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About the College

The College of Health Sciences is dedicated to increasing the availability of health care providers to serve the needs of communities across the US and globally. We provide educational opportunities for students to pursue a variety of health careers. Classes are offered in an environment intended to foster respect for the uniqueness of each and every patient. Students are provided with classroom and clinical experiences designed to prepare them to function as competent, caring, and nurturing health care practitioners.

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Message from the Dean

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) and CHS-Northwest provide academic environments built on Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Excellence, and Success (CHS CARES). You will find this reflected in our dynamic and diverse faculty who are committed to life-long learning, service, professional engagement, advocacy and scholarship. Together, dedicated faculty and staff provide a student-centered learning community designed to help students not only be successful but to reach their maximum potential.

Our faculty, students, and alumni are recognized as health care leaders that are humanistic, evidence-based clinicians that provide “best practice” innovative and contemporary patient centered care. Our CHS alumni secure positions in all medical disciplines in a variety of settings, such as community clinics, hospitals, private practice, military, and educational facilities.

We are also deeply connected with our communities and are passionate about providing health care to underserved populations. I hope to see you on one of our campuses.

Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, FNAP

We offer hands-on educational opportunities by providing authentic learning experiences and access to health care services for urban, rural, and underserved communities.

Kudos and Recognition

Many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni form connections and bonds that last a lifetime. Meet some of them here!
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Dr. Harsha Deoghare, PT, PhD, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy (PT)

Dr. Deoghare has been selected to serve on the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) Leadership Academy (ALA) Leadership Oversight Committee. He will hold this prestigious national post through March 2025 and impact PT curriculum nationwide.

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CHS-Northwest Assistant Professor Anu Räisänen, PT, PhD

CHS-Northwest Assistant Professor Anu Räisänen, PT, PhD, collaborated with Drs. Benson, Clermont and Ferber from University of Calgary on a new publication: Is this the real life, or is this just laboratory? A scoping review of IMU-based running gait analysis. Sensors. 2022;(22(5):1722.

Portrait of CHS Alumnus Vasco Deon Kidd
Vasco Deon Kidd, DHSc, MPH, MS, Associate Clinical Professor at UC, Irvine

WesternU College of Health Sciences alumnus Vasco Deon Kidd was appointed to the Physician Assistant Board by CA Gov. Gavin Newsom. Kidd graduated from CHS’s PA program in 2001 and earned his Master of Science in Health Professions Education in 2006.

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Student Clubs and Engagement

CHS students have the opportunity to join CHS-specific student clubs to advance professionally. CHS students can also participate in Shared Clubs that invite students from all Colleges. Some of the best lifelong friendships are formed within the College and with students from other Colleges. Learn more about our Student Clubs!
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Give and Receive

Help us continue to help our students succeed as health care providers dedicated to a scientific and humanistic approach to healing. We will all benefit by having healthier communities around us.