CHHS students, faculty and alumni are well-prepared to address the real-life challenges people face at home, at school, in the workplace, and in the community. The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the College promotes innovative ways of examining issues, asking questions and seeking solutions to complex problems.
The Department of Kinesiology is a diverse department providing students with knowledge and skills applicable to physical education teacher education, exercise science, sport management, coaching, human performance and fitness, community and school health, and related fields. Courses in each major discipline encourage development of knowledge and application of theories, skills and competencies; critical thinking and problem solving; assessment and evaluation; and a sense of ethical and social responsibility.
The St. Ambrose Nursing Department offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program and a BSN for Registered Nurses (RNs) who can complete their degree while employed. Responding to the community's critical need for highly qualified nursing professionals, approximately 75 percent of St. Ambrose nursing graduates remain and practice in the Quad Cities area.
The St. Ambrose Teacher Education Program (TEP) has received statewide recognition for the quality of its programs and graduates. Majors enjoy a low student-teacher ratio and are assigned faculty mentors to help guide them throughout their education in the teaching field(s) they choose. TEP graduates qualify for Illinois certification after passing Illinois tests and by securing licensure in Iowa.
With 42 percent of Iowa public school principals at age 51 or older, a shortage of qualified administrators in Iowa's public schools is imminent, jeopardizing the state's tradition of educational excellence. To meet this need, St. Ambrose has created a master's degree program based on national standards that addresses the need for qualified administrators in diocesan, public and other private schools. You'll get the knowledge and credentials for the career change or advancement you're seeking.
The Master of Education in Teaching program is designed to enhance the skills and practice of licensed teachers, developing teacher leaders through a standards-based curriculum that requires reflection on professional practice and how it relates to student achievement. The curriculum focuses on professional teaching outcomes as identified by the National Board for Professional Teaching StandardsTM (NBPTS) and the characteristics of effective instruction in the Iowa Core Curriculum.
St. Ambrose offers the only program leading to a registered occupational therapist degree in Iowa. It consists of a minimum of two years of liberal arts education including prerequisites emphasizing biological and social sciences, and three years of professional occupational therapy course requirements and fieldwork. The professional phase of the program is arranged in a life-span format and includes five semesters on campus followed by 24 weeks of full-time field experience. The program also has an Assistive Technology Lab that serves as a resource center for students and offers free services to clients and health care professionals.
Announced in May 2012 as SAU's newest program in the College of Health and Human Services, it is the first of its kind offered in the Quad Cities and western Illinois region.
Students who have a bachelor's degree, successfully completed specific prerequisite classes, and at least 500 hours of health care experience can enroll. During the first 15 monhts of study, accepted students will complete didactic and laboratory classes in subjects including anatomy, pathology, physical examination, and clinical medicine, followed by 12 months of clinical rotations under the supervision of physicians and other specialists in required and elective practice areas of clinical specialization.
Social workers practice in schools, businesses, hospitals, mental health facilities, public welfare and criminal justice agencies–with a host of emerging employment settings likely to develop in the coming years. The future employment outlook is strong for social workers. Three programs to complete the MSW are available depending on the time frame students need to complete the degree: standard full-time, part-time, and advanced standing.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, an additional 26,000 speech language pathologists will be needed to fill positions in schools and clinics between 2002 and 2012. Students in the Master of Speech Language Pathology program at St. Ambrose learn to work as part of a comprehensive health care and education team, preparing them to collaborate with other health care and educational professionals, including physical and occupational therapists, nurses, social workers, educational psychologists, teachers, and early childhood specialists.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose provides students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become integral members of the modern health care team. The curriculum focuses on clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and professional behaviors. Students complete several clinical education experiences, including three clinical internships, to gain skills in a variety of practice settings. Students come from all over the country, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of subjects. They bring diverse and pre-professional experiences to the classroom. Classes include graduate students seeking their first professional degree and adults preparing for another career.