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Professionals in health and human services are usually driven by a unique gift — a desire to serve humanity in a way that takes strength, tenderness, insight, and empathy.

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Partner with Special Olympics

Golisano Training Center (GTC) at Nazareth College: This indoor field house is for both intercollegiate/intramural athletics and for partnering with Special Olympics for training, events, and improving the health status of people with intellectual disabilities.

Jenna Zajac

PT Alum Pursues Rehab. Science Ph.D.

Jenna Zajac '17, '19G credits "overwhelming support and confidence that Nazareth gave me" for preparing her for Boston University. Read about Jenna's experience >

Physical Therapy Current Student Experiences

Physical therapy students are sharing blog posts about their experiences, including attending national conferences »

Helping Refugees Succeed

    Public Health major Suad Abdalla '19 interned with New York for Syrian Refugees in Albany, N.Y.

    Become a Leader

    Complete a minor in analytics to learn to analyze and solve questions — such as where a health care network should invest resources for preventive health to lower costs and improve outcomes.

    Anani Serbeniuk

    Anani Serbeniuk '18, communication sciences and disorders

    Anani Serbeniuk pursued speech therapy because a speech language pathologist was so helpful to her son. Read about Serbeniuk’s experiences transferring to Nazareth.

    Defying the Odds

      Students and clients benefit from the hands-on clinical experience.

      Helping the Homeless

      During Project Homeless Connect Rochester, Nazareth social work students and faculty match struggling people with the help they need to get back on their feet.

      Lakisha Sims poses with Prof. Shirley Sharp

      Transferring for Social Work Degree

      Lakisha Sims '20, '21G credits social work faculty & accessibility staff for helping her get through adversity and a broken leg toward her dream of helping others. Read her story: Huge Support for Success »

      Conner Burry, Music Therapy

      Conner Burry '17, music therapy

      Music therapy student shares his experience in the clinics, classes and hands-on experiences >>

      Tinisha Baxter

      Tinisha Baxter ‘17, nursing and public health

      It bothers me to see people suffer,” says Tinisha Baxter ‘17.


      A Digital Revolution in Treatment Technology

      Faculty and students in communication sciences and disorders use technology in innovative ways to enhance client treatment.

      Research to Make a Difference

      Sarha Smith-Moyo '22 and Lindsay Fink '22 collaborated on a rigorous analysis of homelessness in the Rochester area — despite the pandemic — that increased their knowledge, skills, and confidence to have an impact.

      Izabella "Izzy" Kimber '21 collaborated with a professor to research evidence-based practices for improving care for postpartum depression — and the work earned Izzy the 2019 New York State Social Work Student of the Year Award.

      Liz David, Global Service,

      Global Service

      Nazareth nursing and social work students travel to Belize and Kerala to take part in international service learning.

      Clinicals in the community

      Nazareth communication sciences and disorders students design and execute community programs, such as the partnership between the School of Health and Human Services and Mary's Place.

      TEDx Talk with Cathy Rasmussen, speech language pathology

        Dr. Rasmussen explains cued speech and how it could help you make a better connection with others.
        Professor Lisa Durant-Jones loves working closely with students.

        Helping Patients Transform

        Lisa Durant-Jones, professor of communication sciences and disorders

        "Some people think that in a professional program, you just learn a set of skills. But our students get so much more. They learn to understand the rich theory, research, and knowledge base behind what we do with our clients. They begin to value diverse perspectives and approaches. Often they see that there is not simply one right answer." 

        Personalized care

        The Democrat and Chronicle reports that as part of post-stroke rehabilitation, client Doug Volland improves his speech by dictating recipes for a food blog to a speech-pathology student. The blog was the idea of a Nazareth student, building on Volland's love of cooking. Volland gets physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services at Nazareth's clinics.

        Kelsi Barnholt, Nazareth College, Occupational Therapy

        Kelsi Barnholt '18, occupational therapy

        "In high school, I was a volunteer. At Nazareth, I consider myself an active citizen." Read about her experience »

        Clubs and Organizations

        Take part in a club or organization on campus, such as:

        • Association of Social Work Students
        • Communication Sciences and Disorders Association
        • Community Youth Development Collective
        • Nursing Club
        • Physical Therapy Club
        • Student Occupational Therapy Association



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