standards set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), to prepare them, from a family-centered perspective, for professional careers as speech-language pathologists, serving children and adults who have communication disorders. This program is also accredited by ASHA.