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College of Health Professions General Information
The College of Health Professions exists to meet the ever-changing needs of society by preparing competent professionals from diverse backgrounds. The College fosters critical thinking, ethical behavior, life-long learning, and scholarship.
Since its inception in 1966, the College has prepared well-rounded practitioners who are sensitive to patient/client needs and whose professional competence is built on a solid foundation of clinical theory, laboratory practice, and clinical fieldwork/internships. The College offers five undergraduate programs that include Communication Sciences, Health Information Management, Nursing, Public Health, and Therapeutic Recreation. (Effective July 1, 2005, the Department of Kinesiology will become part of the College of Health Professions.) Students graduating with a B.S. degree from Health Information Management, Nursing, Public Health, or Therapeutic Recreation meet the entry-level requirements of their professions and are qualified to take state and/or national examinations leading to certification or licensure in their fields.
At the graduate level, the College offers health professional programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Speech-Language- Hearing, and Therapeutic Recreation. For Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language-Hearing, completion of the graduate level degree is required for certification and licensure in the profession. Students interested in these graduate programs must first complete a baccalaureate degree in a major commensurate with their interests and skills. Their baccalaureate degree should also include coursework meeting the specific prerequisites for the professional program in which they are interested. Students are encouraged to contact the College of Health Professions for more information and advising.
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Students may obtain further information about the procedures for undergraduate admission to the College of Health Professions by contacting the specific program in which they are interested, the College of Health Professions Undergraduate Advisor (215.204.6779), or the Dean’s Office (215.707.4800). Students can also visit the college’s web site at http://www.temple.edu/chp/
Admission to the programs in Communication Sciences, Public Health, or Therapeutic Recreation
Entering undergraduates, whether they are freshmen or transferring from other institutions, are admitted to these programs by submitting an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions of Temple University. Decisions are based on a review of the applicant’s academic credentials. Current Temple students may also enter these programs through intra-university transfer within the University. All interested students should direct admission questions to the College of Health Professions Undergraduate Advisor at 215.204.6779 or to the specific department of interest to them.
Admission to the programs in Health Information Management and Nursing
Typically, freshmen interested in Health Information Management or Nursing are admitted to the Division of University Studies. The Division of University Studies provides initial advising to these students and students from other colleges within Temple University who are interested in the professional health programs. However, while enrolled in the Division of University Studies, students interested in Nursing are encouraged to meet with the pre-Nursing advisor in the Division of University Studies, and students interested in Health Information Management should contact the chairperson of the Health Information Management Department.
During the completion of their first pre-professional year, students interested in admission to Health Information Management or Nursing must apply to these programs. Applications may be made prior to completing all the prerequisites and Core courses and should be received one year prior to admission into the professional program. However, prior to starting the professional program in Nursing or Health Information Management, a student must complete a minimum of 55 credits of pre-professional college work, which includes the University Core Curriculum at Temple University or another university or college. The student must achieve transferable grades in all prerequisites and have a competitive grade point average (GPA) for initial consideration.
Current Temple University Students transferring to Communication Science, Public Health, or Therapeutic Recreation
Students interested in transferring into these departments and who are already enrolled at Temple University should contact the College of Health Professions Undergraduate Advisor at 215.204.6779 to schedule an appointment to discuss transfer and degree completion requirements and initiate an intra-university transfer (IUT). Intra-University transfers will be notified of the decision in a letter from the Dean's Office. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for admission to any of these programs.
Current Temple University Students transferring to Nursing or Health Information Management
Students should contact the College of Health Professions Dean's office at (215) 707-4800. Students must send the application and a $15.00 deposit to the Office of the Dean and comply with all admission requirements of the individual program. Applicants are notified of a final decision in a letter from the College of Health Professions. An acceptance letter will include the departmental required courses to be taken when applicable and semester in which study is to begin. Students will be requested to confirm their acceptance of admission with a $100.00 tuition deposit.
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