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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Health Professions

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Division of Athletic Training • Division of Occupational Therapy
Division of Physical Therapy • Division of Physician Assistant Studies


Karen Abraham, Dean
Health Professions Building, Suite 220
1775 N Sector Court, 220A  
Winchester, VA 22601
540-542-6209 kabraham@su.edu

Explore the School of Health Professions on our university website.


The School of Health Professions educates and inspires developing professionals who enhance the health of individuals and communities. 


To provide innovative educational opportunities that prepare graduates to transform the healthcare landscape.

SHP Graduates:

-Practice compassionate, evidence-based care

-Advocate for the health of individuals and communities

-Demonstrate sensitivity to individual and cultural differences

-Engage in inter-professional collaboration and life-long learning

-Provide service both domestically and globally

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must meet all general university admission requirements and specific requirements for the School of Health Professions program for which they intend to enroll. Students are selected by a variety of methods including an evaluation of high school and college transcripts, College Board scores and other indicators of ability to complete the program. A thorough background in the sciences, humanities and mathematics is strongly recommended.

Where applicable, transfer students must have a grade of “C” or better in all professional courses. In addition, transfer students are required to demonstrate skill and theory competence equal to that expected of Shenandoah University students at that level of education. Each health profession program has unique transfer requirements. Transfer candidates should consult the director or staff directly to determine requirements specific to that program.

All students admitted to the School of Health Professions (Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Athletic Training) must provide evidence of specific immunizations prior to the applicable date set forth on the Health and Insurance Requirements for Health Professions Students form.  Students who fail to provide these documents before the deadline may have their admission revoked, or be suspended or dismissed from SU, and will not be allowed to attend classes, laboratory sessions, or clinical rotations.  As a result of public health considerations, students admitted to a Health Professions program are not eligible for a Religious Exemption to the immunization requirements.  In most cases, students will be required to complete a urine drug screen and criminal background check as a requirement for clinical placement.


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