Academic Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Clinical Leadership and Management
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 either an  Associates Degrees in clinical areas (Track A) or at the freshman entry level (Track B).

Communication Sciences & Disorders (Bachelor's degree)
The Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers both a pre-professional undergraduate degree in communication sciences and  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 an academic clinic where 1st year graduate students serve outpatients. Additionally there are comprehensive  inpatient and outpatient speech-language pathology services for UK Hospital and Kentucky Clinic. Students and faculty in this program are also involved in the Rehabilitation Sciences Ph.D. program.

Human Health Sciences
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 five options for students' interested in future graduate or professional study in Athletic Training, 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.

Medical Laboratory Science
The Division of Medical Laboratory Science began in 1933 and is one of the oldest undergraduate programs in the country. Medical laboratory scientists perform clinical laboratory testing that aid healthcare providers in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease. This undergraduate degree attracts students of varying backgrounds and degrees providing a new career or foundation for advanced degrees. Students interested in Medical Laboratory Science may attend the Lexington campus or the Center of Excellence in Rural Health campus in Hazard. Graduates can be found in a diverse setting such as laboratories, (e.g., hospital, physician office, reference, research, state, veterinary), administration, academia, consulting, graduate school, and sales. 

Minor in Health Advocacy
The minor in Health Advocacy educates students to serve as patient advocates to improve health and health care and help patients access an increasingly complex medical system. Advocacy careers span the spectrum from patient advocacy in direct service to individuals, to community advocacy initiatives on behalf of geographic or disease-specific populations, to system-level policy-based advocacy activities. The minor in Health Advocacy lays a foundation for pursuing a career in this field or furthering graduate educational opportunities.  


Clinical Healthcare Management Certificate
The undergraduate certificate in Clinical Healthcare Management will benefit any currently enrolled University of Kentucky student interested in obtaining clinical management and leadership skills necessary for a management position in healthcare as well as practicing professionals such as Nurses, Physicians, Dentists, and others that would like to enhance their management skills in the health care field. 


Undergraduate Certificate in Research in Human Health Sciences 
The Certificate in Research in Human Health Sciences provides any UK undergraduate student with the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in interdisciplinary clinical and translational research in the human health sciences fields.

Certificate in Nutrition For Human Performance 
Human Health Sciences (HHS), in collaboration with Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KHP) and Dietetics and Human Nutrition (DHN), is now offering an undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition for Human Performance. The purpose of this certificate is to focus on the integration of nutrition and exercise to properly support physical activity, fitness, and athletic performance at all levels, from those just starting an exercise program, to elite athletes, and those recovering from injury. The Certificate in Nutrition for Human Performance also provides students with cross-disciplinary knowledge of the relationship between exercise physiology, nutrition, and overall wellness..
 


Graduate/Professional Degree Programs

Athletic Training
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 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.

Clinical Nutrition (in collaboration with the College of Medicine)
The Clinical Nutrition (CN) program, developed under the leadership of Dr. Paul Thornton, was one of the first programs in our College. The faculty collaborates with the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences to educate masters and doctoral students in primarily clinical  and sports nutrition. 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, sports, community and molecular nutrition.

Communication Sciences & Disorders (Master's degree)
The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers both a pre-professional undergraduate degree in communication sciences and  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 an academic clinic where 1st year graduate students serve outpatients. Additionally there are comprehensive  inpatient and outpatient speech-language pathology services for UK Hospital and Kentucky Clinic. Students and faculty in this program are also involved in the Rehabilitation Sciences Ph.D. program.


Physical Therapy
The Division of Physical Therapy is one of only two PT programs at a public institution in Kentucky. One fourth of physical therapy students in the program are trained at the Center of Excellence in 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 offered a transitional DPT program from 2007- 2013, 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.

Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistants are health professionals who practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. PAs care for the wellbeing of others by performing history and physical examinations, ordering and interpreting laboratory tests, establishing diagnoses and treatment plans, counseling patients, and assisting in surgery. PAs meet the primary care and specialty service delivery needs of the people of Kentucky and beyond. The College of Health Sciences houses the longest running PA program in Kentucky. In addition to the Lexington campus, the Program has a campus in Morehead, Kentucky for rural training and clinical affiliations in Louisville where students are trained in a more urban environment.

Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program
The College of Health Sciences has the first and only rehabilitation sciences doctoral program in the state. This doctoral program attracts nationally respected faculty as a result of the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional approach, including collaboration with Eastern Kentucky University. 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 sciences & disorders, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training. 

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