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Blending practical, theoretical and research-based instruction

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 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.

Fact Sheets (pdfs):  Exercise Science | Sport Management | Human Performance and Fitness


Nursing – Fact Sheet (pdf)

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.


Teacher Education

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.

Fact Sheets (pdf): Early Childhood |  Elementary | Secondary | Special Education



Master of Education in Educational Administration – Fact Sheet (pdf)

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.


Master of Physician Assistant Studies – Fact Sheet (pdf)

This program 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 months 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. 

Master of Science in Exercise PhysiologyFact Sheet (pdf)

As a master's degree-credentialed exercise physiologist, you'll have many pathways to join a growing field focused on learning how to improve health through fitness and nutrition.

The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (MSEP) degree program at St. Ambrose University prepares you to begin graduate studies for health professions such as physical therapy, well-qualified for doctoral programs in exercise physiology, or ready to attain certification.


Master of Social Work  - Fact Sheet (pdf)

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.


Master of Speech-Language Pathology - Fact Sheet (pdf)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, employment of Speech-Language Pathologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. 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.


Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Fact Sheet (pdf)

The Occupational Therapy Department at St. Ambrose University has the longest history offering an accredited program leading to a registered occupational therapist degree. The department opened in 1989 and has remained accredited in good standing as a bachelor and master's entry-level program. The department is in the process of seeking accreditation for an entry-doctoral program.

Built upon that strong foundation, the OTD curriculum, which requires three years of coursework that includes fieldwork and internships, emphasizes occupational justice and occupational participation for people of all ages and abilities. Each student develops an advanced area of knowledge and skill concluding in a final doctoral project and internship experience.


Doctor of Physical Therapy – Fact Sheet

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.