Health Sciences

Assumption has a strong tradition of preparing students for graduate school and successful careers in the health sciences.

Assumption University recognizes the importance of preparing students academically, personally and ethically for meaningful careers in health sciences. Assumption’s outstanding science programs and strong liberal arts curriculum prepare you for the rigors of graduate school. You also will develop the observation, analysis, and communication skills, and personal moral compass you’ll need for professional success.

Our highly credentialed professors work closely with you to plan your course of study. The array of science classes and laboratory credits available in our state-of-the-art Testa Science Center can fulfill the requirements for admission to the medical or professional school of your choice.

Assumption also has established numerous agreements with a variety of health sciences graduate programs to provide a smooth transition from your undergraduate degree to entering the graduate school of your choice.

In addition, we offer you many valuable opportunities to obtain hands-on experience in the life sciences industry of Worcester, Massachusetts. There also are faculty-student research opportunities right on campus. Academic rigor and practical experience provide Assumption students with noteworthy achievements for their graduate school applications.

Assumption’s Health Sciences Program prepares students for a broad range of career opportunities in the growing field of health care, with applications to clinical practice, administration, policy development, and research. Assumption’s health sciences major is an interdisciplinary program with coursework in the department of physical and biological sciences, disease, and disability, and health care delivery and care models, as well as the economics, ethics and policies that drive global health care systems.

Experiential Learning

Assumption’s health sciences curriculum includes a semester-long internship in the healthcare field that enables students to develop and refine the knowledge and skills they’ll need to effectively contribute as a health care professional. This internship experience also helps students with career development and discernment, often leading to employment opportunities after graduation.


Health sciences majors complete 14 courses within the major. Three of those courses overlap with the core curriculum, providing students with a strong liberal arts foundation. Additionally, some courses within the health sciences major will likely overlap with the program’s specialized concentrations, enabling students to not only efficiently complete their degree requirements but also to customize their education toward their career interests as well.

Specialized Concentrations

Assumption’s health sciences program offers students from all majors an opportunity to concentrate in specialty areas that will help them pursue the graduate programs and careers of their choice.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Prepare to work as a Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) aide or to pursue a graduate degree in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

Patient Advocacy

Advance your knowledge and understanding of health and human services, health psychology, health care management, and sociology, in the context of the health care environment working with, and for, patients.

Pre-Clinical Health Professions

Prepare for graduate study in clinical medicine programs such as physician assistant, pharmacy, medical doctor, and doctor of dental medicine. Students are encouraged to major in health sciences or biology.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Prepare for graduate study in occupational therapy. Students are encouraged to major in health sciences, human services and rehabilitation studies, biology or psychology.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Prepare for graduate study in either occupational therapy or physical therapy. Students are encouraged to major in health sciences, human services and rehabilitation studies, biology or psychology.

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • The health sciences major combines courses that focus on the healthcare industry with others in disability, illness, the biological sciences and math to create a truly interdisciplinary program that reflects current and emerging trends in health care delivery, policy, and administration. In total, majors must complete 14 courses totaling 48 credits, 10 credits of which will overlap with the core curriculum.

    A list of required courses is shown below and course descriptions can be found under the “Courses” tab. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

    Health Sciences Major Required Courses
    HRS 119 Introduction to Health, Human, and Rehabilitation Services
    HRS 121 Human Development and Disability Across the Lifespan
    HSC 100 Systems Approach to Delivering Health Care in America
    HSC 150 Introduction to Public Health
    HRS 210 Medical Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability
    HRS/HSC 220 Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability
    BIO 160 Concepts in Biology (4 credits)
    PSY 224 or SOC 300 or ECO 115 Statistics (Consult with advisor)
    HSC 310 Evidence-based Health Care
    HSC 360 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care
    HRS 330 Interviewing Techniques
    HSC 450 Internship in Health Sciences (6 credits)
    Biology Electives (choose 2)
    BIO 102 Human Biology in Health Disease (4 credits)
    BIO 105 Human Heredity
    BIO 110 Nutrition
    BIO 210 Genetics (4 credits)
    BIO 240 Mammalian Anatomy (4 credits)
    BIO 250 Microbiology (4 credits)
    BIO/HSC 300 Epidemiology
    BIO 340 Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 credits)
    BIO 370 General Physiology (4 credits)

    Course Descriptions


Soraya V. Betancourt-Calle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Elizabeth A. Colby Davie, Ph.D.
Director of the Honors Program Professor of Organic Chemistry
Stuart I. Cromarty, Ph.D
Professor of Biology
David Crowley, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology Director of ASPIRE Associate Director of the Center for Purpose and Vocation
Edward J. Dix, Ph.D
Professor of Chemistry
Georgi Y. Georgiev, Ph.D
Professor of Physics
Maria Teresa Herd
Assistant Professor of Physics Associate Professor of Physics 3-2 engineering program director
Benjamin Knurr, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Michele Lemons, Ph.D
Professor of Biology Director of the Center for Neuroscience
Nicolas (Nikos) Lessios, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Laura L. Marcotte, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Jessica McCready, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Philip McCue
Adjunct Faculty, Human Services
Alison J. Myette, MS, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor of Practice, Human Services
Brian K. Niece, Ph.D
Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences Professor of Chemistry
Cinzia Pica, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Health and Human Services Director of the Women’s Studies Program Professor, Human Services
Anthony Sacino
Assistant Professor of Practice
Gary R Senecal, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Human Services
Katelyn Stevens, PT, DPT
Health Science Clinical Coordinator
Steven Theroux, Ph.D
Professor of Biology
Erin Tuttle
Assistant Professor, Environmental Chemistry
Alexandria Marie Vassallo
Adjunct Faculty, Human Services
Jessica Lucas Whitt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Christian (Scannell) Williams, Ph.D., LMHC
Assistant Professor of Human Services

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

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Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.


Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Pathways to Success

Recent internship sites related to health sciences and our concentrations:

Assumption University Athletic Training

Central Mass Physical Therapy

Greendale Physical Therapy

THOM Early Intervention Services

UMASS Medical Emergency Mental Health

Wachusett Early Childhood Center

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Athletic Training

Worcester Physical Therapy

UMASS Medical Emergency Mental Health

First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.

Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.

Career Paths


Assumption’s health sciences curriculum includes a semester-long required internship in the healthcare field that enables you to develop and refine the knowledge and skills to serve as a healthcare professional. You'll work with the health sciences faculty to find an internship in an appropriate setting. In addition to building key experience and honing your abilities, the health sciences internship experience helps you in your career development and discernment process and often leads to employment opportunities post-graduation.

Programs Related to Health Sciences