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Health & Medicine Profile


Springfield College has a national reputation for educating tomorrow’s leaders in some of the most vital and stimulating health care careers. Graduates enter the workforce or advanced education with a competitive advantage—top-quality academic preparation and real-world experience in their fields.

Recognizing the excellence of a Springfield College education, several medical schools guarantee acceptance or give preferred admission consideration to qualified Springfield College students, some as early as in their sophomore year. Our health programs are accredited by their respective professional associations, and our graduates have an extremely high rate for passing licensure exams and other state and national criteria for practice in health fields. Students interested in a career in medicine can take advantage of the Springfield College Premedical Scholars Program, an office dedicated to academic advising and counseling for students intending to pursue advanced education in medicine and the sciences.

As early as their first year, students put their classroom learning to practice through field work or service learning. It’s a learning advantage based in the historic mission of the College—education in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Since the founding of Springfield College in 1885, this service philosophy, called Humanics, has guided all aspects of campus life. Students develop their abilities while improving the quality of life in the greater community. Springfield College has been named one of the 25 “best neighbor” urban colleges in America and has received other national recognition for its involvement in its community, including being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.

The place where James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891, Springfield College is known today for providing a balanced and diversified educational experience. It’s a vibrant campus with excellent facilities, a rich array of cocurricular activities, health and wellness programs, arts and cultural events, and one of the largest athletics programs in the nation for a mid-sized college.  

The campus
Springfield College is located in a picturesque New England setting on about 150 acres in the Pioneer Valley.  It’s an easy drive to Boston and New York City. Top-quality academic facilities include a number of newly renovated classroom buildings and laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities. Ten residence halls offer single-sex and coeducational living options, as well as relatively independent living for upperclass students. There are several dining and snack services, and the main dining facility offers a variety of innovative fresh food stations.

Technologically up-to-date, the campus has wireless Internet access, smart classrooms, computer labs, a video conferencing facility, a conference center, a new language laboratory, and more.

Science facilities include the newly renovated Schoo-Bemis Science Center with the latest equipment; the new Athletic Training/Exercise Science Complex, cited as one of the most outstanding in the nation; and the Health Sciences Center (with a human anatomy laboratory; sophisticated equipment for isokinetic strength testing, motion analysis, EMG, and physiological analysis; and a variety of treatment modalities). Our students learn in a living laboratory for ex-ercise physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics.

Herbert P. Blake Hall is home to a state-of-the-art medical simulation lab, featuring high-fidelity 3G adult and baby patient simulator mannequins that respond to treatment as human patients would. Herbert P. Blake Hall also contains a physical diagnostic lab, patient treatment rooms, fully equipped EMS labs, the latest cardiac monitoring and training devices, the Airman II computerized difficult airway Manikin system, a modified ambulance, cardiac monitor defibrillators, and other equipment. Locklin Hall contains a well-equipped rehabilitation assessment and counseling services center.

Extensive athletic and recreational facilities include a new Field House and Wellness Center, considered to be among the finest of their kind in the country. They contain strength and conditioning facilities, a newly surfaced six-lane running track, multipurpose courts, classrooms, laboratories, and more. There are also several sports fields with synthetic surfaces; a six-lane, 50-meter pool; a 2,000-seat multipurpose arena with upper-level jogging track; a gymnastics center; a wrestling room; and racquetball/handball and newly surfaced tennis courts. There are baseball and softball fields, an eight-lane outdoor track, and indoor batting/pitching cages.

For arts studies and programs, the newly renovated Fuller Arts Center with Appleton Auditorium is the site of performances, and the Visual Arts Center contains studio work space and a public exhibition center.

Students
• Springfield College is the first choice of 75% of its first-year students.
• They are men and women of distinguished academic ability who aspire to careers of service to others.
• They include 3,500 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students on the main campus and at 10 School of Human Services campuses around the United States.
• They come from 41 states and 16 foreign countries, mostly from the northeastern corridor of the United States.
• More than 85% of first-year students on the main campus return as sophomores, and more than two-thirds complete their degrees within five years—both figures well above the national average.
• Most students live on the campus (86%).

Faculty
• Springfield College faculty members are recognized experts in their fields, known nationally and internationally.
• There are 214 full-time members, 80% of whom have earned the highest degrees in their fields.
• Faculty provide close personal attention to students, with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1.

Career Services
• Graduates enter their careers well prepared. Students and alumni benefit from workshops on interviewing and job search strategies, résumé and graduate school preparation, and networking with alumni for information and referrals.

Alumni
• Forming a network around the world, more than 44,000 Springfield College graduates live in most U.S. states and many countries. Alumni events around the nation keep graduates connected to the College and each other.

Athletics
• Springfield College offers 26 varsity sports for men and women, seven club sports, and extensive intramurals.
• The College competes in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
• Faculty and alumni have played active roles in the Olympics as athletes, coaches, trainers, sport psychologists, officials, members of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), and volunteers.
• The outstanding coaching staff also teaches, and many have received regional and national coaching awards.

Student Activities
• More than 45 opportunities for student involvement include academic-interest clubs, special-interest clubs, special-event clubs, honor societies, campus broadcasts and publications, performing arts, and more.
• An ongoing series of visual and performing arts programs, open to the public, includes concerts, art exhibitions, theater presentations, film festivals, and readings by noted
authors.

 

 

AT A GLANCE

Undergraduate Programs in Health-Related Fields
• Applied Exercise Science
• Art Therapy
• Athletic Training*
• Athletic Training/Doctorate in Physical Therapy*#
• Biology
• Communication Sciences and Disorders
• Emergency Medical Services Management
• Health Care Management
• Health Education
• Health Science
• Nutritional Sciences
• Occupational Therapy*+
• Physical Education (Movement and Sport Studies)
• Physical Therapy*++
• Physician Assistant*+
• Psychology
• Recreation Management
• Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
• Sociology
• Sports Biology

*     Special deadlines and requirements apply
+    Six-year program leading to a Master of
Science degree
++    Six-year program leading to a doctorate
#    Seven-year program leading to a doctorate

2015–2016 Costs
• Undergraduate tuition at the main campus in Springfield is $34,455.  Room and board is $11,540.

Financial Aid
• More than 85% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.
• Undergraduates on the Springfield campus receive more than $21 million annually in Springfield College grants, $2.5 million in federal and state grants, and $2.4 million in private grants.  
• The Office of Financial Aid administers $24 million in federal and private student loans.

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