DCHS Graduate Education Brochure
Graduate Programs offered through Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University.
GRADUATE EDUCATION P O ST- BAC CA L AU R E ATE A N D G R A D UATE P R O G R A M S O FFE R E D Athletic Training Health Informatics Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics Nutrition and Dietetics Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) Master of Science in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics (MIT) Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) 2 years 1 year 1 year 2-3 years Classes begin summer Classes begin fall and spring Classes begin fall Classes begin fall and spring Applicants must apply by April 1. More information can be found at AT.SLU.EDU Applicants must apply by July 1 to be considered for fall admission and by October 1 to be considered for spring admission. More information can be found at HIIM.SLU.EDU Admission is rolling. More information can be found at MIT.SLU.EDU Admission is rolling. More information can be found at ND.SLU.EDU Occupational Therapy Physician Assistant Education Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Master of Medical Science (MMS) 2 years 27 months Classes begin summer Classes begin fall Applicants must apply before January 1. Submit applications to the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS). More information can be found at OT.SLU.EDU Applicants must apply between June 1 and November 1. Submit applications to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). More information can be found at PAE.SLU.EDU Classes begin fall Founded in 1929, Doisy College of Health Sciences is an integral part of Saint Louis Universityâ€™s Medical Center which is also home to the schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Doisy Research Center and Saint Louis University Hospital. MISSION Rooted in Jesuit ideals, the Doisy College of Health Sciences serves humanity through education, research and engagement. VISION The College offers health care education at the baccalaureate, masterâ€™s, doctoral, and professional levels. The College creates a student-centered teaching and learning environment that recognizes and actively addresses diverse needs, and fosters an academic climate that promotes the spirit of inquiry among faculty and students. The College advances research and scholarship among faculty and students through inquiry, discovery, synthesis, dissemination, and application of new knowledge. The College encourages collaboration in research and scholarship to serve humanity. The College embodies active engagement across communities at the University, local, regional, national, and international levels. The college promotes leadership in addressing global health and social justice needs. The Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences embraces the lessons of the past, navigates the realities of the present, and capitalizes on emerging opportunities, thus establishing the College as an innovative leader in shaping the future. THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS At Saint Louis University, you are in the heart of the City of St. Louis. Ranked among the nationâ€™s most affordable and best places to live, Saint Louis has become a major hub for health sciences and health care services. The City is nationally known as a center for medical research and a premier location for health care jobs. Students have access to numerous local hospitals, and community and clinical sites that enrich each students educational experience. As part of SLUâ€™s Medical Center, Doisy College of Health Sciences offers diverse opportunities to engage in the surrounding communities. Visit DOISYCOLLEGE.SLU.EDU for more information. FACILITIES The school boasts modern labs including a gait lab for motion analysis, a culinary lab for teaching food services and preparation, a diagnostic lab to teach blood and body fluid analysis, a simulated medical office suite and exam rooms complete with videotaping capabilities and one-way mirrors for student observation, a radiation therapy simulation lab for hands-on learning using radiation therapy treatment planning software, and media labs for teaching students how to assist clients in daily activities that support their quality of life. MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATICS The Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) is a professional graduate degree program designed to cultivate senior and executive level health informatics professionals. This program is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds including health care, information technology and business. Coursework prepares students to meet the demands of a highly complex and rapidly changing environment. The program advances knowledge of clinical, administrative and documentation systems that support health care decisions. The MSHI is a 30 credit hour program consisting of 18 credit hours of core informatics coursework, six credit hours of an applied informatics project, and two electives. The degree may be pursued on a full or part-time basis. Some courses are available online. Clinicians may choose to pursue a graduate degree in health informatics for research, diseasemanagement, telemedicine or career advancement (i.e. chief medical information officer). Non-clinicians may be looking to develop skills in electronic health records, privacy and security of health data and information, or efficient health information systems. For more information about the program and admission requirements, please visit HIIM.SLU.EDU CRISTINE ONGSON MSHI 2012 GRADUATE “I OBTAINED A DEGREE IN HEALTH INFORMATICS BECAUSE I WANTED TO SERVE AS A BRIDGE THAT CONNECTS HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS, AND ALLOWS HEALTH INFORMATION TO BE ACCESSIBLE AND COMPREHENDIBLE.” MASTER OF ATHLETIC TRAINING Athletic Trainers collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of athletes, patients and clients, and are recognized by the American Medical Association as health care professionals. The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree program is a 24-month, post-baccalaureate, six-semester, year-round program that prepares students to become qualified, health care professionals. The MAT program includes coursework in human anatomy, kinesiology, emergency care, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, research and administration. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination in order to gain the credential of Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and in turn be eligible for state licensure as an Athletic Trainer. SLU graduates score well on the BOC with a three year average first time pass rate of 100%. MAT students participate in clinical experiences each semester, and diversity of clinical education sites is a hallmark of the program. In addition to Saint Louis University Athletics, there are eight other St. Louis area universities and 16 high schools which serve as clinical sites for the program. Students experience unique networking opportunities such as physician office rotations, NCAA championship events and Nike basketball camps. Students also engage in an internship at various sites across the country. Past internships have included stints with the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the ESPN/Disney Wide World of Sports. SLUâ€™s Master of Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). For more information about the program and admission requirements, please visit AT.SLU.EDU MASTER OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree program prepares professionals who work with individuals and their families throughout the lifespan in support of their quality of life in the activities that they need and want to do. Populations served include individuals with health promotion needs, developmental and learning disabilities, autism, arthritis, cancer and other debilitating illnesses, head and spinal cord injuries, orthopedic, work and sports-related injuries, amputations, burns, head trauma, stroke and other neurological conditions, and mental illness. The MOT program is 66-74 credit hours comprised of one summer course, three semesters of traditional coursework and one semester of fieldwork. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. SLU graduates score well with a three year average first time test taking pass rate of 85%. MOT students have the opportunity to work and participate in the Faculty Practice offered by the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University. While students with prior degrees in other disciplines are welcome to apply, all applicants must complete nine specific prerequisite courses to be considered for admission. Additionally, applicants must submit a personal essay, two professional letters of reference and evidence of extracurricular activities, honors, and work experience. The GRE is required for admission into the program and observation hours are strongly encouraged. The MOT program at Saint Louis University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). For more information about the program and admission requirements, please visit OT.SLU.EDU RANKED: #36 THE 2012 U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RANKED SLUâ€™S OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM AMONG THE NATIONâ€™S TOP 36. MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS Saint Louis University offers four concentrations for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition and Physical Performance; Culinary Arts; Medical Dietetics; Dual Degree with the School of Public Health. Most classes are offered late afternoon or evening hours permitting employment flexibility. Students may pursue either full-time or part-time study for all programs. CONCENTRATION IN NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATION IN CULINARY ARTS Length: 36-42 semester hours This program prepares students to successfully merge culinary nutrition skills with traditional business skills to develop innovative and successful entrepreneurial programs and services. Coursework focuses on nutrition, sustainable food systems, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and organizational management. This program prepares students with a multidisciplinary approach to disease prevention and health promotion, utilizing nutrition and exercise intervention. It is designed for professionals who have a baccalaureate degree in an allied health field. Coursework focuses on nutrition, health promotion, disease prevention, physiology and cardiovascular fitness. CONCENTRATION IN MEDICAL DIETETICS Length: 37 semester hours Students receive a broad and varied exposure to both classroom and clinical settings in a multidisciplinary environment. This program is for dietetic practitioners who will be nutrition care specialists in the health care system. Coursework focuses in the areas of education, administration and counseling as they apply to nutrition care. Length: 37 semester hours MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS/ MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH A minimum of 54 hours, which includes completing requirements for both degree programs. The student must also pass comprehensive oral examinations and complete a capstone practicum research project in nutrition and public health. All programs are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). For more information about all programs and admission requirements, please visit ND.SLU.EDU MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MOLECULAR IMAGING AND THERAPEUTICS The Master of Science in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics (MIT) is for students with a background in imaging, radiologic, or therapeutic science who want to pursue a new area of study for educational and research purposes. This degree is a 12-month, three semester program with a rigorous curriculum. This degree option combines a collaborative research component with individual areas of imaging and therapeutic sciences. Students choose to study one of the following: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine Technology or Radiation Therapy. The program includes a required Masters Seminar course each semester which will contain an advanced scholarly component designed to enhance the content of other courses in their chosen area of study. The Masters Seminar courses are completed under the direction of a scholarly mentor and will result in a project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, professional presentation or scholarly equivalent by program completion. Students entering the program must be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology or equivalent in an imaging/radiologic science discipline, or be registered within six months of their undergraduate program completion and possess a bachelor of science degree in an imaging/radiologic science discipline. For more information about the program and admission requirements, please visit MIT.SLU.EDU RANKED: #25 THE 2012 U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RANKED SLU’S PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM AMONG THE NATION’S TOP 25. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT EDUCATION (MASTER OF MEDICAL SCIENCE) Physician Assistants (PAs) are health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physician. They are certified nationally and licensed by individual states. They diagnose and treat patients and bring a breadth of knowledge and skills to patient care. Saint Louis University’s program is one of the first PA programs in the U.S. and it boasts a dedicated faculty and staff plus access to the University’s expert clinicians, clinical simulations labs and other resources which enhance the educational experience. It is a 27-month, seven-semester, year-round program with a rigorous didactic and clinical curriculum. In addition to coursework, each student is required to complete service hours within the didactic phase of the program. Thirty-four postbaccalaureate students are accepted each year and the Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree is awarded upon successful completion of the curriculum. SLU graduates score well on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) with a five year average first time pass rate of 98%. The primary mission of the SLU PA Program is to educate men and women to become competent, compassionate physician assistants dedicated to excellence in health care and the service of humanity. PAs are educated according to the medical model in a manner that complements the education of physicians. This similarity in instruction and training enhances the working relationship between PAs and physicians. The SLU PA Program has maintained full accreditation since its inception and is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). www.arc-pa.org. The admission application deadline is November 1 and applicants must apply online via CASPA (centralized application service for Physician Assistants). The Admissions process is competitive and includes specific pre-requisite courses, health care experience and minimum GPAs. For more information about the program and admission requirements, please visit PAE.SLU.EDU :: ATHLETIC TRAINING :: HEALTH INFORMATICS :: MOLECULAR IMAGING AND THERAPEUTICS :: NUTRITION AND DIETETICS :: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY :: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT EDUCATION