University General Course Catalog 2012-2013 
    Jun 17, 2024  

Division of Health Sciences

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Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., Vice President Health Sciences and Dean, University of Nevada, School of Medicine
Pennington Medical Education Building
(775) 784-6977

About the Division

Learning and working together to improve health and wellness. Created in July 2008, the Division of Health Sciences produces highly skilled and compassionate graduates across the spectrum of the health professions, provides competent and comprehensive clinical care, broadens community health awareness and pursues collaborative academic programs and community partnerships.

The Division of Health Sciences is comprised of four schools:

  • School of Community Health Sciences
  • School of Medicine, which includes
    • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • School of Social Work
  • Orvis School of Nursing

In addition, it is the home for the:

  • Campus Recreation and Wellness
  • Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT)
  • Center for Program Evaluation
  • Gerontology Academic Program
  • Sanford Center for Aging

The division offers the following degree programs:

Baccalaureate degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Community Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Master’s degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Nursing (combined)
  • Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Master of Social Work

Doctor of Philosophy degrees

  • Ph.D. in Public Health
  • Ph.D. in Speech Pathology and Audiology

The division participates in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Social Psychology. Please see the Interdisciplinary and Special Programs chapter of this catalog of more information.

Doctor of Medicine

  • Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) satisfactorily complete the required curriculum in Medicine; in addition, a combined M.D./Ph.D program is offered for students only after they are accepted to the School of Medicine as a regular M.D. student
  • M.D./M.P.H.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Undergraduate Minors

  • Addiction Treatment Services
  • Health Ecology
  • Gerontology

Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator

Division of Health Science learners are bound together by the need to find solutions for and help people towards improving their health and well-being through education, research, clinical care and public service. Through one-on-one treatment of people with health problems, providing opportunities to participate in medical and social research and conducting scholarly activities aimed at improving the health and well-being of whole populations, our faculty prepare and teach students to work in high demand professions.

Academic Advisement

The Division of Health Sciences Student Center is located in Orvis Building, Room #104, serving all DHS majors and pre-majors and minors including Community Health Sciences, Nursing, Social Work and Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Please contact the Division of Health Sciences Student Center at or call 775-682-5930 (voice message only). For more information, visit the DHS Student Center website at;

It is recommended that students meet with their advisor at least once a semester for:

  • Class selection
  • Curriculum mapping
  • Progression to full major status
  • Declaring one of the DHS majors or minors
  • University academic policies and procedures
  • Probation and academic standing issues
  • Career information

Probation / Dismissal Policies

See Undergraduate Academic Standards for further information on the University’s probation and dismissal policies.

Probation Holds

  1. ALL probationary students will meet with the Manager of Advisement, Recruitment and Retention each semester for academic advising.
  2. The administration of probation holds is at the discretion of the Manager.
  3. Holds can either be removed after advising until the next priority registration period OR not removed. If the hold is not removed, in order to add or drop classes students must use Probation Advisement Form: which requires the Manager’s signature.

Dismissal Appeal

  1. An undergraduate student may appeal academic dismissal by submitting a “Letter of Appeal” to the DHS Manager of Advisement, Recruitment and Retention who serves as the Chair of the Probation-Dismissal Committee.
  2. The Probation-Dismissal Committee which consists of the Manager, Chair in student’s major, and another advisor or undergraduate coordinator will review the appeal and forward their decision to the Vice President of Health Sciences for final determination as to whether or not the student will be dismissed according to university policy.