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Quinnipiac University

School of Health Sciences

Hamden, CT


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Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences Graduate Programs

Quinnipiac’s School of Health Sciences prepares professionals for the challenges of 21st-century patient care and medical research. The university’s innovative and highly recognized graduate programs develop forward-thinking clinicians, imaging professionals, rehabilitation specialists and scientists. With an interprofessional, patient-centered approach, Quinnipiac is one of only a small number of universities in the nation with schools of health sciences and nursing along with a medical school on one interprofessional campus. Students benefit through experience working on integrated teams alongside peers and faculty from other health care-based programs and with technologically advanced resources. 

Graduate Programs

MHS in Advanced Medical Imaging and Leadership

MHS in Biomedical Sciences

MHS in Cardiovascular Perfusion

MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (through College of Arts & Sciences)

Pathologists’ Assistant (MHS)

Physician Assistant (MHS)

Radiologist Assistant (MHS)

MSW – Social Work

MSW – Social Work (advanced standing)

Entry-Level Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) (online)


Quinnipiac faculty members come from the ranks of practicing clinicians, medical imaging professionals and scientists who are active and recognized leaders in the health sciences, experts in the traditional and nontraditional applications of their field and committed to showing students what is possible in theory and in practice, along with the latest innovations in medical research, medical imaging, modern occupational therapy applications and social work methods.

Facilities and Resources:

The state-of-the-art Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the university’s North Haven Campus is equipped with some of the finest technology in academia, emulating the fast, interdisciplinary team-based environments characteristic of today’s health care professions. The 325,000-square-foot facility includes an impressive array of resources, including two operating rooms, a model apartment, high-fidelity simulation suites, a diagnostic imaging suite with MRI, CT and ultrasound scanners, physical therapy, occupational therapy and motion analysis labs, and a Standardized Patient Assessment Center.

MHS in Biomedical Sciences

Advanced study in biomedical sciences is excellent preparation for entry into medical school, PhD programs in areas like genetics, neuroscience and immunology, and a strong foundation for cutting-edge careers in a range of fields, from biotech and pharmaceuticals to laboratory and academic research. Quinnipiac’s MHS in Biomedical Sciences prepares students with advanced coursework and hands-on experience in state-of-the-art labs, along with opportunities for research and projects across a range of health science fields. Students train in laboratory operations and techniques, clinical research methods, and diagnostic testing. The university offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. 

MHS in Cardiovascular Perfusion

Quinnipiac’s MHS in Cardiovascular Perfusion, one of only eight graduate-level perfusion programs in the U.S., prepares graduates for the responsibilities of a clinical perfusionist who provides consultation to the physician in the selection of the appropriate equipment and techniques used during extracorporeal circulation. Working in the university’s technologically sophisticated Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, students learn to operate the equipment perfusionists use to support or replace a patient’s heart and lung functions during cardiac surgery, to monitor vital cardiopulmonary signs, and to administer the appropriate medications and anesthesia during surgery. 

MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (College of Arts & Sciences)

Quinnipiac’s MS in Molecular and Cell Biology, offered through the university’s College of Arts & Sciences, blends coursework in advanced biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics and other sub-fields with training in lab techniques and research methods. Experienced faculty teach the theory and practical skills necessary for employment in hospital research labs, R&D departments and universities. This multidisciplinary degree is also excellent preparation for doctoral study in fields such as bioengineering, as well as for entrance to medical, dental and veterinary school. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in health and medicine, drug development, agriculture and related professions, as well as research and university and college teaching. The program offers both thesis and non-thesis tracks.

Pathologists’ Assistant (MHS)

Quinnipiac University MHS program for Pathologists’ Assistant is one of only 11 accredited master’s-level programs of its kind in the U.S. and Canada. Students learn to examine, process and prepare tissue specimens for a variety of clinical tests and procedures, preparing for in-demand employment in hospitals, clinical laboratories, research and medical teaching facilities. The program emphasizes a strong foundation in the theory and application of anatomical, surgical and autopsy pathology, working with light microscopy, biomedical imaging, frozen sections and tumor triage. State-of-the-art facilities blend the classroom and laboratory dynamic for a collaborative and hands-on learning experience. Clinical rotations place students in leading hospitals in both surgical and autopsy pathology settings.

Physician Assistant (MHS)

Ranked 15th in the country by U.S. News & World Report and first in Connecticut, Quinnipiac University’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program is focused on building a strong scientific foundation as well as leadership, analytical and interpersonal skills through hands-on clinical experience. The 27-month program offers a comprehensive blend of courses that examine subjects such as biology, pharmacology and behavioral medicine and extensive practical experience collaborating with health care providers in hospitals, medical centers, nursing homes and extended-care facilities. The mission of Quinnipiac’s PA program is to increase access to quality health care through the education and development of caring, knowledgeable and competent physician assistants who are dedicated to: clinical competence, professionalism, interprofessionalism, leadership, community outreach and cultural competence.

Radiologist Assistant (MHS)

Quinnipiac University’s 24-month MHS program for radiologist assistants is the only program of its kind in New England. The program prepares students to work as advanced practitioners within the radiology environment trained to take part in the care of patients and perform a broad spectrum of minimally invasive radiology-specific procedures. Students work with state-of-the-art equipment, including a fully energized imaging suite, in Quinnipiac’s Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and benefit from clinical placements at top-rated centers in the Northeast, providing more than 2,000 hours of clinical experience. Faculty are highly experienced and include radiologists, radiologist assistants, APRNs, and physician assistants from the area’s leading hospitals.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Quinnipiac University MSW program prepares students for licensure with a curriculum that highlights interprofessional education and a team-based health/ behavioral health care approach along with the ability to specialize through electives in areas like school social work, social work in health settings, substance abuse, and evidence-based practices with children and families. MSW candidates complete 1,000 hours of professional development in environments such as substance abuse treatment centers, mental health clinics, schools and communities for elder care. Graduates are prepared to sit for the LMSW exam through a strong curriculum focused on professional mastery. The program also fulfills the academic requirements for the LCSW exam. An Advanced Standing option is available for qualified BSW graduates.

Entry-Level Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Quinnipiac University’s Entry-Level Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), the first entry-level program of its kind in Connecticut, prepares students with a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills to practice autonomously or collaboratively, within various health care, educational and social systems. The curriculum consists of dynamic lectures and seminars integrated with laboratory and immersive clinical experience designed to prepare students for entry-level practice, and a doctoral capstone experience combined with a scholarly project that represents in-depth knowledge in occupational therapy. The Entry-Level Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at Quinnipiac University has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Health Sciences (MHS)
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 303

Earning Your Degree

Distance learning programs available? No


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
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Entrance Requirements

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 7.35%
Black or African American 4.9%
White or Caucasian 75%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5.31%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.22%
Unknown 2.72%


Male (24%)
Female (75%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 58
Part-time - 89
Male (58)
Female (89)

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States

Phone: 203-582-8200
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