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 Public Health, the Master of Science in Athletic Training, and the Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

We are also very proud of our new Center for Healthcare Education that opened in the summer of 2017.   We are grateful for the opportunity it gives us to live out our vision for highly interactive programing, expanded use of simulation, and a collaborative environment for our students.  The facilities in this building will allow a closer relationship between academics and surrounding communities by adding to our service offerings with hearing testing in our new audiology suite; driving assessments in our driving simulator; and sport performance, injury prevention and wellness-oriented services through our expanded motion analysis and human performance labs.

The Center has state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and a home health suite to support the Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Exercise ScienceOccupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology programs. Additionally, our Physician Assistant Studies program is located on the campus of Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT with whom it enjoys a supportive relationship and collaboration in the delivery of its clinical education program.  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 through leadership or radiologic science concentrations.

The College collaborates with surrounding communities to address unmet health and wellness needs promoting the education, service and research goals of the University.   The college supports several community-focused services such as our interprofessional stroke clinic and our new Audiology clinic. Our students may also participate in local and 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