Academic Catalog

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

The College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing prepares individuals to become occupational therapists, nurses, health care professionals, human service professionals, social workers, marriage and family therapists, child development specialists, orthotists and prosthetists, physical educators, fitness instructors, recreation specialists, clinical laboratory scientists, and radiation technologists. The College is made up of three Divisions, two Departments, one School, as well as a Student Service Center.

The mission of the College of Health, Human Services and Nursing is to address the overall health, mental health, and social needs of the human population. This goal is accomplished through an interdisciplinary preparation of students who will be equipped to deliver quality and comprehensive services within a multiethnic, multicultural, and multiclass society.  Given our campus location, the College's programs address the needs and issues of individuals, families, and communities living in a diverse urban environment. Our students grow and thrive professionally and personally. As a result, our graduates are certain about the contributions they can make to society in their chosen profession.

The impact that our graduates make on society is limitless. There is no service more fundamental to society than educating children, ensuring the health and physical well-being of society's members, and the maintaining the mental health and social well-being of each member and community.

We look forward to being a significant part of your preparation.

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

Office Location: Welch Hall A-310
Phone: (310) 243-2046

Acting Dean, Claudia Peyton
Acting Associate Dean, Enrique Ortega


Division of Health Sciences

WH A-330
Phone: (310) 243-3748

Division of Health Sciences, Pamela Krochalk, Chair
Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, Mark Muller, Director
Clinical Science Program, Cheryl J. Harris, Coordinator


Division of Human Development 

WH A-330
Phone: (310) 243-2223

Child Development, Cornelia Brentano, Chair
Human Services Program, Phu Phan, Coordinator
Marital and Family Therapy Program, Michael G. Laurent, Coordinator


Division of Kinesiology and Recreation

SAC 1138
Phone: (310) 243-3761

Division of Kinesiology and Recreation, Michael Ernst, Chair
Coaching, John Johnson, Coordinator
Fitness Director, George Wing, Coordinator
Pre-Physical Therapy, Scott Cheatham, Coordinator
Physical Education Teaching, Carole Casten, Coordinator
Physical Education Administration, Lee Hancock, Coordinator

School of Nursing

WH 310/320/335
Phone: (310) 243-3596/1050

School of Nursing, Kathleen Chai, Director
Undergraduate Nursing Program (BSN), Nop Ratanasiripong, Coordinator
Graduate Nursing Program (MSN), Terri Ares, Coordinator
Family Nurse Practitioner, Linda Goldman, Interim Director

Department of Occupational Therapy

WH 320
Phone: (310) 243-2726/2565

Occupational Therapy Program, Terry Peralta, Chair

Department of Social Work

WH 358
(310) 243-3170/2678

Social Work Program, Mekada Graham, Chair

The College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing is home to academic programs for students interested in fostering physical, psychological and familial well-being of individuals. Our talented and dedicated faculty prepares professionals to work with populations in need of support and service in the areas of mental, physical and interpersonal health. The wide array of programs offered by the College share common features – a rigorous curriculum recognized by professionals in the field, nurturance of high academic standards, and opportunities to practice skills in the field under expert supervision. The College's academic units and some corresponding highlights are as follows:

Division of Health Sciences

WH A-330
Phone: (310) 243-3748

Division of Health Sciences, Pamela Krochalk, Chair
Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, Scott Hornbeak, Coordinator
Clinical Science Program, Cheryl J. Harris, Coordinator

Division of Human Development

WH A-330
Phone: (310) 243-2223

Child Development Program, Kimberly Radmacher, Acting Coordinator
Human Services Program, Phu Phan, Coordinator
Communication Sciences and Disorders Program, Margaret (Dee) Parker, Coordinator
Marital and Family Therapy Program, Michael G. Laurent, Coordinator

Division of Kinesiology and Recreation

SAC 1138
Phone: (310) 243-3761

Division of Kinesiology and Recreation, Michael Ernst, Chair
Coaching, John Johnson, Coordinator
Fitness Director, George Wing, Coordinator
Pre-Physical Therapy, Scott Cheatham, Coordinator
Physical Education Teaching, Carole Casten, Coordinator
Physical Education Administration, Lee Hancock, Coordinator
Recreation Administration Therapeutic Recreation, Mary Lou Cappel, Coordinator

School of Nursing

WH 310/320/335
Phone: (310) 243-3596/1050

School of Nursing, Kathleen Chai, Interim Director
Undergraduate Nursing Program (BSN), Nop Ratanasiripong, Coordinator
Graduate Nursing Program (MSN), Terri Ares, Coordinator
 Master's Entry-Level, Kathleen Chai, Director
 Family Nurse Practitioner, Gay Goss, Director

Department of Occupational Therapy

WH 320
Phone: (310) 243-2726/2565

Occupational Therapy Program, Terry Peralta, Chair

Department of Social Work

WH 358
(310) 243-3170/2678

Social Work Program, Mekada, Interim Chair

Division of Health Sciences

The Division of Health Sciences consists of programs in Clinical Science and Health Science. Clinical Science offers one of the few four-year curricula in the country leading to a bachelor's degree and eligibility to take professional certifying examinations in medical technology and Cytotechnology.

Health Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with options in Community Health, Health Care Management, and Radiologic Technology, as well as a Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Division of Human Development


The Division of Human Development consists of undergraduate programs in Child Development and Human Services, a Master's degree program in Marital and Family Therapy, and a postbaccalaureate certificate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Division of Kinesiology and Recreation


The Division of Kinesiology and Recreation offers various options in its undergraduate program in Physical Education: Fitness Director, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Teaching in Physical Education. Subject matter equivalency is also offered in Physical Education. A Master's degree with a Physical Education Administration option is also offered.

Department of Occupational Therapy

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) is offered as an entry-level first professional degree. The program accepts student applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree in another major and wish to enter the field of occupational therapy.

Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. This degree is required for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The degree is offered through both full-time and part-time programs.