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Health Profession Programs


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Caldwell University offers several programs for students interested in a health career.

In response to the national and global need to prepare our students with the skills needed to enter the complex, technology-driven healthcare workforce, Caldwell University has created the Inter-Professional Health Education Collaborative (IPHEC). Learning through the IPHEC model prepares healthcare students for inter-professional teamwork: students from different professions will learn about, from, and with each other.

The IPHEC will guide integrated learning experiences for students enrolled in our health profession programs. Students in these majors may engage in exciting inter-disciplinary learning experiences and simulation exercises in our state-of-the-art simulation labs, and will be exposed to disruptive innovations such as the use of telemedicine to impact and improve population health. Our students will bring together their different areas of expertise and tackle problems as a team, and they will each learn to collaborate and communicate with the different members of modern health-care team.

Healthcare AdministrationNursingPublic Health EducationGraduate Programs in CounselingPre-professional Pathways

B.S. in Healthcare Administration

Administered by the Division of Business, this program will prepare students for careers as healthcare administrators, who plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services and adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.  Healthcare administrators are employed in any of the business aspects of successfully-managed healthcare.

Students in this program will acquire sufficient scientific knowledge and the necessary business acumen to succeed in any of the varied healthcare settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, physical therapy facilities, and others.  This program will provide students with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and capabilities needed in today’s growing healthcare industry.  Our location offers ready access to nationally-recognized healthcare facilities in New Jersey and the nearby New York City metropolis.

In addition to a traditional four-year degree, the University offers a two-year completion option for those with an associate degree in a healthcare-related field.

The department of Nursing offers four entrance tracks leading to the B.S. in Nursing.  The baccalaureate degree program offers pre-licensure professional preparation for second degree, traditional, and transfer students and post-licensure degree completion preparation for registered nurses.

The program is structured to provide a strong liberal arts foundation that is further developed in nursing course work, clinical and laboratory activities.  Clinical experience in a variety of hospital and community-based health care agencies in the region complement course work and broaden professional and leadership preparation.

Graduates of the program are prepared to provide safe, effective patient care to a diverse population and to practice in all types of health care settings; upon program completion, pre-licensure graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing examination.   

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Caldwell University is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

B.S. in Public Health Education

Public health educators teach others (patients, families, communities, policy makers, etc.) about effective health practices and how to lead healthy lives.  Administered by the Department of Public Health, the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education is an inter-disciplinary program crossing the departments of Natural Sciences, Nursing, Business, Psychology, Political Science and Sociology.

Graduates of the BSPHE will be qualified and prepared for positions in community health and public health, as well as in hospitals, insurance companies, primary care provider offices, private and commercial community health organizations, and research organizations.  They can work as health coaches in wellness centers, or as educators within the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries or in governmental public health organizations.

Graduate Programs in Counseling

CACREP Accredited

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This is a rigorous 60-credit program that prepares students to enter the helping profession of counselor.  Graduates will hold a master’s degree that is CACREP-accredited and satisfies fully the coursework requirements for licensure in NJ as a Professional Counselor (LPC).  Emphasizing a cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation, the program prepares students with a strong conceptual and practical competence, while integrating the role of spirituality in clients’ and counselors’ lives.  Graduates are prepared to work as counselors in agencies, hospitals, and other mental health settings, while ultimately enabling them to engage as private practitioners.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization

The CACREP accreditation of this program has set it apart as the first of its type in the nation.  The program prepares students to be dually credentialed as both mental health counselors and art therapists.  Consisting of 63 credits, this interdisciplinary program also meets the educational requirements for the credential, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in NJ and a registered art therapist through the American Art Therapy Association.  Graduates are found working in hospitals, social service agencies, and other mental health settings.

School Counseling

This CACREP-accredited program is designed to prepare students to work within the guidelines of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)’s National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs.  Graduates will have fulfilled the requirements of the NJ Department of Education (DOE) requirements for the credential of School Counselor.  Students who choose to take 12 additional credits beyond the 48-credit program will also have completed the educational requirements for the credential Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in NJ. Graduates of this program work as School Counselors at all levels of education from K-12.

Pre-professional Programs

In certain professions, students usually complete an undergraduate liberal arts degree before they are admitted into a graduate-level professional school. These professions include:

(allopathic, osteopathic,
and naturopathic)
Occupational Therapy Chiropractic
Dentistry Physician Assistant Athletic Training
Veterinary Medicine Podiatry Pharmacy
Physical Therapy Optometry  Public Health
(graduate level)

Pre-professional undergraduate students typically major in biology, chemistry, or health sciences. These majors are administered by the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences and they help students meet the requirements of professional schools.  Most pre-professional students apply for admission into professional schools after their junior year (and often after they graduate).

Caldwell University maintains affiliation agreements with several professional schools.  These agreements allow undergraduates to apply during their junior year for admission.  In several of these agreements, accepted students can enter the professional school after their junior year at Caldwell; the first year at the professional school can then count as the fourth year of the undergraduate program.

The Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program allows students who have already completed an undergraduate degree (at Caldwell or at another institution) to take additional courses they need to meet professional school requirements.

Students from Caldwell University’s undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs have been admitted to several different professional programs and schools.