No industry today is more dynamic or growing faster than health care. For those called to a life spent caring for others, the health professions include a diverse range of career options. The School of Health Professions includes a vast array of specialties and fields of study that make up the majority of health-related careers. The school is made up of three departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. To meet the growing demand for highly skilled, compassionate health care providers, we are working to add a number of new degree options, both undergraduate and graduate. 

When educating skilled caregivers, there is no substitute for hands-on experience. We give students the opportunity to learn by doing in every program within the School of Health Professions.

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At the core of everything we do lies the concept of inter-professional education. Health care today is increasingly delivered by teams of professionals representing different specialties, and practitioners must work in concert to ensure the best outcomes possible. Our students work with others in many disciplines to develop those cooperative skills.

Today, Kinesiology offers five majors: athletic training, exercise science, health sciences, sport administration and sports medicine (pre-med) and a minor in sports and recreation.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, new to the School of Health Professions, offers a baccalaureate degree with plans to add a master’s degree program in 2015. (The Master of Science program in Speech Language Pathology has filed application to become a candidate for accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Candidacy approval from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is pending. Students are encouraged to apply now, but will not be accepted until after we have received the appropriate notifications and approvals from CAA)

The Department of Physical Therapy is now accepting students for its inaugural doctor of physical therapy class, set to begin in the summer of 2015. (This program is pending accreditation)

In every department, in every major, we are committed to preparing skilled, compassionate practitioners, people called to a life of caring for others. Graduates may find themselves working in acute care or ambulatory care settings. For those interested in continuing their education after graduation, more than 93% of the students from the School of Health Professions applying to graduate and professional programs are accepted. In the coming years we will continue to add new majors and concentrations, so please check back for the latest from the School of Health Professions.

Samford University is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2017.

Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.