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College of Health Sciences

David Jones, Dean
235 Health Sciences Center
Phone: (307) 766-6556, Fax: (307) 766-6608
Web site:

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 Wyoming Center on Aging (WYCOA); two Family Medicine Residency Centers; and the WWAMI Medical Education Program.

We serve as the state certifying office for the Wyoming, Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) medical education contract program with the University of Washington School of Medicine; WYDENT, the dental education contract program with the University of Nebraska and Creighton University; and two programs for the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE): the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) and the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Refer to the sections on WWAMI, WYDENT, and WICHE in the first part of this catalog for program descriptions or go to

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 professional 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

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science

Kinesiology and health promotion
Medical laboratory science
Physical education teaching
Speech, language and hearing sciences

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Social Work

Graduate Degrees

Master of Science

Health Services Administration


Kinesiology and health

Speech-language pathology

Master of Social Work

Professional Degree

Doctor of Pharmacy

Minors in the College of 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. They complement any major at the university.

Minors include:

Disability Studies

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

Aging Studies

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 

Undergraduate and Preprofessional Health Advising Office

Health Sciences Center, 110

The Undergraduate and Preprofessional Health Advising Office (UPHAO) 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 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 UPHAO advises students for their professional program prerequisites as well as other aspects of becoming solid candidates. Each student will also have an advisor in his/her major for advising in the major.

Through this office, pre-health students can access current information about admission requirements, entrance examinations, application process, professional school curriculums, interviewing skills, and test preparation is available. Current admissions data and addresses for specific schools are also 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 PSEP program, the WWAMI medical education program, and the WYDENT dental education program, may be found online at

Health Sciences (HLSC) Courses

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