VCU College of Health Professions

Widely considered to be one of the top health professions schools in the nation, our degree programs rank among the very best in their fields.

Allied health professions are health care professions distinct from nursing, medicine, and pharmacy. We make up about 60 percent of the total health workforce. We work in health care teams to make the health care system function by providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services that are critical to the other health professionals we work with and the patients we serve.

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BHM SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Rousseau is Denver's former chief equity officer, who today heads up special projects in the city.

“I identify as a quantitative researcher. While I believe lived experiences are important, I don't believe lived experiences and qualitative data are all we should defer to, so I'm constantly asking for the numbers. What the numbers showed us, as a city, was that agencies were saying they were doing equity work, but their staff, as a whole, had not yet received training or established formative processes to identify outcomes. It’s critical to understand what the data is telling us.

Once we reviewed the data, we set a goal to train all employees on the importance of equity,
diversity and inclusion work, what we mean as an organization to pursue racial equity, and then implemented racial equity action plans for each agency to chart plans and identify outcomes.

Now, the politics of making change happen? That’s a different challenge that we as a city, and a nation, still have to address. But I credit my educational background from VCU with how I approached the work.”

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Are you registered for CHP's Open House?! It's on Saturday, February 24, from 2-4 pm!

▪️ Learn about the various health professions programs we offer.

▪️ Explore the VCU campus and engage with campus resources.

▪️ Meet current students and ask them about their experience.

And more! Register today:


Happy Valentine's Day from Faryaal and Gillian, two of our magnificent 🔬 VCU Medical Laboratory Sciences - College of Health Professions students 💛

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The Black History in the Making award is coordinated annually by the VCU Department of African American Studies to recognize outstanding Black students. Recipients are selected for their impact in their department, program, or school.

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Congratulations, Dr. Darter and Dr. Chu! 👏
The new award honors VCU faculty members nationally or internationally recognized for exceptional accomplishments. Winners performed at the top of their academic unit and were selected from a list of faculty members recommended by each dean.

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Calling all CHP alumni ‼️ Return to the MCV Campus for Reunion Weekend, April 18-21.
RSVP today to connect with classmates and stroll down memory lane with lectures, luncheons, tours, and more.


In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating by spotlighting the stories and achievements of our students, faculty, and alumni.

Renee Sarpong is a current first-year student in our program. She was born in Ghana, in West Africa, and moved to the United States at the age of six. Her unique perspective shaped by experiences in two vastly different healthcare systems has ignited her passion for transformative change. Renee's lifelong goal is to contribute to the transformation of healthcare systems into one that is more inclusive, accessible, and prevention-focused.

Renee states, "To me, Black History Month serves as a celebration and appreciation of the unwavering achievements and perseverance of those whose contributions have paved the way for the opportunities and progress we cherish today. It is a time to honor the rich cultural legacy that has shaped societies across the world. As I reflect on the countless Black individuals who fearlessly challenged the status quo, dedicated their lives to change, and paved the way for progress, Black History Month becomes a beacon of inspiration. It reaffirms the fact that I too, a proud Black woman, have the capability to impact my community, this nation, and ultimately the world."


Attention students, staff, and faculty! Join us and the VCU School of Nursing on Feb. 28 for our lecture. Details below!

VCU doctors hope this robot can help people recover faster from concussions 01/31/2024

In the News 📺: Thank you WTVR CBS 6 News for featuring the innovative work our VCU Physical Therapy - College of Health Professions team is doing with VCU College of Engineering.
Check it out! ⤵️

VCU doctors hope this robot can help people recover faster from concussions About one in every four Americans will experience a concussion in their lifetime, according to data provided by VCU.

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Congratulations! 👏 The journal generates discussion and further research in the area of telehealth technology implementation in rural areas.

Learn more here:

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Providing demonstrated hands-on experiences with HEALS (Healthcare Education Academy Lab School) today at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center with Emory & Henry College and VCU College of Health Professions. Students learned valuable skills and information interacting at the VCU Medical Laboratory, VCU Nurse Anesthesia Lab & Simulation, & the Cadaver lab. ALL THIS at the SWHEC! Learn here. Work here. SW Virginia.

Learn about CHP's Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences program 01/25/2024

Our Doctoral Program in Health Related Sciences provides a unique opportunity for health care providers interested in assuming leadership positions in teaching, research, and administration.
☑️ Flexible, hybrid learning
☑️ Keep your job
☑️ No GRE requirement

Learn more in the video below ⤵️

Learn about CHP's Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences program VCU College of Health Professions Doctoral Program in Health Related Sciences provides a unique opportunity for health care providers interested in assuming ...

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DID YOU KNOW that 1 in 4 people in the US sustain a concussion in their lifetime?

Peter Pidcoe, a professor in VCU Physical Therapy - College of Health Professions, is working with Zach Moore, a master’s student in the VCU College of Engineering, to use robotic technology to better understand the long-term impacts of concussions.

Pidcoe and Moore developed a robotic arm to help measure impairments to the vestibulo-ocular reflex in individuals who have sustained concussions at some point in their lives. Moore wrote the software that drives the robot based on algorithms provided by Pidcoe.

Full story:

(📸: VCU Enterprise Marketing and Communications)


Rev. Marilyn Barnes, Chair of VCU Patient Counseling - College of Health Professions, was the keynote speaker at VCU Health's community walk to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

"We've heard the words equity, inclusion, and belonging many times," Rev. Barnes told participants. "Equity, inclusion, and belonging are actions, and they require action."

Full Richmond Times-Dispatch story:

(📸: Nicolas Galindo, TIMES-DISPATCH)


CONGRATS! 👏 Stephan Davis, associate dean of inclusive excellence and belonging, received the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Exemplary Service Award -- the highest service award bestowed by the College.

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INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE: We released our inaugural biennial inclusive excellence report, highlighting our efforts to advance inclusion and belonging through College-wide initiatives and within each of our nine departments.

In addition to featuring various programs, initiatives, and outcomes, the report also highlights various members of the CHP community – students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Full story:

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Today, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 💛🖤


Join VCU Health and VCU for this FREE community walk on Jan. 20 to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our very own Rev. Marilyn Barnes, Chair of VCU Patient Counseling - College of Health Professions, will be a keynote speaker at the event.

For more information, please visit:


We recently spoke with Dr. Ann Dunbar, an alumna of the physical therapy program and founder of the ‘Honoring Our Mentors Physical Therapy Scholarship.’

Dr. Dunbar shares her experience with CHP and what motivated her to establish this fund to support today’s students while remembering the contributions of those helping students reach their professional goals.

The full CHP Conversations episode can be found here:

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We wish you a happy new year! May 2024 be your best year yet 🎉

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From all of us at CHP, have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season! ✨

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Winter break is approaching! ❄️ What are your plans??


CLASS OF 2023: Drawing inspiration from her Colombian roots, the generations that preceded her, and her work in Richmond, Lesly Alvarez -- who graduated from the VCU College of Health Professions this month with a bachelor’s degree in health services -- feels driven to make an impact where health, age, and diversity intersect.

“I believe that a diverse health care workforce is essential to addressing health care disparities and providing quality care to all patients,” Alvarez said.

Full story:


PAYING IT FORWARD: VCU Patient Counseling - College of Health Professions again took first place in our annual food drive, collecting 1,384 pounds! David-Jamel Williams, a Master’s student in Patient Counseling, had personal experience with food insecurity when he was younger. What Williams describes as his “secret shame” inspired him the most to help others.

Williams would come to the college extra early to drop off the donations, leaving other department members to wonder where the donations were coming from.

“The generosity that you give to the world can be a blessing and a ripple effect in ways we can never foresee, and I would try to encourage others to do as much good as they could,” he said.

Full story:

Photos from VCU Occupational Therapy - College of Health Professions's post 12/13/2023

GIVING BACK: For the third consecutive year, we have exceeded expectations with our annual food drive to benefit the RamPantry at VCU - Student Food Pantry. 🥫

CHP collected 3,185 pounds of food this year - a record! 👏


ICYMI: is now the 47th-ranked public research university in the U.S.

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Please help us congratulate our grads! 👏👏

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Congrats to our Bachelor of Science in Health Services graduates! 👏🎓 It was fun celebrating your accomplishments today.


We recently sat down with VCU College of Health Professions student Shruti to discuss how students can get involved at the College!

Catch the full CHP Conversations episode here:

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Honoring our mentors: A conversation with Dr. Ann Dunbar
Have a wonderful winter break, CHiPpers ☃️ See you in the new year! #VCU #VCUCHP #WinterBreak2023 #HolidayCheer
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This week, our occupational therapy students explored adaptive sports with Sportable as part of the Analysis of Human Oc...
Thank you, veterans! #VeteransDay
The CHP Food Drive is happening now! Each department is competing for the title of most donations. Will Patient Counseli...
Visit VCU College of Health Professions table today at New River Community College. chp/vcu/edu/programs/pathway/bridge/
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NAHSE and VCU Department of Health Administration Webinar Series
We are thrilled to officially welcome students to the fall semester! Today we held orientation for students in Radiatio ...
We want to hear from you! •We recently launched the CHP Student Satisfaction Survey. Your responses will be kept confide...




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