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Northwest Missouri State University

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is the School of Health Science and Wellness operated?

The School of Health Science and Wellness has transitioned from operating within a department structure to a multidisciplinary, free-standing unit outside the College of Education and Human Services. The School contains the disciplines of foods and nutrition, health and physical education, and recreation.  

Will the majors and pre-professional programs currently identified as “Health Sciences” be moved to the School?

Rather than moving existing degree programs, the School of Health Science and Wellness serves as a clearinghouse for 23 different degree programs focusing on health science and wellness. Existing health science degrees remain housed and offered by the Department of Natural Sciences. 

Does this change the academic advisement students receive?

There is no impact on academic advisement during the current academic year. Students will continue to see either a professional advisor or a faculty advisor.

How does this impact current students?

Dietetics, physical education and recreation students will now identify with the School of Health Science and Wellness rather than an academic department.

What are the initial goals for the School of Health Science and Wellness? 

  • Elevate awareness of the long-existing and high-quality health science and wellness academic programs at Northwest.
  • Meet the health and wellness needs of the state and student interests by funding existing health and wellness programs while seeking funds to develop new interdisciplinary programs in health science and wellness.
  • Facilitate and coordinate clinical experiences and affiliation agreements.
  • Provide a single location for student advisement and services.
  • Develop and nurture professional relationships with regional and state health and wellness providers and service agencies to meet student, community and regional needs.
  • Strengthen Northwest’s marketing position and visibility as a University with robust health science and wellness programming, which is needed to positively impact student and faculty recruitment. 

What are the existing health and wellness programs that are being coordinated and promoted through the School of Health Science and Wellness?

  • Pre-professional programs in chiropractic, dental hygiene, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, speech pathology and radiology
  • Bachelor degree programs in wellness include foods and nutrition/dietetics, physical education, and recreation
  • Bachelor degree programs in natural sciences including radiologic science, clinical lab science, biology and psychology and biology science biomedical track
  • Bachelor degree programs in behavioral sciences in human services
  • Graduate programs in applied health and sport science, health and physical education, recreation and sport and exercise psychology
  • Minors in coaching, food service, gerontology, health education, nutrition, recreation, sport management and sport psychology