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Health Sciences

Department of Health Sciences


The Department of Health Sciences recognizes the many opportunities for health scientists, health care providers and human performance professionals in a dynamic, changing biomedical and social environment.

We offer a comprehensive educational program to prepare students for rewarding careers in health-related fields, and sponsor majors in Health Science, Exercise Science, Public Health, Nutritional Sciences and CAATE accredited Athletic Training. All coursework is built on a strong science, math, and technology foundation, integrated with the liberal arts and enhanced by Augustinian traditions and values.

  • We challenge students to reach their full potential academically, in a participatory, collaborative and experiential learning environment.
  • We support our academic programs with partnerships and affiliations with numerous healthcare and educational facilities in the Merrimack Valley.
  • As a faculty, we commit ourselves to the personal and intellectual growth of each student, emphasizing the development of competence, compassion and confidence in preparing health and human performance scientists and professionals. 

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Merrimack’s dedicated faculty members assist students in pursuing health-based fields such as:

  • direct patient care as a physician, dentist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, chiropractor, optometrist, podiatrist; 
  • human performance as an athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, health and fitness instructor;
  • laboratory scientist in medical technology, biomedical research or biotechnology;
  • educator in the life sciences;
  • clinician or researcher in public health and epidemiology;
  • business professional in the health care industry. 

Merrimack has close ties within the local health science community:

  • Students enjoy an unique opportunity via two special articulation agreements with the School of Health Sciences at Simmons College in Boston to earn preferred admission to the Simmons for post-graduate work. Learn more >>
  • Merrimack College students and faculty visit local schools through an interactive lecture series.  
  • Merrimack College hosts graduate school health fairs. 
  • The department hosts information sessions about our majors where prospective students and their families can meet with current students and faculty, tour the facilities and ask questions. 






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See Where Our Graduates Go

Top 10 Graduate Schools
  • Simmons College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Regis College
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Merrimack College
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Northeastern University
  • University of New England
  • Springfield College
  • University of Rhode Island

Top 10 Graduate Programs

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing (RN)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Public Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Administration

Top 10 Career Pathways

  • Physical Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Research
  • Professional Sports
  • Teacher