Health & Wellness

Focus Your Career on Helping and Healing Others

Marywood University’s comprehensive focus on Health and Wellness programs, including nearly 30 programs of study, prepares students for in-demand careers in the rapidly growing and changing healthcare industry. From clinical settings to home care, from private offices to public institutions, well-prepared health and wellness professionals and practitioners are needed. Explore your options today–Marywood’s excellent programs in Physician Assistant, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy and Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, and many others, will prepare you for an exciting and meaningful career focused on helping and healing others.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Encourage the Artistic & Therapeutic Process with an Art Therapy Degree

The Art Therapy curriculum is designed to meet the needs of those who are interested in a vocation that includes both a commitment to art-making and a commitment to serving others. Students are introduced to the human service profession of art therapy on a pre-professional level. While master's level art therapy training is focused on readiness for professional practice, undergraduate training differs by assisting the student in developing a strong base of necessary studio skills and knowledge of the behavioral and social sciences.

A rewarding career to embark on, the employment outlook for art therapist is expected to grow as fast as or faster than the average. Additionally, students complete an art therapy internship under supervision of an art therapy professional. This experience serves as important exposure to the actual nature of the art therapy process.

  • Commitment to art-making and serving others
  • Emphasizes the healing and therapeutic qualities of art
  • Internships in mental health, medical, educational, and studio settings

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Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Create a Healing Process for Others with a Master's Degree in Art Therapy

Marywood University’s high quality 60-credit Master’s degree in Art Therapy prepares its students through an “art-based’ approach. The course of study combines art therapy theory and technique, psychology, clinical practicum and supervision, and personal artistic involvement to provide the learner with a thorough and rich educational experience. Our students enter the job market as competent art therapists who work in health care facilities, residential facilities such as long-term care and assisted living, educational settings, and private practice.

  • The Marywood University Graduate Art Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.

  • Prepare for ATR registration, National Board Certification, PA LPC Licensure

Proud of Our Program!

  • The Retention Rate for students in the 2019-2021 cohort has been 100%.
  • On a recent survey of students in the 2019-2021 cohort, 87.5% of our Graduates reported that they were employed as Art Therapists within the first year of graduation.
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      Learn the Ethical Components of Healthcare with a Bioethics Certificate

      Earn a certificate in Bioethics and study the ethical issues that arise in our efforts to advance medical technology and improve human health.

      In the Bioethics Certificate program, students will learn how to think through complex ethical issues such as physician-assisted dying, decision-making for incompetent patients, access to healthcare, stem cell research, and the use of genetic technology in reproductive choices.

      • Employment in a variety of settings, including health care, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academic institutions, and more.
      • Online Courses are Available

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      Biology (Medical Laboratory Science)

      Biology (Medical Laboratory Science)

      Become an Expert in the Science of Medicine with a Medical Laboratory Science Degree

      With laboratories across the nation facing shortages, there has never been a better time to focus your studies in Medical Laboratory Science. This is a great career choice, especially if you enjoy hands-on work, multitasking, and devising solutions to intricate or perplexing clinical problems in diverse medical settings – from physicians' offices and clinics to pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.

      Medical Laboratory Science Degrees

      At Marywood, choose your preferred path of study from two options:

      1. Spend three years at Marywood fulfilling the University's requirements and those of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), with the fourth year spent in an accredited, affiliated hospital program.
      2. Complete a B.S. degree in Biology, meeting the necessary prerequisites, and then apply to affiliated schools of medical technology approved by the Board of Registry and/or NAACLS.
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      Biology (Pre-Physician Assistant)

      Biology (Pre-Physician Assistant)

      Start Your Journey to Becoming a PA with Undergraduate Schooling for Physician Assistants

      At Marywood, our selective B.S. degree for Biology Health Professionals is a pre-physician assistant track designed to provide students with both a general education and the science courses necessary to apply to a graduate PA program.

      This program provides baseline knowledge needed to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients—and to ensure students feel prepared for a career in health care.

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      Formulate your options with an Masters in Biotechnology

      Marywood University's professional science master's program in Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary graduate degree that blends modern science education with communication skills, management and business understanding, and analytical reasoning. 

      • The only graduate program of its kind in Northeastern Pennsylvania
      • 5-year B.S. to M.S. track or traditional 2-year M.S. track
      • An emphasis on either a research or business track

      The present market for scientists with a M.S. Biotechnology degree is strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that biomedical research is growing at a rate of 17% (2020 through 2030 period), double the average growth across all occupations. 

      • Excellent preparation for a career in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care, and more:
      • Ideal for mid and upper-level technical/lab research and business management/research positions
      • Ability to start a new company with a combination of M.S. in Biotechnology and business skills
      • Great career growth potential within existing and emerging biotechnology companies

      Companies currently employing our biotech graduates: Sanofi Pasteur | Biospeztra | Bristol Meyers Squibb | Novartis | Glaxo Smith Kine and more...

        5-year bachelor's to master's program

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        Clinical Mental Health Counseling

        Clinical Mental Health Counseling

        Improve Lives with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

        Clinical Mental Health Counselors help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

        This advanced degree in counseling prepares counselors for careers in settings such as mental health, child welfare and family counseling agencies; institutions for the aging; employment and personnel offices; parishes; college counseling centers and fields dealing with chemical dependency and other addictions. Students will earn the required educational credits to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. Because the program is CACREP-accredited, training in this program is recognized nationally (though specific laws and licensing regulations vary in each state).

        • Work with children, families, elderly, adults
        • Work in agencies, offices, parishes, colleges, addiction centers
        • Prepare for LPC licensure in PA
        • CACREP-accredited program
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        Clinical Psychology

        Clinical Psychology

        Apply Clinical Expertise and Develop a Compassionate Approach with a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

        DEADLINE: December 1, 2023 for Fall 2024 cohort. GRE tests are no longer required.

        Marywood University's APA-accredited* Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) prepares students to provide evidence-based and culturally-sensitive clinical services to diverse populations. Students develop competencies in nine areas, including: research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.

        • Meet requirements for PA licensure
        • State-of-the-art facilities
        • Predoctoral internships in a variety of settings across the country. The majority of students obtain APA-accredited internships.

        Internship Placements

        Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

        Program Aims

        • To provide students with foundational knowledge of the field of psychology in general and clinical psychology in particular.
        • To help students advance from novice to the early stages of competent clinician status in: research; ethics; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; and, consultation and interprofessional/interpersonal skills.
        • To teach students to view themselves as being life-long learners while also giving them the skills necessary to be critical and sophisticated consumers of research so that they may be able to independently and effectively apply future developments in the field to clinical practice.
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        Communication Sciences & Disorders (Pre-Professional)

        Communication Sciences & Disorders (Pre-Professional)

        Pursue a Fulfilling Health Career with a Communication Sciences and Disorders Degree

        At Marywood, we are focused on preparing you for a career as a speech-language pathologist. Certification in this field requires a master’s degree, so our program prepares you to become a certified practitioner by earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.

        A bachelor’s degree-only option is available for those pursuing careers in audiology.

        Our active, hands-on program offers extensive clinical practicum experiences, as students work with patients in our on-campus clinic, in outside professional settings, and through numerous community outreach efforts. Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the CSD program provides a challenging academic curriculum to prepare students, from a family-centered perspective, for professional careers serving children and adults with communication disorders.

        The undergraduate (pre-professional phase) portion of the program includes Marywood University’s core curriculum and all of the pre-professional courses that emphasize knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes.  

        The graduate (professional phase) portion of the program, which begins with the summer semester of the third undergraduate year, emphasizes academic coursework and clinical practicum experiences designed to foster knowledge and skills about the nature of speech, language, hearing and communication disorders and differences as well as swallowing disorders.

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        Counselor Education PK-12

        Counselor Education PK-12

        Enhance Student Success with a School Counseling Degree

        Marywood's school counseling program prepares students to become professional PK-12 school counselors, who are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master's degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students' academic, career and personal/social development needs by designing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, professional school counselors promote equity and access to a quality education and post-secondary options. They work with students individually, in small groups, and through classroom lessons. They collaborate with teachers, parents/guardians, and administrators. 

        A Master of Science degree in School Counseling provides skills and expertise in individual and group counseling, educational planning, and career development. It is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meets the Pennsylvania Department of Education's requirements for PK-12 school counseling certification. We rely heavily on one-to-one interactions between students and faculty mentors. A professor will periodically review your progress and help you reach your educational goals.

        • Individual and group counseling competencies
        • Design/manage comprehensive school counseling programs
        • Apply leadership and advocacy skills
        • Hands-on experience, state-of-the-art facilities

        Extensive Fieldwork Experience

        Students in our school counseling program complete a 600-hour supervised internship in a real-world counseling setting [300-hours elementary (PK-8) and 300-hours secondary (9-12)]. You can choose the school(s) at which you would like to complete your fieldwork experience, and this invaluable, hands-on experience allows you to put into practice skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.

        Upon degree completion, graduates:

        • Can apply for dual (PK-12) school counseling certification in Pennsylvania.
        • Possess all of the educational requirements for counseling licensure (LPC) in Pennsylvania.
        • Are able to apply for any master’s level counseling position, even if it is not within a school.
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        Exercise Science

        Exercise Science

        Strengthen Your Future with a Degree in Exercise Science 

        Marywood University is one of the best places to prepare for a career in the health professions. The programs are rigorous, providing students with the academic expertise and practical skills necessary to address our world’s most pressing healthcare challenges. As a student in the Exercise Science Program, you will prepare to become a leader in the industry. At Marywood, you’ll use technology and enjoy hands-on learning experiences under the guidance of dedicated faculty. A degree in Exercise Science provides you with a strong science base - including learning in anatomy, exercise physiology, movement assessment and nutrition- and then provides you with the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practical experiences working with real people.

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        Boost Your Professional Portfolio with a Gerontology Certification

        The Certificate in Gerontology is a post-baccalaureate certificate offering that provides health care professionals with vital leadership skills and promotes the uniqueness and dignity of the geriatric community and the role they play within our community.

        The increasing older population mandates the need for additional health care professionals with expertise in the field of gerontology. Current job markets have increasing availability for positions in the field of gerontology, so the addition of this certificate boosts the portfolio of health and behavioral care professionals. Marywood is currently the only regional provider of a gerontology certification program.

        • Only regional provider of a gerontology certification program
        • Boost your portfolio with a focus on elder care issues
        • Easy to add to your current master's program of study
        • Convenient, on-site opportunity for service learning at Marywood Heights, a university-based retirement community
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        Be In Demand with a Nursing Degree!

        Why Nursing?

        • Competitive salaries and flexible hours
        • Job stability and security
        • Unlimited career opportunities in hospitals, school settings, nursing homes, administration, case management, research, consulting, management, and administration
        • Opportunities for advanced practice as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, or other specialized roles
        • Work in specialty areas such as emergency nursing, critical care, pediatrics, obstetrics, behavioral health, community health/home health, and geriatrics
        • Start a career in nursing as a high school graduate, advance your current nursing career, or pursue a second career--we offer multiple pathways to your degree
        • Make a difference in the lives of diverse populations on a daily basis
        • The opportunity to change lives!

          Discover where you belong in this growing health care career! Depending on where you are in your career aspirations (pre-service, LPN, RN), Marywood offers different tracks of study, specially designed to meet your specific needs as you earn your BSN degree and advance your professional goals.

          Students are required to pass the NCLEX-RN examination to be granted licensure in the state in which they are applying. Graduates of the nursing program who successfully pass the NCLEX licensure exam are prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings, including: critical care, community health, public health, primary care, acute care, long-term care, home health, and mental health care, as well as pharmaceutical and administrative settings.

          • Interdisciplinary academic approach and hands-on clinical skills
          • Numerous career/practice opportunities
          • Three tracks: BSN, RN-BSN, and LPN-BSN
          • Highly skilled and involved faculty
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          Nursing (LPN to BSN)

          Nursing (LPN to BSN)

          Advance Your Nursing Career with the LPN to BSN Degree

          You're already an LPN working in the field, but you want to advance your nursing career with a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree. Marywood University offers a special, defined track of study just for you, in a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

          Knowledgeable and involved faculty work closely with you in leading-edge scientific facilities at Marywood, presenting nursing research from around the globe and guiding you as you pursue opportunities in the local region for hands-on clinical experience.

          Graduates of the nursing program who successfully pass the NCLEX licensure exam are prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings, including: critical care, community health, public health, primary care, acute care, long-term care, home health, and mental health care, as well as pharmaceutical and administrative settings.

          • Advance your nursing career
          • Specially designed LPN to BSN track of study
          • Highly credentialed faculty
          • Leading-edge scientific facilities

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          Nursing (RN to BSN)

          Nursing (RN to BSN)

          Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career Through the RN to BSN Online Nursing Degree 

          Working registered nurses (RNs) can take the next step in their career goals by pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) at Marywood University in a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We offer a special track of study, designed to meet your specific needs as you earn your RN to BSN degree and advance your professional goals.

          Knowledgeable and involved faculty work closely with you in leading-edge scientific facilities at Marywood, presenting nursing research from around the globe and guiding you as you pursue opportunities in the local region for hands-on clinical experience.

          Graduates of the nursing program who successfully pass the NCLEX licensure exam are prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings, including: critical care, community health, public health, primary care, acute care, long-term care, home health, and mental health care, as well as pharmaceutical and administrative settings.

          • Take the next step in your nursing career
          • Specially designed RN to BSN track of study
          • Highly credentialed faculty
          • Expand your professional practice opportunities
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          Nutrition and Dietetics

          Nutrition and Dietetics

          Become an Expert in Diet and Health with a Nutrition Degree

          Marywood's graduate nutrition program develops proficient professionals who are proactive in scholarship and leadership in their respective fields. A Master's in Nutrition from Marywood University will deepen and broaden your nutrition knowledge and skills, making you more valuable as a practitioner and positioning you as a professional who can prove the worth of their services.

          Learn to design, conduct, interpret, and apply research. Compete for more challenging professional opportunities, or enter doctoral programs in nutrition. Prepare for a variety of exciting, rewarding, in-demand nutrition careers:

          • Advocates who influence the development and interpretation of food and nutrition-related legislation
          • Clinicians who assess, plan, implement, and evaluate a client's nutrition care as a member of a health care team
          • Managers of resources who administer food service systems, community nutrition programs, and clinical practices
          • Educators who teach clients, healthcare professionals, employees, and the general public
          • Researchers who directly conduct nutrition-related research, or who interpret the research to the public
          • Food and Nutrition Specialists who provide accurate, up-to-date information
          • Deepen and broaden your nutrition skills
          • Prepare for/advance in a variety of exciting nutrition careers
          • 36-credit graduate degree program
          • Evening, summer, and some Saturday classes

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          Nutrition and Dietetics

          Nutrition and Dietetics

          Become a Certified Food Expert with a Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics!

          A degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University will prepare you to become a food and nutrition expert who can use evidence-based interventions to help people achieve their individual health goals. Registered dietitian nutritionists, or registered dietitians, are certified food and nutrition experts. Marywood's accredited undergraduate program in nutrition and dietetics will put you on the path to becoming an RDN. Nutrition and Dietetics is an in-demand field, due to the increased national focus on health and wellness, the aging population, and the increasing population of health-conscious people.

          Why Marywood Nutrition and Dietetics?

          A Marywood education will prepare you for leadership and service in this ever-changing and rapidly growing field. Plus, you’ll find flexibility in the Nutrition and Dietetics programs at Marywood University, no matter which degree path you choose.

          Marywood’s nutrition graduates have thrived due to the excellence of the program and the personalized attention it provides. Our faculty work with the students, getting to know them as individuals, and encouraging their growth in education, research, and service. We offer a challenging but supportive and nurturing environment that facilitates both professional and personal growth. Experiential learning opportunities and personalized guidance with the internship application process are also provided. Our Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) is actively engaged on-campus and in the surrounding community.


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          Nutrition and Wellness Track »

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          Physician Assistant

          Physician Assistant

          Make a Difference in Healthcare with a Physician Assistant Degree

          Earning a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from Marywood University prepares you for a medical career that's in demand and growing to meet expanding health care needs. The Physician Assistant Program at Marywood is committed to providing students with an exceptional education in a supportive and nurturing environment. This professional education will include the knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients in a variety of settings.

          We provide students with the foundation for professional growth through personalized attention, diverse clinical experience, and a commitment to excellence. Our students are encouraged to incorporate Marywood University’s goal of learning to live and practice medicine responsibly in an interdependent world. Our distinctive program offers a non-competitive team approach and specialized clinical tracks.

          The Master in Physician Assistant Studies program is 24 months in duration and begins in May.

          Didactic Year: The first 12 months are didactic and include classroom and laboratory work in basic and applied medical science. Typical classes are Monday through Friday and include 40 hours of coursework per week.

          Clinical Year: The final 12 months are clinical and include ten 5-week rotations. Students return to Marywood at the end of every 5-week rotation to participate in End-of-Rotation examinations, lectures geared toward PANCE review, and professional development activities. 

          • Classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experience
          • Ten, 5-week clinical rotations
          • Personalized attention from highly credentialed faculty
          • Specialty clinical tracks available in Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Surgery, and Addiction Medicine.

          5-Year Physician Assistant Program

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          Psychology (Clinical Services)

          Psychology (Clinical Services)

          Set Your Psychology Career in Motion with a Clinical Psychology Degree

          Clinical psychology is one of the largest specialty areas within psychology. Having a passion for discovery, learning, and listening are part of what it takes to be successful as a psychologist who delivers clinical or counseling services. Psychologists trained to provide clinical services work in research, education, training, and health sectors. Others specialize in areas such as counseling and school psychology. Working with numerous populations, they focus on individual differences, normal and abnormal behavior, mental and emotional health, healthy behaviors and mental disorders and their prevention.

          Earning a Bachelor of Science degree with the Psychology - Clinical Practices track at Marywood University will set your career as a psychologist in motion. Faculty provide you with an in-depth understanding of human behavior and are committed to a broad interdisciplinary study of humanity. You'll be trained in scientific and critical thinking and in research methods and statistical analysis; you'll learn to see psychology as an approach to solving problems and discovering new ideas. You will gain advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of clinical psychology along with applied experience through internship

          The 48-credit Clinical Track involves preparation for professional careers in clinical psychology and related areas, including but not limited to counseling, school psychology, and neuropsychology. Those who desire employment in the field immediately after graduation, and/or who seek to pursue graduate study in clinical psychology or related areas, should pursue the Clinical Track.

          • Internship opportuntiies
          • Preparation for field work after graduation 
          • Hands-on experience
          • State-of-the-art facilities
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          Respiratory Therapy

          Respiratory Therapy

          Be In Demand with a Respiratory Therapy Degree

          Do you...

          • Have an interest in pursuing a health profession?
          • Enjoy helping people in their time of need?
          • Like working with technology?
          • Perform well in math and science?
          • Prefer a profession with a lot of variety on the job?
          • Want to choose your work setting and the types of patients you serve?
          • Want to choose your work setting and the types of patients you serve?

          Respiratory Therapy is an allied health specialty that concentrates on the treatment, management, control, and care of patients’ breathing. A respiratory therapist is an integral part of the health care team that uses their didactic and clinical practice to evaluate treatments, therapeutics, medications and ventilation for the best outcomes for patients. A Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) prepares students to enter the workforce as registered respiratory therapists.

          • Classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experience - Seven regional hospitals for clinical rotation facilities
          • Four clinical rotations, from adult to neonatal
          • Intensive Care, Emergency Room, Neonatal, Pediatrics, Pulmonary Rehab, and more

          Employment of respiratory therapists has been projected to grow 23 percent between 2016 and 2026—much faster than the average for all occupations.

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          Respiratory Therapy (RRT to BSRT)

          Respiratory Therapy (RRT to BSRT)

          Advance Your Career with the Online RRT to BSRT Degree Advancement Program

          The online RRT to BSRT Degree Advancement Program (DAP) offers a relevant and challenging program that will impact graduates and the patients whom they treat. Students who graduate from the Degree Advancement Program earn a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT). The BSRT degree is earned completely online without having to relocate. Students network with other practicing professionals. Successful graduates will have the skills needed to advance in their field.

          • 100% online
          • RRT to BSRT degree
          • Flexible scheduling to continue and advance your career
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          School Psychology

          School Psychology

          Learn How to Build Trust and Learning Strategies with an Education Specialist Degree (Ed S)

          The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program in School Psychology is interdisciplinary in nature and is intended for students who seek state certification as a PreK-12 school psychologist. The Ed.S. degree program is designed as a 75-credit graduate program for students who wish to work in schools or related agencies. The program is competency-based and aims to train professionals in a scientist-practitioner model to provide the wide range of services expected of school psychologists. Emphasis throughout the program is on realistic integration of didactic instruction and experiential learning, with the candidate expected to demonstrate continual progress toward independent professional functioning.

          The Ed.S. degree program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and follows guidelines for School Psychology training, as set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) standards.

          Students may enter the program post-baccalaureate or post-master’s degree. Those seeking entrance post-baccalaureate earn a Master of Arts degree in Psychology upon completion of 48 credit hours and other degree requirements for the General/Theoretical concentration. Applicants seeking admission post-master’s degree should expect to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits, including a 1,200-hour internship, within three academic years. Part-time students, entering post-baccalaureate, are expected to complete the program and internship within five years.

          • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring
          • Assess barriers to learning, determine strategies to improve learning
          • Promote wellness and resilience
          • Work with students, families, teachers, administrators
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          Social Work

          Social Work

          Focus on Helping Others with a BSW Degree

          Social work is a dynamic and challenging profession, rich in a tradition of helping. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program at Marywood is part of a nationally recognized School of Social Work. On the undergraduate level, we prepare generalist social work practitioners who are able to help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students who graduate with a social work degree acquire the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills necessary for beginning professional social work practice. The curriculum consists of liberal arts, social-behavioral science, and professional social work courses. As part of the curriculum, students complete a series of three field experiences, one of which is a 450-hour field placement in a community social agency during the fall semester of the senior year. Field experiences take place in the freshman, junior, and senior years.

          Five-Year Dual Degree Option »

          At Marywood, you can earn both a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in just five years. The social work degrees will prepare you for a career in a variety of social work settings.

          • Field experience in first year of study
          • Dual-degree option
          • Extracurricular learning through local/state conferences
          • Active student organization
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          Social Work

          Social Work

          Flexible Options to Earn Your MSW Degree

          Since opening its doors in 1969, Marywood's nationally recognized School of Social Work has educated more than 4,000 social workers, making it the leading provider of social work education in Northeast Pennsylvania. Our MSW program is perfect for both those entering the social work field and current practitioners looking for advanced education.

          Convenient Full- and Part-time Programs

          Earning a Master of Social Social Work is convenient and flexible. Full-time, part-time, and weekend programs are available:

          • Scranton (Marywood University)
          • Lehigh Valley (DeSales University)

          Field Placements

          Our MSW program pairs traditional classroom courses with hands-on field placements to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist diverse populations of people. Students are placed in a variety of social service agencies throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. We will assist you in selecting an appropriate and convenient field placement. If you work at a social service agency, you may be able to complete your field work there.

          Dual Degree Programs

          We also offer dual degree programs for those interested in both advanced social work training and expertise in administration and management. You can earn two master's degrees in less time than it would take to complete them separately, by pairing a Master degree in Social Work with one of the follow related degrees:

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          Address Important Societal Issues with a Sociology Degree

          Consider Sociology if you are interested in:

          • Raising awareness of urgent social problems
          • Exploring connections between the individual and the larger social structure
          • Acquiring a working knowledge of research methods and analytic skills essential for problem solving

          Our faculty members are experienced teachers and respected scholars in their fields, who maintain open and engaging faculty-student relationships. They're dedicated to helping you put together a program to meet your needs. Students who major in sociology take courses on topics such as social and economic inequality, urbanization and societal development, violent conflict, and the role of media and social institutions. Those who earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology find employment in a diverse range of fields, including management, marketing, sales, research institutes, and governmental services.

          • Pursue a program that fits your interests
          • Raise awareness of urgent social issues 
          • Learn important research and analytic skills
          • Prepare for a diverse array of professional options
          • Transferable Skills

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          Speech Language Pathology

          Speech Language Pathology

          Be a Voice for Others with a Speech-Language Pathology Degree

          Serve Children and Adults with Communication Disorders

          The SPL program is designed to provide students with a variety of academic course work and clinical practicum experiences, according to the standards set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), to prepare them, from a family-centered perspective, for professional careers serving children and adults who have communication disorders. The faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to providing students with a quality education and opportunities to integrate theory and research into clinical practice.

          Degree Tracks

          Five-year Program

          Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

          This program allows students to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree by designing an academic and clinical curriculum sequence that extends across five years.

          This five-year program provides a rigorous, intensive curriculum sequence tailored to students who are focused on their educational achievements and who are goal oriented. Students who do not meet the academic requirements to transition to the professional (graduate) phase of the program will complete only the pre-professional (undergraduate) phase and earn a bachelor of science degree at the end of their fourth year.

          Two-Year (Five Semesters) Master's Program

          Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Speech-Language Pathology  

          This two-year graduate-level program is offered to qualified individuals with a bachelor's degree. There is limited availability for admission to this program. Students with an out-of-field undergraduate degree can be provisionally admitted to the master’s program, however, they must successfully complete a year of CSD pre-requisite (undergraduate level) coursework prior to starting the two-year graduate level program.

          The graduate program provides a structured sequence of rigorous academic courses and clinical practicum experiences that prepare students for entry-level practice in the field of speech-language pathology. Individuals with such a background and earned graduate degree often pursue careers in various work settings such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and private practice.

          • Become a certified speech-language pathologist
          • Help people with communication difficulties
          • Work in private practice and institutional settings
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          Sports Nutrition & Exercise Science

          Sports Nutrition & Exercise Science

          Push Your Career to New Levels with a Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science Degree

          Push your mind, body, and career to new levels with a Masters in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science. Our 36-credit program can be completed in just two years. With our small class sizes and leading-edge facilities and labs, Marywood provides students with a personalized, hands-on education.

          Applicants to the Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science program usually have a bachelor's degree in nutrition, dietetics, or an exercise related field. They must have at least one year of anatomy and physiology and one chemistry course from an accredited institution. Other individuals are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they must take various undergraduate courses as prerequisites.

          • Integrate theories, practices, skills of sports nutrition and exercise science
          • Small class sizes, leading-edge facilities and labs
          • 36-credit graduate degree program
          • Evening, summer, and some Saturday classes

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          Not Sure What You Want to Study? Enroll Undeclared.

          Like many undergraduate students, you may have decided to delay your pursuit of a specific major. You are not alone!

          Did you know that 10 percent of freshmen applicants are undecided?

          The good news is that, at Marywood, there are people you can talk with and specific things you can do to help you make career and academic choices.

          Our advisors are ready to help you discover which program is right for you. 

          As an undeclared student, you will either be advised by a faculty member in one of your areas of interest or by specially trained professional staff. Your advisor will assist you in developing an individualized academic plan, which will include liberal arts core courses to learn about various areas of study that may appeal to you and introductory courses in your areas of interest.

          • Individualized academic plan
          • Explore 50+ academic programs
          • 100+ clubs and student organizations
          • 22 NCAA varsity athletic sports, a newly launched Esports program, and 25+ intramural sports
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          Not Sure Which is Right for You?

          Connect with a knowledgable Health & Wellness program admissions counselor to explore your options.