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College of Health Sciences
Joseph Steiner, Dean
235 Health Sciences Center
Phone: (307) 766-6556, Fax: (307) 766-6608
Web site: www.uwyo.edu/hs
The College of Health Sciences is the place for students interested in improving and maintaining the physical and social health of others. We offer challenging degree programs in the "helping professions" and serve as the gateway to schools of medicine, dentistry, physical and occupational therapy, physician's assistant study, and optometry.
Health sciences students receive not only a superior education from knowledgeable and caring faculty but also precise and personal guidance from conscientious advising personnel. Students benefit, too, from practicums and internships that help them refine and test the skills acquired in lectures and labs as well as opportunities to participate in dynamic, interdisciplinary research projects.
The college is also the home of the Wyoming INstitute for Disabilities (WIND); the Center for Rural Health Research & Education (CRHRE); the Geriatric Education Center (WYGEC); two Family Medicine Residency Centers; the Wyoming, Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) medical education contract program, and WYDENT, the dental contract program with the University of Nebraska and Creighton University.
We serve as the state certifying office for the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) program (refer to the section on WICHE in the first part of this bulletin for program description or go to http://www.uwyo.edu/hs/wiche-wwami-wydent-program/index.html).
Any student seeking admission to programs in the College of Health Sciences will be required to obtain a background check as specified by college policy. Please contact your school or division for specific information.
The College of Health Sciences retains the right to deny or revoke admission to any of its programs for academic, disciplinary, ethical, or professionals standards reasons.
ASPIRE! is a program to encourage, promote, and nurture scholarship, leadership, and professionalism in our future health care professionals. ASPIRE! offers one-on-one mentoring and other advantages for a limited number of our students. Check with your program for details.
Programs of Study
Bachelor of Science
Kinesiology and health promotion
Physical education teaching
Speech, language and hearing sciences
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Science
Kinesiology and health
Master of Social Work
Doctor of Pharmacy
Minors in Health Sciences
Minors in the College of Health Sciences are designed to complement a student's major and augment educational and employment opportunities. They increase the student's knowledge of health and human services, and provide him/her with a greater understanding of what it means to work in any aspect of health care.
Minors in Health Sciences include:
This minor is designed for the student who wants to have a career in health care but not necessarily as a provider. Instead s/he may be interested in being an administrator of a hospital or nursing home, a career in public health, or even as a health care practitioner who wants a more complete view of health care.
The minor consists of 18 hours of coursework in a variety of topics that will provide breadth in a student's background. Check out our website: www.uwyo.edu/hs/divisions-and-programs/minor-in-health-sciences.html.
Disability studies is a diverse interdisciplinary field that investigates broad questions about the nature, meanings, and consequences of disability from interrelated social, historical, cultural, and political perspectives. Students will gain a broad understanding of disability issues for working with people with disabilities rather than specific disciplinary skills and techniques. The minor consists of 18 credit hours. See http://www.uwyo.edu/hs/divisions-and-programs/minor-in-disability-studies.html.
The field of geriatric health offers opportunities in traditional health care settings and in new settings as we redefine "geriatric care." The 18 hour interdisciplinary minor consists of core requirements that give a strong background; the electives offer a flexibility that will complement any major. For more information, see http://www.uwyo.edu/hs/divisions-and-programs/Minor-in-Aging-Studies.html.
Undergraduate and Preprofessional Health Advising Office
Health Sciences Center, 110 & 112
The Undergraduate and Preprofessional Health Advising Office (UPAHO) in the College of Health Sciences provides preprofessional health advising to all UW students regardless of their academic majors, who are interested in pursuing future study in medicine, dentistry, optometry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician's assistant, or other health care careers such as chiropractic. A bachelor's degree is usually required for admission to a professional school. The University of Wyoming does not offer degrees in preprofessional areas. Students may pursue any UW degree program in which they have an interest and at the same time complete the admission requirements for the professional schools they wish to attend. The UPAHO advises students for their professional program prerequisites as well as other aspects of becoming solid candidates. Each student will also have an adviser in his/her major for advising in the major.
Current information about admission requirements, entrance examinations, professional school curriculums, interviewing skills, and test preparation is available. Suggested course work and timelines are available for medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant study. Current admissions data and addresses for specific schools are available. Specific schools may have additional requirements; students are urged to check with the schools they wish to attend.
Information and residency applications for the WICHE programs, the WWAMI medical education program, and WYDENT, the dental education program, may be found online at http://www.uwyo.edu/hs/wiche-wwami-wydent-program/.