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Health & Medicine Profile

Start your health sciences career in a thriving metropolitan city with some of the leading health care organizations in the world.

Why Jacksonville University for your health professions preparation?
Jacksonville, Florida, is a hub for health care, home to industry leaders such as the Mayo Clinic, Florida Blue, Brooks Rehabilitation, MD Anderson, UF Health, Johnson & Johnson, and other major hospital systems. These important partners work with our nationally acclaimed faculty, providing our health science students with experiential opportunities. Together with small classes, cutting-edge labs, and top-rated faculty, they make JU the right choice for your health care degree.

Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences
One of four colleges at Jacksonville University, the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences is focused on preparing students to join a workforce community of health care professionals who provide exemplary service and care to a diverse population. Our faculty and staff are innovative, creative, and engaged in advancing the knowledge and skills to improve the delivery of health and human services. The College consists of three schools: the highly regarded School of Nursing, the School of Applied Health Sciences, and the post-dental School of Orthodontics.

School of Nursing
The School of Nursing has been setting the standard for nursing education for more than 30 years, starting with its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Now we include nearly every aspect of a nursing career, from bachelor’s degrees to our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) offering programs in a number of graduate specialties.

Nursing students are educated in the Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center, which provides an invaluable experiential and hands-on learning experience. The STAR Center enhances critical thinking and psychomotor skills that are fundamental to health sciences education and patient care in a simulated environment. The experience creates a safe learning environment that builds students’ confidence, communication techniques, assessment skills, and critical-thinking abilities, advancing their clinical skills proficiency with varying levels of patient acuity.

In addition to resources like the STAR lab, the Nursing Skills Laboratory is dedicated to providing a supportive learning environment with emphasis upon educating students to be self-assured, competent professional nurses. Learning the fundamental nursing skills establishes the foundation for increasingly complex simulation experiences that are incorporated throughout the undergraduate program.

School of Applied Health Sciences
This innovative and exciting new school is comprised of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, and graduate Health Informatics and Mental Health Counseling. Professionals in the applied health sciences deliver direct patient care, rehabilitation, treatment, diagnostics, and health improvement interventions to restore and maintain the best physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive, and social functions.

Kinesiological Sciences program: beyond exercise science
Kinesiology is the choice for undergraduate students seeking careers in the traditional areas of health and fitness, health promotion, and sport science, as well as a new area of “movement science,” where students use technology to study human movement in sport, exercise, and clinical settings.

Kinesiologists are experts in physical activity and strive to understand its impact on health, society, and quality of life. The curriculum includes biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, orthopedics, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, sport and exercise psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning, sport science, and exercise science. Students in JU’s Kinesiology program get hands-on experience from the start through undergraduate research opportunities, clinical practicums, and our biomechanics laboratory. Our Division I athletics and adaptive rowing program provide additional experiential learning opportunities.

Communication Sciences and Disorders: preparation for a career in speech-language pathology
The Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students to enter the industry at a variety of levels, including community and educational positions, as well as occupations that assist professions in speech-language pathology, audiology, education, and other communication technology industries.

Students will receive a strong foundation of science courses capped with an internship experience in the health, rehabilitation, or educational fields. Graduate degrees at the master’s level are necessary to work as speech-language pathologists. Students will be well-prepared for transition into a graduate program in speech-language pathology. With access to some of the top faculty in communication sciences and disorders, students entering the program will be well positioned for graduate school and this highly competitive career.

Great education in a great setting
Jacksonville University’s beautiful, residential campus includes a dedicated freshman residence hall, suite-style underclassman halls, and upperclassman student apartments. Amenities include the River House student center and pub, workout facilities, pool, tennis, sand volleyball, and acres of riverfront greens and jogging trails.

Visit Jacksonville University
To really get to know us, come for a visit. You can check out our virtual tour online, then schedule a personal tour.


• Established: 1934
• Enrollment: 4,000+
• Student-faculty ratio: 14:1
• Colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, and Healthcare Sciences
• Schools: Aviation, Education, Nursing, Applied Health Sciences, Orthodontics (post-doctoral)
• 18 NCAA Division I sports and two intercollegiate varsity sports
• Top 4% in number of undergraduate research abstracts accepted for presentation at National Council on Undergraduate Research (2007–2015)
• 100+ student clubs
• More than 29,000 alumni from all 50 states and more than 92 countries
• Distinguished master’s and doctoral programs
• Financial aid: 94% of JU students receive some form of financial assistance, including merit aid, need-based aid, and other forms of scholarships.
• More than 500 major employers
• 5 minutes from downtown

• Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
• Accreditation candidacy from the Council on Academic Accreditation Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
• Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Prime location
Named one of Forbes’s Top 10 Best Cities for finding employment, Jacksonville is a thriving metropolitan hub with unique neighborhoods, restaurants, beaches, arts and culture venues, and countless entertainment options. Our sunny city offers professional football, baseball, soccer, and PGA championship golf, plus year-round recreational activities like fishing, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, and more.