Academic and Clinical Education
The foundational work of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health happens in the classroom, lab and clinical settings. We focus on relationship-centered learning, which translates into relationship-centered care of patients and respectful interdisciplinary teamwork. In addition, our focus on academic excellence requires evidenced-based practice, continuous quality improvement and the effective use of information technology.
Responding to change
The School of Health was formed to address changing patterns in healthcare delivery and shifts in workforce demands, with a special interest in at-risk and underserved populations of students. Working with leaders of healthcare providers from around the region and across the United States, the School is continually evaluating and responding to changes in healthcare education needs to keep practitioners on the cutting edge.
Integrating the healthcare professions
A hallmark of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health is collaboration and interdisciplinary work grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and the liberal arts among more than 30 healthcare programs. Patients today receive care from an array of healthcare practitioners. Care teams can include physicians and nurses; radiographers; and occupational, respiratory and physical therapists, among others.
Just as they will when they enter the workforce, our students work across the traditional boundaries of their programs — nursing students may share courses with students in occupational therapy or health information, for example. By working with students in other healthcare fields, St. Catherine students learn to collaborate as part of the greater healthcare team, gaining valuable experience they can bring to their careers as practitioners.
Climbing our ladders
Many programs in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health offer degrees from entry-level to the advanced level. This “laddering” of our programs allows students to transition smoothly from one level to another to earn successively advanced degrees.
St. Catherine is one of the only institutions nationwide to offer nursing programs at all four degree levels — associate, baccalaureate, master's and clinical doctorate. This spectrum of programs offers nurses and other healthcare practitioners the opportunity to advance their careers and provide the best care possible.