Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY

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Experience life at Eastern Kentucky University, a historic public institution known for its welcoming community, small class sizes, challenging academic programs, beautiful campus, and dynamic student life.

Become a leader in health care 
EKU’s College of Health Sciences is well respected in the health community, preparing students to excel in the ever-changing world of health care. Its unique programs are nationally accredited. Its caring, dedicated faculty are internationally recognized in their fields. Graduates go on to have fulfilling careers as nurses, occupational therapists, nutritionists, and more. Continue reading to explore a few potential pathways that begin at EKU. 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the College’s largest program and one of its best recognized. Many Kentucky doctors say they would rather work with nurses trained at EKU than anywhere else. In 2013, EKU was theonly Kentucky college to achieve a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX. Students can earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in Nursing, graduating ready to provide excellent patient care for in-demand positions.

Occupational Therapy
According to U.S. News & World Report, occupational therapy is one of the 25 best current career paths in terms of wages and employability. Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings, and EKU is a leader in preparing them. Recognized by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, EKU’s OT program is ranked among the nation’s top 20. Experienced faculty combine real-world practice and scholarship to create a vibrant learning environment. Students can earn their bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and a master’s or doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from EKU.

Exercise and Sport Science
Students who dream of an exercise-related career such as a coach, physical therapist, athletic trainer, or physical education teacher should explore EKU’s Exercise and Sports Science degree program. The ESS program prepares students with a combination of cutting-edge theories and practical learning experiences. Classes are taught by outstanding faculty in state-of-the-art facilities. The well-known Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Bachelor’s degree options include Physical Fitness and Wellness Management, Pre-athletic Training/Pre-physical Therapy, and Sport Management. The Department also offers minors, certificates, and master’s programs.

Environmental Health Science
As one of only 31 US programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council, EKU’s Environmental Health Science program studies human health, the environment, and how the two interact. EHS students will find extensive co-op, internship, and study abroad opportunities. This in-demand degree leads to lucrative careers in government agencies or private firms, working in quality control, industrial hygiene and safety, loss control and risk assessment, and more.

Public Health
A Public Health degree from EKU opens the door to a meaningful career. Professionals in the field educate communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and research disease and injury prevention. EKU offers several pathways to a public health career, like a bachelor’s degree concentration in Community Health, pre-professional options, and a 3+2 option in which students earn their bachelor’s and master’s in just five years. The master’s program, which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, offers concentrations in Environmental Health Science, Health Promotion, and Industrial Hygiene.

Medical Laboratory Science
Students who enjoy problem-solving, hands-on work, and independence should check out the EKU Medical Laboratory Science program. A bachelor’s degree in MLS prepares graduates for an exciting career in a medical laboratory, research center, hospital, or other lab setting. With faster-than-average job growth, there are plenty of opportunities for EKU MLS graduates.

Health Service Administration
As health care becomes more complex, the need for qualified health care administrators grows rapidly. An HSA degree from EKU prepares graduates to plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care services. Students take a unique blend of business and health care coursework to prepare them for success. Bachelor’s degree concentrations include Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) and Health Care Management (HCM). The Informatics concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

See for yourself
Those are just a few of the health-related programs offered by EKU. Want to learn more? Plan your visit now to experience firsthand why EKU is a special place that feels like home.
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EKU Invests in You
The value of a college education is priceless; that’s why EKU invests in you. To learn what institutional scholarships you may qualify for, enter your test scores and unweighted GPA into EKU’s online Scholarship Estimator.

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