Samford University Catalog 2016-2017 Academic Year 
    Mar 24, 2018  
Samford University Catalog 2016-2017 Academic Year [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Health Professions

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Alan P. Jung, Dean, Professor, Kinesiology
Jonathan B. Waugh, Chair, Professor, Cardiopulmonary Sciences
Margaret L. Johnson, Chair, Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
John K. Petrella, Chair, Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Matthew P. Ford, Chair, Professor, Physical Therapy


The School of Health Professions provides students the opportunity to pursue a variety of specialties and fields of study within the health care workforce. Graduates are prepared to actively engage with teams of health care providers to deliver high quality care for the identification, prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders. The School was established in 2013 as a part of the College of Health Sciences.

Interprofessional education is at the core of the programs within the School of Health Professions and opportunities for students will continue to increase as new majors are added. The school is expected to grow exponentially over the next five years, to begin offering degrees at the master’s and doctoral level, in addition to adding new baccalaureate degree programs.

Within the School of Health Professions the opportunities for students are rich and the impact that these graduates will have on the health of our community and around the world is immeasurable. The school includes the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences , the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders , the Department of Kinesiology , and the Department of Physical Therapy . The School currently offers a variety of baccalaureate degrees, a master of science degree in respiratory care or speech language pathology, a master of athletic training degree, and a doctor of physical therapy degree.* To stay up to date with the latest news within the School of Health Professions, visit us online at

*NOTE: Effective April 29, 2015, Samford University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245;

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with CAPTE that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.


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