School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Athletic Training | Exercise Science | Exercise & Sport Science | Health Promotion and Management | Health Science | Nursing | Nutritional Sciences | Nutrition and Human Performance | Public Health | Rehabilitation Sciences

Compassionate Health Professionals

Home to leading programs and research efforts, and guided by our Augustinian values, we prepare students to be highly skilled, compassionate and ethical health professionals. Our mission is to provide a quality, innovative education built upon strong science, emerging technologies and real-world foundational experiences. 

Students are mentored in the development of career-related skills in a student-centered curriculum that fosters an active learning environment and practical experience in health care and human performance. 

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Largest Program in New England

Students gain clinical experience, prepare for board certification and work with diverse clinical populations, superior faculty and cutting-edge technology.

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Career Outcomes Rate

94% of Nursing and Health Sciences undergraduate alumni were either employed, participating in voluntary service, or continuing their education within nine months of graduation.

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Student-Faculty Ratio

With a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, you will get to know your professors — experts who have literally been there and done that and want to help you do the same.

Graduate Programs

Northeastern University, Sacred Heart University, MCPHS and Merrimack are just some of the graduate programs Nursing and Health Sciences graduates are attending.



Nursing Program Receives Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Merrimack College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The accreditation process was finalized once the first cohort of students graduated in 2023.



Explore all that the School of Nursing and Health Sciences has to offer inside and outside of the classroom to tailor your experience to your unique needs, goals and dreams. 

Faculty and students putting Manikin on stretcher

Health Sciences Graduate Fellowships link graduate study with an on-site practicum experience, building your professional skills and accelerating your career path.

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Our health professions advising program will help guide you on pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet and pre-physician assistant career pathways.

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The Center for Health Inclusion, Research and Practice (CHIRP) focuses on closing the gaps in systematic health disparities.

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The 20,000-square-foot Nursing Center provides state-of-the-art facilities including simulation labs and classrooms.


I chose to attend Merrimack after attending the open house where I got the chance to experience what it would be like pursuing my degree in exercise science, along with what opportunities the School of Nursing and Health Sciences provided for their students.

I also wanted to continue my figure skating career through college, and Merrimack had a club figure skating team I would be able to join. Merrimack’s Exercise Science major provided me with the essential groundwork of knowledge to prepare me to be successful when pursuing my doctorate degree in physical therapy.”

Kaylyn Stewart, ’23
Exercise Science Major
Inpatient Physical Therapist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Kaylyn Stewart

Student, Faculty & Staff Highlights

Anthony Fortuna
Undergraduate Student
"The level of education and opportunities that were available within the program made me choose Merrimack. Merrimack's connections have led me to several different opportunities within my field of strength and conditioning."
Exercise Science Major
Graduate Student
“Merrimack offers a fellowship opportunity that allows us to gain real-world experience in a field that we are interested in, and we are able to use it in our career search post-graduation. I couldn’t believe how affordable the program is."
M.S., Community Health Education
Zi Yan
Faculty Member
Professor Zi Yan recently published “Run Kids: Exercise Physiology and Parents Practice Guide” in her home country that uses scientific evidence, as well as her own reflections as an expert to educate parents.
Professor, Nutrition & Public Health
Taylor Khoury
Undergraduate Student
"Merrimack’s class size allows for genuine connections with your professors, which helped me do well in the classroom. I knew Merrimack’s exercise science program would prepare me to pursue a career within strength and conditioning."
Exercise Science & Psychology Major
April Pelligrini
Graduate Student
"I loved being able to do my clinical hours off campus at other schools to see how other institutions practice athletic training. I also appreciated the program director’s and other instructors’ ability to listen to my feedback.”
M.S., Athletic Training
Headshot of Mark Adelung
Faculty Member
Among Adelung’s most fulfilling care experiences was three medical missions to Haiti through the Foundation for Peace, an organization that works directly with communities to meet the needs of people living there.
Associate Clinical Professor,
John McBain
Undergraduate Student
"Through this Merrimack internship, I was able to continue developing my professionalism, improve my communication skills and really expand upon both my exercise science and psychology degrees."
Exercise Science & Psychology Major
Anna Perrotti
Graduate Student
"Merrimack has given me a great skill set as a clinician and has also provided a smooth transition between my undergraduate education and my graduate education as the 3+2 is an accelerated program."
M.S., Exercise Science
Inyene Essien-Aleksi
Faculty Member
"I tell my students that even if you don’t have a career plan, it’s always valuable for students to explore and use every available resource in your institution to expose yourself to what may be possible.”
Assistant Professor,
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Get Involved: Clubs & Organizations

There are endless opportunities to get involved at Merrimack and right within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Gain different perspectives, put learning into action and learn from peers and faculty advisors through one of our School of Nursing and Health Sciences clubs:

  • Athletic Training Club

  • Nursing Club

  • Active Minds

  • Health Profession Club


What started as blog postings during the pandemic evolved into Professor Zi Yan becoming a published author in her home country.


Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Athletic Training Birgid Hopkins, MS, ATC, was featured in a Board of Certification For the Athletic Trainer article on preparing students for the BOC exam.


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