College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), home to some of the university’s most popular majors, has long been at the forefront of education within the health fields. We are nursing, social work, criminal justice and occupational therapy.

The School of Nursing prepares nurses to provide healthcare on the North Shore of Boston, across Massachusetts, and the United States, and around the globe. The School of Nursing offers both undergraduate (BSN) and graduate (MSN) degree programs.  Program options in the undergraduate nursing program include:  entry level BSN, post-licensure RN to BSN, licensed practical nurse (LPN) transition program, and an accelerated BSN (ABSN) program for those individuals who hold a four year degree in another discipline. The MSN program offers three program tacks for applicants who are registered nurses:  Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems, and an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP).  The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Salem State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The School of Social Work, among the first in the state university system, offers graduate (MSW) and undergraduate (BSW) social work programs. Both programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Criminal justice is an academic program that builds a solid foundation for entry into the professional fields as well as further graduate studies. Our alumni work in all corners of the legal professions as police officers, corrections officers, federal agents, lawyers, and probation officers just to name some of the many available opportunities. If you’re considering a career in these areas, our criminal justice program offers both graduate and undergraduate programs to help you achieve your goals. Both programs are Quinn Bill certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Our occupational therapy (OT) department leads in OT education by offering programs designed to meet the needs of our students and to meet the demands of today’s workforce. They include two tracks. 1) A combined BS/MS in occupational therapy which is a bridge program for occupational therapy assistants only who wish to become registered occupational therapists (Note* to apply you need to be a licensed OTA from an accredited institution), and 2) a direct entry MS Program for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and would like to become registered therapists. Both OT programs are accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Classes are offered part-time in the evening only.

The healthcare studies program is designed for students interested in the healthcare and human service industry but choose to work in a nonlicensed, nonclinical setting. Healthcare support occupations are identified as one of the big four for employment growth by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Students take a core group of classes to provide a foundation in understanding the healthcare industry as well as major elective classes from a variety of departments across the campus such as social work, criminal justice, sociology, music, world languages, psychology, business, political science, and sport and movement science. 


No matter which CHHS major you enroll in, each one carefully blends academics with field experience so our graduates are best-prepared to join the workforce as skilled practitioners and/or further their education.

CHHS Mission Statement [PDF]



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