Assumption University's Catrambone Health Scienes Building, home of the School of Health Professions.

School of Health Professions

Prepare for a career serving others as a health care professional, with compassion and empathy at the core of everything you do.

Welcome to the School of Health Professions at Assumption University. The School consists of the undergraduate majors in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies (HSRS) and Health Sciences.

Led by a distinguished and experienced faculty, many of whom also practice in their respective disciplines, the undergraduate majors are designed to prepare learners for a career in one of many health professions. Building on the robust liberal arts curriculum based on Catholic principles, the courses within the two majors will help students develop knowledge that prepares them for career of service to others within the health care field. Students will gain an awareness of real world factors that are determinants of health for their future patients and clients. Learners will discover factors related to access to care and how illnesses affect the lives of patients and their families. Moreover, our students will further appreciate the importance of empathy and compassion in relating to those they serve.

The majors help prepare students for medical school, dental school, and graduate programs in physician assistant studies, counseling psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, school psychology, child life, special education, social work and speech-language pathology. There are multiple concentrations available including occupational therapy, physical therapy, communication sciences and disorders, and working with children and adolescents in community settings. Students who pursue these majors and concentrations may also be interested in working in health care administration or health care policy positions. The Health Sciences and HSRS majors will prepare graduates in those fields as well.

Included in both majors are internships in health care settings. These internships are designed to provide experience in an atmosphere consistent with the student’s interests and will provide networking opportunities moving forward.

An Ideal Place to Learn

Experienced undergraduate and graduate faculty
Undergraduate health related internships
New building & modern technology
Cinzia Pica-Smith, Ed.D.
Cinzia Pica-Smith, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies; Coordinator, Working with Children & Adolescents in Community Settings Concentration

Featured on NPR and at TEDx, Pica-Smith focuses on issues of racial and economic justice in schoolsHer research, writing, teaching and community work focus on youth, family, school and community well-being and justice. Other research includes children and adults' multiracial and interracial friendships in school settings, and intercultural education initiatives in Europe.

Programs within School of Health Professions