September 26, 2018

New college at Tarleton combines established programs


STEPHENVILLE (November 9, 2017) — While each academic college at Tarleton is distinct, the new College of Health Sciences and Human Services (CHSHS)—with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students—is unique, combining the already successfully established academic departments of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Public Health, Nursing, Social Work and Counseling. These departments were previously distributed among other colleges until the formation of CHSHS in 2016.

CHSHS delivers programs at Tarleton’s main campus in Stephenville and its outreach centers in Fort Worth and Waco. Programs in nursing, public health, social work and counseling are available at all three of these sites.

The programs in medical laboratory sciences are located in facilities in the hospital district of Fort Worth. Degrees range from an associate of applied science degree in histology to a master of science degree in clinical mental health counseling.

The newest degrees are a master of social work and a bachelor of science in public health. CHSHS programs focus on the physical and mental aspects of human existence. The emphasis is on helping people along a continuum that ranges from body to mind.

CHSHS is unique in having professional accreditation for all of its programs. External review ensures the programs meet the highest standards in preparing students for the professional certification or licensure that is necessary for them to practice within their chosen fields.

The mission of CHSHS is to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Texas and beyond through fostering a learning environment grounded in real-world experiences and excellence in teaching, scholarship and service for its students.

Recent honors for the college include receiving the 2017 Outstanding Master’s Counselor Education and Supervision Program Award from the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Unlike most other academic programs, students seeking a degree in a CHSHS program must go through a selective admission process after acceptance to the university. If selected for admission, students then begin their studies in a peer cohort model. Their training, whether it be in nursing or social work, also requires a clinical component beyond classroom instruction.

In real-world experiences, hundreds of CHSHS students provide thousands of hours each year in community field placements at hospitals, laboratories, clinics, non-profit community organizations, government agencies, educational facilities and other health-related entities as part of their degree requirements.

Plans for the college in the near future include developing doctoral degrees in social work and counseling, as well as a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. A degree in occupational therapy is also under consideration.

For more information about CHSHS, visit

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