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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Professions, Department of

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Dr. Kirk Armstrong, Department Head

Phone: (540) 568-7658                                                                            
Location: Health and Behavioral Studies, Room 3095                     

H. Amato, P. Maxwell

Associate Professors
J. Akers, D. Cockley, Ö. Ersin, J. Frye, S. Maiewski, C. Peterson, A. Temple, D. Torisky, J. Wenos

Assistant Professors
A. Dengo, K. Liskey, A. Russell Yun, W. Simmons, A. Skelly, J. Walsh, G. Weniger,  X. You

K. Harrison, E. Richardson

M. Michalik


The purpose of the Department of Health Professions is to contribute to the liberal arts education of all students and prepare students for professional careers in the health professions and/or for entry into professional programs.


The goals of the Department of Health Professions are to:

  • Promote the health and well-being of the JMU community.
  • Support the General Education program.
  • Educate health professionals.
  • Provide service to the community, the state, the region and the nation.
  • Conduct, disseminate and publish research/scholarship in health professions.

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist 
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Fitness Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist (Graduate Program)
  • Physician Assistant (Graduate Program)

Co-curricular Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Madison Athletic Training Student Association
  • Health Administration Student Association
  • JMU Dietetic Association
  • JMU Physician Assistant Student Society
  • JMU Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Association
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Society
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club

Special Admission Requirements

Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to all academic majors and minors. Special applications are required for admission to the clinical portions of the athletic training program, the dietetics program and the health services administration program.

Degree Offerings

The Department of Health Professions offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies



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