About us

Through the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and the Department of Physical Therapy, the School of Health Professions delivers the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to serve in the health care professions. We also offer current health care professionals the opportunity to further their career development.

Careers as either a physician assistant or a physical therapist are among the most rewarding and needed of all the health care professions. Individuals serving in these careers have challenging and satisfying careers while enjoying considerable flexibility in their choice of practice and working conditions. Classes in both PT and PA programs include inter-professional experiences designed to prepare students to be contributing members of the healthcare team.

The Department of Lifestyle Health Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in Lifestyle Health Sciences & Coaching.  This is an innovative program designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to effectively address health behaviors and become a credentialed health and wellness coach with a specialization in lifestyle medicine. The  foundational competencies covered will complement other HSC health professions programs as well as graduate individuals for careers in the rewarding and growing field of health and wellness coaching.

The Graduate Certificate in Genetics and Genomics provides a unique pathway for healthcare and future healthcare professionals who have not specialized in genetic medicine to gain confidence and skills for utilizing genetic and genomic information in today’s healthcare environment.  As more individuals have genetic testing performed, a healthcare professional is being asked to utilize this type of testing in all aspects of clinical care.  This certificate introduces topics in genetics such as inheritance and family history as well as provides an overview of the way genetics is utilized from family history through next generation sequencing and provides a glimpse into the future directions of genomic medicine.

We are also offering free Community Heath Worker certification courses through a grant recently awarded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Traditionally, community health workers are the grassroots helpers invested and connected in their community. Their roles have evolved as states have begun formalizing their work as a profession. They are a conduit for health literacy, sharing health information in a way that’s culturally appropriate, understandable and usable for people who have no other way of either accessing or understanding the information in a way that’s actionable.

Our programs are accredited by the appropriate agencies.

Physical Therapy

Physician Assistant Studies

Lifestyle Health Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Genetics and Genomics

Licensure and Certification Notification