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A premier private institution and an “America’s Best College” in the South as recognized by U.S.News & World Report, Jacksonville University is host to graduate degree offerings that can increase knowledge, foster connections, and advance careers. Our advanced academic programs, including those in health care, also provide unparalleled opportunities for intensive research, collaboration, and experiential learning.

The Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences
Jacksonville University’s College of Health Sciences, which houses the School of Nursing, the School of Orthodontics, and the newly created School of Applied Health Sciences, is poised to be the region’s premier provider of health science education. Preparing students for careers defined by excellence in practice, community service, and lifelong professional development, the College of Health Sciences’ faculty and staff are innovative, creative, and engaged in advancing the knowledge and skills for improving the delivery of health and human services. Likewise, the College’s facilities boast dedicated classrooms, meeting rooms, and state-of-the-art simulation and scientific teaching labs, including the Simulation Training and Applied Research Center, the Novel Equipment Workspace Speech Pathology Lab, and the Physically Active Lifestyles Lab. 

The College offers bachelor’s degrees in nursing, communication sciences and disorders, and kinesiology. Graduate programs include the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.-S.L.P.), a Master of Science in Health Informatics (M.S.H.I.), a three-year orthodontic residency/master’s program, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.).

Master of Science in Nursing
With the goal of educating nurses who can demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills proficiency, the Master of Science in Nursing program (M.S.N.) prepares students for leadership roles in the profession. Graduates will formulate more comprehensiveconcepts and principles related to nursing education and patient care management. The graduate program in nursing also prepares students to continue study at the Doctorate level.

Within the M.S.N. program, we offer concentrations for family nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners/emergency nurse practitioners, leadership in the health care system, and clinical nurse educators.

Master of Science in Health Informatics
Jacksonville University’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (M.S.H.I.) prepares students to be leaders within the complex and dynamic health care industry through the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of technology-based innovations in the field.
This fast-growing field is receivingconsiderable nationwide attention, and upon program completion, graduates of the program will be among the first generation of professionals trained to provide this important expertise. Employment opportunities upon completion can be found in industries such as health care management, systems development, project and program management, technology sales and service, care management and clinical decision support, database administration, and consulting.

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program (M.S. S.L.P.) at Jacksonville University is designed for those students planning careers as speech therapists. Taught non-stop throughout fall, spring, and summer sessions over two years, graduates of the program will be knowledgeable and skilled in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of speech, voice, swallowing, language, and cognitive disorders and be able to assess and treat individuals with diverse medical needs.

Speech-language pathologists can work in schools, hospitals, and private health offices and diagnose, treat, and prevent a variety of communication, speech, and language disorders. 

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling 
The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (M.S.-C.M.H.C.) program is a practitioner-oriented program that meets Florida licensurerequirements, with an option for dual licensure in marriage and family therapy. Our two-year, full-time M.S.-C.M.H.C. program is based on best-practice criteria, and in addition to preparing you to become a licensed mental health counselor, it includes course work in marriage, couples, and family counseling.

Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a dynamic and comprehensive program that prepares registered nurses for leadership positions in multiple domains of health care. The D.N.P. is the terminal degree that prepares nurses in the application of research to clinical nursing practice at the highest individual, population, and systems levels. Doctoral students gain knowledgeof various disciplines, including nursing, medicine, economics, informatics, education, and health policy, with a goal of transforming health care delivery. The Jacksonville University School of Nursing offers both a post-master’s D.N.P. as well as a B.S.N. to D.N.P. for RNs interested in pursuing FNP certification.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Orthodontics

The Advanced Specialty Education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics offers a 24-month certificate program through the School of Orthodontics. The program combines didactic, clinical, and research components, leading to a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S.) in Orthodontics. Students will undertake an intensive, continuous, full-time course of study, as well as supervised clinical training in various contemporary orthodontic techniques. In addition, students are introduced to a variety of treatment philosophies, with an emphasis on preadjusted appliances and related techniques in the school’s state-of-the-art orthodontic clinical facility.




Programs offered:
• M.S.N. Leadership in the Healthcare System (Cohort)
• M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Educator (Cohort)
• Family Nurse Practitioner
• Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner
• Joint M.S.N./M.B.A.
• Online M.S.N.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 37% growth in demand for educated individuals prepared to be administrators, specialists, consultants, educators, and researchers in the health care industry.  

According to the Bureau of Labor, employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 19% from 2012–2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population grows older, there will be more instances of health conditions that cause speech or language impairments, such as strokes and hearing loss.