Chatham University

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The highly-competitive School of Health Sciences (SHS) at Chatham University stands in stark contrast to the “lost in the crowd” medical, psychology, and nursing programs at many larger universities:

  1. Our approach to learning places students in a position of active responsibility for absorbing and mastering content. They learn new material by confronting and solving problems as applied to actual clinical cases.
  2. Students learn from dedicated faculty members – many of whom are practicing clinicians themselves – in a close-knit atmosphere known for providing personal attention to every student.
  3. The School's unique makeup allows for interprofessional education among students in nursing, psychology, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

SHS programs are highly selective, with an approximate 25% acceptance rate (400 accepted out of 1,700 applicants). We excel in training students through problem-based learning, fostering critical thinking skills, and encouraging students to serve local, national, and international communities through service-oriented programs for medically-underserved populations. Our graduates are highly skilled, ethically and culturally aware, and highly sought after, with students achieving near-100% licensure rates across our programs and 100% employment rates six months after graduation.

Facts & Figures

Faculty Highlights

  • Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky is an assistant professor in the counseling psychology program, and her areas of academic interest include the social determinants of immigrants and refugee health and cross-cultural psychology.

  • Dr. Ingrid Provident is an associate professor in the occupational therapy programs and serves as an overseas expert to the accreditation team for the OT program at the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. She also works closely with the African OT Association, and will be presenting in both Tanzania and Kenya related to global OT partnerships.

  • Dr. Debra Wolf is an associate professor in the nursing programs and is a known international speaker, having presented at health conferences in Finland, France, and China. Dr. Wolf was selected as a Nursing Ambassador to China, where she has collaborated with multiple healthcare organizations related to quality improvement.

  • Dr. Joe Schreiber is program director for the Physical Therapy program. He is active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, serving as President of the Section on Pediatrics and honored with organizational service awards in 2016 and 2017. He is also the faculty liaison for Chatham's GoBabyGo! club.

  • Susan Hawkins has been with the PA Program since its inception in 1995 and continues to tend and nurture problem-based learning (PBL) at Chatham. She is currently participating research on a scale for PBL readiness, facilitator experience, and PBL supervision, along with giving yearly workshops at the Pennsylvania Society of PAs Education Conference.


Perfecting the Art of Patient Care

“Chatham's problem-based learning approach trains their students to have not only an extensive knowledge base, but also the ability to quickly and creatively adapt to the tasks and challenges they encounter daily. After personally working with a Chatham Master of Physician Assistant Studies graduate for several years, I am grateful to have her on my healthcare team.”

– Freddie H. Fu, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Chatham Eastside

The School of Health Sciences is located at Chatham Eastside, part of the Shadyside Campus. Chatham Eastside is in Pittsburgh's bustling East End district, near Bakery Square, a vibrant retail district that is home to Google's Pittsburgh office. The building was a LEED-Silver renovation project that uses sustainable design practices, recycled materials, and energy-efficient lighting to create academic and social space within a green environment. See more.

International Collaboration

  • The School is known for its international collaboration with the CRECER organization in Ibarra, Ecuador where faculty and students participate in service learning experiences related to Occupational and Physical Therapy.
  • Our most recent international collaboration has been with the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences. Chinese nurses apply to this very competitive program in order to study at Chatham for a year and receive their Master's of Nursing Degree.
  • Some of our programs include international travel opportunities to provide services in healthcare settings.


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Physical Therapy: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

Physician Assistant Studies: Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Nursing: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Occupational Therapy: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Counseling Psychology: American Psychological Association (APA)

Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)

M.S. in Counseling Psychology: Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council