Health sciences programs, partnerships fill Seton Hill dorms, pave way to careers

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The name change was just the beginning.

When Seton Hill College became Seton Hill University in 2002, no one knew just how stunning the changes would be 15 years later.

Then a small women’s liberal arts college, the Greensburg university has tripled its enrollment to about 2,400 as a coed institution with an emphasis in health sciences. Programs in that area, including its pre-professional studies and physician’s assistant program, account for more than 40 percent of its students.

The university hosts a 400-student branch of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine on its Greensburg campus, and it inked another partnership last week to expand its footprint in the health sciences.

The new articulation agreement with Salus University in suburban Philadelphia calls for Seton Hill to launch pre-professional programs that will sync with requirements for admission to Salus’ doctoral programs in audiology and optometry.

Founded in 1919, Salus is a graduate university specializing in health sciences.

Seton Hill’s agreement reserves two seats a year out of 32 seats in each class in Salus’ four-year doctor of audiology programs for qualified Seton Hill graduates. It also provides a smooth transition for qualified students seeking admission to the four-year doctor of optometry program after completing three years of classes at the Greensburg school.

The three-plus-four optometry program caught Elizabeth Ginter’s attention the moment she heard about it last fall.

Ginter, 19, of Homer City said she has scheduled 19 credits this fall and plans to take heavy courseloads over the next two years to get a shot at the Salus optometry program.

“Not only because it is one less year of college to pay for, but being connected to the grad school is good. I read somewhere that only one in three students gets in the program. I have to test pretty high on the entrance…

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