Chatham University


The highly-competitive School of Health Sciences (SHS) at Chatham University stands in stark contrast to the “lost in the crowd” medical, psychology, and nursing programs at many larger universities:

  1. Our approach to learning places students in a position of active responsibility for absorbing and mastering content. They learn new material by confronting and solving problems as applied to actual clinical cases.
  2. Students learn from dedicated faculty members – many of whom are practicing clinicians themselves – in a close-knit atmosphere known for providing personal attention to every student.
  3. The School's unique makeup allows for interprofessional education among students in nursing, psychology, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

SHS programs are highly selective, with an approximate 25% acceptance rate (400 accepted out of 1,700 applicants). We excel in training students through problem-based learning, fostering critical thinking skills, and encouraging students to serve local, national, and international communities through service-oriented programs for medically-underserved populations.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Majors

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Graduate – Master's Degree Programs

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“Chatham's problem-based learning approach trains their students to have not only an extensive knowledge base, but also the ability to quickly and creatively adapt to the tasks and challenges they encounter daily. After personally working with a Chatham Master of Physician Assistant Studies graduate for several years, I am grateful to have her on my healthcare team.”

– Freddie H. Fu, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


The School of Health Sciences is located at Chatham Eastside, part of the Shadyside Campus. Chatham Eastside is in Pittsburgh's bustling East End district, near Bakery Square, a vibrant retail district that is home to Google's Pittsburgh office. The building was a LEED-Silver renovation project that uses sustainable design practices, recycled materials, and energy-efficient lighting to create academic and social space within a green environment. See more.


  • The School is known for its international collaboration with the CRECER organization in Ibarra, Ecuador where faculty and students participate in service learning experiences related to Occupational and Physical Therapy.
  • Some of our programs include international travel opportunities to provide services in healthcare settings.



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Physical Therapy: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)



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Physician Assistant Studies: Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)



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Nursing: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


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Occupational Therapy: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)


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Counseling Psychology: American Psychological Association (APA)


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M.S. in Counseling Psychology: Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council