at a Glance…
The division of Athletic Training provides the only master’s program in the state. This program develops skills necessary to conduct research and increase proficiency in injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. Students have been successful in producing and studying new knowledge in the profession. Students are fully funded via graduate and research assistantships. The academic program has been approved at the University level to move from the College of Education to the College of Health Sciences. The master’s degree program in Athletic Training (AT) is designed to accommodate both NATA certified athletic trainers and NATA “certification eligible” athletic trainers. Students and faculty in this program are involved in the Rehab Sciences Ph.D. program.
The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers both a pre-professional undergraduate degree in communication disorders and a master’s degree program in speech-language pathology. Speech-language pathologists are health care professionals who evaluate and treat problems related to speech sound production, comprehension and production of language, voice, stuttering, swallowing, orofacial anomalies, and hearing for individuals across the lifespan. The program provides a student-run outpatient clinic as well as inpatient and outpatient speech-language pathology services for UK Hospital and Kentucky Clinic. Students and faculty in this program are involved in the Rehab Sciences Ph.D. program.
The Division of Physical Therapy is the only PT program at a public institution in Kentucky. One fourth of physical therapy students in the program are trained at the Center for Rural Health in Hazard Kentucky in order to meet the need for PTs in underserved areas of rural Kentucky. The PT program enrolled its first cohort of students in the clinical doctorate program (DPT) in 2006. In addition, UKPT began its transitional DPT program in 2007, designed for practicing physical therapists to advance their knowledge and practice to clinical doctorate levels. Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical base and widespread clinical applications in the preservation, development, and restoration of optimal physical function. The physical therapist is a health professional who performs physical therapy examination in order to provide evaluation, appropriate diagnosis, and interventions for individuals with pathologies, impairments, and functional limitations that interfere with participation in activities relevant to their lives. Students and faculty in this program are involved in the Rehab Sciences PhD program.
The College of Health Sciences has the first and only rehabilitation sciences doctoral program in the state. This doctoral program is attracting nationally respected faculty as a result of the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional approach, including collaboration with Murray State, Western Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky Universities. The mission of the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program is to fulfill a leadership role in addressing the rehabilitation needs of individuals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond through research, education, and service. The program is designed to produce research and academic leaders in rehabilitation sciences for the professions of communication disorders, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Science responds to the critical shortage of laboratory professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond by producing graduates with knowledge and laboratory skills to aid in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical Laboratory Scientists are an important member of the healthcare team and interact with physicians, nurses, patients and other members in the laboratory. Graduates of MLS programs often have management responsibilities. Many specialize in areas in the Medical Laboratory such as hematology, clinical chemistry, toxicology, virology, microbiology, immunohematology (blood banking) or molecular biology.
Graduates of the Clinical Leadership and Management program earn a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) degree. The purpose of the program is to provide health care professionals with formal academic education and skills training needed to prepare them for leadership and management roles and responsibilities in a clinical setting. The program is designed for individuals with Associates Degrees in clinical areas and has satellite programs at Elizabethtown and Hazard.
The Clinical Nutrition (CN) program, developed under the leadership of Dr. Paul Thornton, was one of the first programs in our College. The Program educates masters and doctoral students in human and medical nutrition in collaboration with the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences. CN Division faculty also provide nutrition education to medical and other health professionals throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. Current Program areas of instructional emphasis include clinical and medical nutrition therapy, obesity, wellness, complimentary/alternative medicine, and sports nutrition.
The Human Health Sciences (HHS) baccalaureate program prepares undergraduate students for future careers in a dynamic, interprofessional healthcare environment. Graduates of this program will have a strong foundation in the basic sciences and develop competencies in healthcare skills and knowledge, thereby maximizing professional career opportunities. Specifically, the degree offers four options for students' interested in future graduate or professional study in Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs. This degree also prepares students for work in a variety of other fields, including mid-level management or supervision across healthcare environments, medical or pharmaceutical sales, and community health advocacy.
The College of Health Sciences houses one of only two PA programs in Kentucky. One fourth of physician assistant students are trained at our extension campus in Morehead, KY, meeting a critical need in rural Kentucky. PAs are mid-level practitioners who practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed medical or osteopathic physician. PAs typically perform history & physical exams, ordering & interpreting laboratory tests, establishing tentative diagnoses & treatment plans, counseling patients, and assisting in surgery. Working under the supervision of a licensed physician, PAs meet the primary care service delivery needs of Kentuckians and beyond.
The division of Radiation Sciences is one of only eleven accredited academic programs in medical physics in North America, and the only program of its kind in Kentucky. Radiological Medical Physics is a branch of applied physics concerned with the application of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. There is a great demand for medical physicists and relatively few academic training programs. The University of Kentucky program has historically specialized in therapeutic medical physics applications.