About the UK College of Health Sciences
The mission of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences (CHS) is to help the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond attain the highest level of health possible. We fulfill our mission through creative leadership and productivity in education, research, and service.
CHS has a distinguished history of preparing students for successful careers in the health sciences. Our college was among the first of 13 charter schools for allied health in the country. CHS was founded in 1966, with certificate, associate, and bachelor's degrees. We now offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as minor and certificate options, across nine health sciences disciplines.
At the College of Health Sciences, we are dedicated to educating frontline entry-level practitioners for the allied health disciplines in our college, as well as educating the clinical, educational and research leaders of tomorrow.
Students and Faculty
CHS has more than 1,000 students enrolled, with nearly 500 undergraduates and more than 500 graduate students. As of 2015, CHS doctoral degree enrollment consists of 35 PhD students, five Post-Doctoral students, and 197 Doctor of Physical Therapy students.The college’s more than 60 faculty members and 244 community-based faculty ensure that all students receive extensive personal training and preparation for their future careers. Our faculty members have earned national and international reputations for excellence and innovation, and we have strong international programs for faculty and students.
CHS has more than 7,000 alumni providing high-quality care in health care and educational facilities throughout the state, nation, and world. Wherever they serve, they are among the most accomplished, respected professionals in their fields.
In 2002, CHS moved into the Charles T. Wethington, Jr. Building. This building provides state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms. Housing all of the CHS disciplines within one building provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning.
History: Paving the Way for Allied Health in the United States
The College of Health Sciences, originally called the College of Allied Health Professions, was one of the first 13 colleges formed following passage of The Allied Health Professions Personnel Training Act of 1966. These schools paved the way for allied health in the United States, and the UK College of Health Sciences remains a leader in graduate education and research.
Other colleges formed at this time include: Boston University, Indiana University, Temple University, and the University of Florida.
The College of Health Sciences is also among the first colleges within the University of Kentucky system to have a complete distance learning degree program. We began educating Physical Therapy students at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard in 1992 and Physician Assistant students in Morehead in 1996. More recently, the Medical Laboratory Science Program was re-established to educate students at the Center in Hazard.