Dean's Message

About the College

Welcome to the College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University. The College seeks to foster the development of women and men who demonstrate intellectual and professional integrity, who value compassionate service to others, and who take leading roles in the communities in which they serve.

As a professional college within a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition, the College is committed to providing an education built upon a deep respect for the dignity of the human person and the recognition of the responsibility of each individual to contribute to the building of a more just society. Our graduates develop the skills necessary for ethical responses to a new and ever-changing future filled with discoveries, technological advancements, and social change.

We invite you to learn more about the College and the exciting programs and initiatives that reflect our commitment to service, active and engaged learning, and professional excellence. New academic programs of which we are particularly proud include the Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics, the Master of Science in Speech Pathology, and our award winning Doctor of Physical Therapy program which ranked the best in Connecticut and among the best nationally.

The College has state-of-the-art motion analysis, independent living, human performance, athletic training, and clinical skills laboratories to support the Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Occupational Therapy programs. Our Nursing department houses innovative simulation equipment in its acute care and ambulatory care laboratories. Both of these labs are being expanded this year to meet the demand of our growing nursing programs. Our RN to BSN, RN to MSN and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs in the department of Nursing are offered on-line. We collaborate with select clinical partners to offer these programs on-site at their facilities as well. All of our health professions programs utilize the best health care facilities in the state as community partners in clinical education. Our Health Sciences major provides a foundation for pre-professional students pursuing graduate degrees in the health professions and a degree completion program for health professionals pursuing a bachelor's degree.

The College's Center for Community Health and Wellness collaborates with surrounding communities to address unmet health and wellness needs promoting the education, service and research goals of the University. Our students may also participate in international service missions as part of their clinical education assignments.

We invite you to come to campus for a visit to learn more about the College and its programs. Campus visits can be arranged through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 203-371-7880. For undergraduate admissions information, please contact enroll@sacredheart.edu, and for graduate programs contact gradstudies@sacredheart.edu.

Patricia W. Walker, EdD
Dean, College of Health Professions
Tel: 203-396-8024 


Professional Organization


 Association of Schools of
 Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)

 www.asahp.org