College of Health Professions
The College of Health Professions at Wichita State University offers a wide variety of health professions degree programs, organized within three (3) schools.
Advanced Education in General Dentistry
Graduates of dental schools in the United States have the option to complete a one year post-doctoral residency program. The School of Oral Health offers the only advanced education in general dentistry residency in the United States not associated with a dental school.
This is a residency program.
As a preventative dental health educator and expert clinician, licensed dental hygienists provide care to clients in a variety of health care settings. The major focus of dental hygiene care emphasizes assessment of patients' needs, development of treatment plan based on individual needs and the delivery of this plan.
This program offers bachelor degrees.
Nurses focus on providing and coordinating health care for individuals, families, and communities to attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and functioning. Nursing functions include assessing, planning, managing, and evaluating illnesses and injuries; as well as educating people in health, wellness, and disease prevention. Nurses practice in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, private homes, schools, occupational health settings, cruise ships, retirement homes, hospice facilities, long-term care facilities, military facilities, and many others. Advanced practice nurses, at the Master’s and Doctoral levels, are RNs with advanced education, knowledge, skills, and scope of practice.
This program offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Students of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) learn to apply their scientific and behavioral knowledge and clinical skills to work with individuals who have impaired communication abilities. CSD graduates often pursue careers as audiologists or speech-language pathologists.
This program offers a certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
Medical Laboratory Sciences
The medical laboratory scientist’s role in allied health is the accurate and precise performance of laboratory procedures that aid in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Most graduates are employed by hospitals, clinics, reference and physician office laboratories.
This program offers a bachelor's degree.
The graduate program prepares students to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician. Physician assistant functions include performing diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative and health maintenance services in any setting where the physician renders care in order to allow more effective and focused application of the physician's particular knowledge and skills.
This program offers a master's degree.
Physical therapy has widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance and promotion of optimal physical function. As clinicians, physical therapists diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and endurance.
This program offers a doctoral degree.
Public Health Sciences
Typically, health science graduates go on to work in the health care sector as pharmaceutical and hospital sales representatives, specialists in insurance companies, science technicians (or research assistants), and the like. The degree may also be used for those who wish to progress to supervisory or instructional positions requiring a baccalaureate degree (e.g., radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists).
This program offers a certificate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.