Highlighting interprofessional healthcare education in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings, students work across traditional program boundaries to prepare for real-world work scenarios. Our healthcare programs have been at the forefront for more than 100 years, with graduates consistently in demand with top employers. Programs include nursing, exercise and sports science, health informatics, occupational and physical therapy, physician assistant studies, public health, and more.
Laura Fero, PhD, MSN, RN
Academic and Clinical Education
Patients today receive care from an array of healthcare practitioners. Care teams can include physicians, nurses, radiographers, therapists, and more. To prepare for this team-oriented environment, you will work across traditional boundaries of your healthcare program – for example, nursing students may take occupational therapy or health information courses.
Regardless of your specific interest in healthcare, St. Kate’s provides a mission-centered education where the goal is to become not only competent in your profession, but to grow into an outstanding and compassionate healer.
Clinical Training and Community Partnerships
Learn how you can help transform healthcare delivery when you participate in a meaningful and relevant clinical education with one of our partner organizations. The Henrietta Schmoll School of Health has forged partnerships with Allina Health Systems, Fairview Health Services, HealthEast Care System, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and North Memorial Health Care. These organizations will help extend your education into the real world with real patients.
Students, faculty, and alumni of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health actively serve the community and bolster human health and wellness in the same tradition as the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. This work translates to a richer experience for students who serve alongside faculty and alumni mentors or who hear about their first-hand experiences in the classroom.
As the population ages, more nurses will be needed to care for the elderly. A partnership between our associate of science in nursing program and Catholic Senior Services helps nursing students gain experience caring for seniors.
Students participating in the program learn through observation and interaction with faculty members and clinical educators in small groups. This partnership dispels myths and stereotypes surrounding eldercare and will ensure that graduates are adequately prepared to offer specialized care to seniors.
Another bedrock value of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health is a commitment to promote health among underserved and immigrant communities.
Powderhorn/Phillips Cultural Wellness Center
Our partnership with the Powderhorn/Phillips Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis places St. Kate’s holistic health studies students in classes to learn what it means to use culture as a resource for taking responsibility for one’s own health.
Twin Cities Somali Community
School of Health faculty members have partnered with Somali organizations to better understand health disparities within the Twin Cities Somali community. The project, funded by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Medica Foundation, involved community-based participatory research. It focused on empowering Somali women and their families to actively participate in finding and implementing solutions to problems of crucial importance to their health and well being while also educating healthcare providers about the Somali community’s most pressing health needs.
Physical Therapy for the Underserved
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program makes service learning a key component of the student experience. Partnerships in the Twin Cities; Clarksdale, Mississippi; and Santiago, Dominican Republic allow DPT students to provide health-related services to underserved populations. Students collaboratively examine issues such as health disparities, marginalization, poverty, and environmental conditions and their collective effects on healthy living.
Several programs in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health have embarked on ventures to promote health internationally.
Peru, South America
Students and faculty members in the Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT) program travel to Ecuador to work with children with disabilities. MAOT students also travel to Peru each spring to partner with Eleanore’s Project, a nonprofit started by Tamara Kittelson-Aldred ’75 that provides wheelchair assistance to children.
Santiago, Dominican Republic
Through a partnership in Santiago, Dominican Republic, students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program provide health-related services to underserved populations. They collaboratively examine the effects of health disparities, marginalization, poverty, and environmental conditions.
Technology and Transformational Healthcare
Access to advanced technology at the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health will help you learn quick thinking and practical care delivery. For example, you might use simulations to experience hands-on, real-time situations where you must treat complex cases under the guidance of faculty members.
Your 21st century healthcare education wouldn’t be complete without a thorough understanding of electronic records – through coursework and clinical education at St. Kate’s and onsite with community partners. You will learn how effective care delivery and health information intersect to benefit patients and public health.