May 23, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Ann White, RN, PhD, MBA, Dean; Interim Chair, Health Services Program

Mary Kay Arvin, OTD, OTR/L, Chair, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Jeri Burger, RN, PhD, Chair, RN Completion Program

Mary C. Ehlman, BA, MSW, MBA, PhD., Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness

Claudine Fairchild, RT(R) (M), RDMS, MS, Chair, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Mellisa Hall, RN, DNP Chair, Graduate Nursing Program

Janet Kilbane, OTD, Chair, Occupational Therapy Program

Kimberly Parsons, EdD., CDA, EFDA, RDH, Chair, Dental Hygiene Program and Dental Assisting Program

Wesley Phy, MEd., RRT, Chair, Respiratory Therapy Program

Julie McCullough, Ph.D., R.D., Assistant Dean for Health Professions, Chair, Food and Nutrition Program

Martin Reed, R.T.(R), Ph.D., Chair, Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Program

Gina Schaar, RN, D.N.P., Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program

Constance Swenty, RN, D.N.P., Director of Nursing

Kevin Valadares, Ph.D., Chair, Health Administration Program


The College of Nursing and Health Professions promotes excellence in its academic programs, faculty, and students and demonstrates leadership in healthcare education, research, practice, and community service. The College of Nursing and Health Professions prepares students for personally satisfying, successful, and financially rewarding healthcare careers.

The college offers a wide array of campus, independent study, and online health professions continuing education and specialized certificate programs. A complete listing and schedule of offerings can be viewed on the college web site

Accrediting organizations representing the profession and/or appropriate state governmental agencies are identified with program information. Program graduates consistently excel on state and national licensing/registry exams and are heavily recruited by healthcare employers.

Faculty are academically prepared, experienced practitioners who are licensed, registered, and/or certified members of the professions in which they teach. The college provides a caring atmosphere in which students, faculty, and community healthcare professionals work together to optimize personal and professional development. The college provides educational experiences which prepare students to become competent practitioners and to successfully achieve licensure, registration, or certification in their fields.

Clinical Stimulation Center, Dental Clinic and Clinical Affiliates

The clinical simulation center located in the Day Learning Center provides students with diverse challenging learning activities. Computerized simulated learning activities prepare students for critical thinking and therapeutic intervention in their clinical practices. A state-of-the-art dental clinic and telehealth clinic provide high-quality learning activities for students.

A wide variety of clinical facilities are utilized in the educational programs of the college. These facilities include Deaconess Health System and related facilities, St. Mary’s Medical Center and facilities, Evansville State Hospital, Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Health Department, Evansville Association for Retarded Citizens, Visiting Nurse Association of Southwestern Indiana, Rehabilitation Center, Planned Parenthood, Southwestern Indiana Adult Mental Health Center, Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging, senior citizens centers, dental offices, physicians’ offices, day care centers, nursing homes, area extended care facilities. A complete listing of clinical affiliates is located in the college office.

Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness

The Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness is dedicated to advancing the understanding of aging and promoting the well-being of older adults through interdisciplinary education, research, and engaged partnerships. The interdisciplinary center involves faculty from all colleges and is housed within the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Additional information can be obtained through the college web site

Community Health Centers

The USI-Community Health Centers at Glenwood Leadership Academic, Cedar Hall School, and Lodge Community School offer nursing and health professions students an opportunity to engage in interprofessional learning through clinical rotation.


The College of Nursing and Health Professions provides support for students throughout their educational experience.  The professional advisors in the College’s Advising Center work with first year students and pre-majors to formulate academic and professional goals.  Advisors assist students with career exploration, major and course selection and connections with University and community resources.  As students progress into their major, faculty advisors provide expert career advice and specialized information about their chose profession.

Financial Assistance

A number of scholarships are designated specifically for students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. These scholarships are in addition to the scholarships and other financial assistance that are available for all USI students.

Admission and Progression Requirements

Students seeking admission to graduate programs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions must apply for admission to the University (Graduate Studies) and submit a separate application to the program of their choice. To ensure the highest quality of student learning experiences, admission is competitive and limited. Students meeting academic requirements must be in good health; eligible for licensure, certification, or registration; and capable of meeting clinical practice requirements. Acceptance into a graduate program is contingent upon a negative drug screen and criminal record check. A felony may affect a graduate’s eligibility to sit for professional licensure/certification/registration. Additional information about the admission process and timeline is listed on each program’s web pages.

Minimum grade requirements for major and other selected courses are identified in student handbooks.

Additional information regarding admission criteria and progression requirements is listed in the individual program descriptions that follow and in program student handbooks. Program student handbooks are available online.

Application for Degree and Diploma Form

Candidates for graduation must file with the Registrar’s Office a Formal Application for Graduation and a Diploma Form. If degree requirements will be completed in a spring or summer term, the forms should be submitted no later than October 1 of the preceding fall term. If degree requirements will be completed in the fall term, the forms should be submitted no later than March 1 of the preceding spring term. The Application for Graduation may be obtained at the office of the student’s graduate program director. The Diploma Form is submitted online by visiting Timely submission of the Formal Application for Graduation and Diploma Form help ensure that degree candidates receive commencement mailings, appear in the printed commencement program, and will have a diploma ordered.

Health Services


Master of Health Administration



Doctor of Nursing Practice

Master of Science in Nursing

Post-Master’s Certificate

Occupational Therapy


Master of Science in Occupational Therapy