A leader in health care, Pacific has trained health care professionals since 1858 when the university formed the first medical school in California, now the Stanford University School of Medicine. The university's portfolio of health care programs includes other premier and highly enrolled health programs such as the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, founded in 1896 as the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, opened in 1955.
July 1, 2020, marked a special milestone for the University of the Pacific as it welcomed President Callahan and renewed enthusiasm for the next chapter of the institution.
July 1, 2020, was also a special day in the history of the newly established School of Health Sciences (SHS). Through an organizational change, we welcomed five programs to the SHS family. The Physician Assistant (PA) program transitioned to the SHS from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. We are so grateful for the leadership, support, and thoughtful stewardship of the PA program from its inception by Dean Nader Nadershahi and the entire Dugoni team. The core value of the humanistic approach to healthcare education and professional practice will continue to be cherished and integrated into who we are as a school.
The Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Athletic Training programs transitioned to the SHS from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (TJLSPHS). We greatly appreciate Dean Phillip Oppenheimer’s 23 years of outstanding service and leadership. His dedication and commitment resulted in a legacy we look forward to upholding through continued collaboration with the entire School of Pharmacy.
These five established programs joined three new programs launched in the 2020-2021 academic year in the SHS: Social Work, Clinical Nutrition, and Occupational Therapy. With the addition of nursing in 2022 and Medical/Health Science in 2023, the SHS's current academic portfolio has ten programs educating the next generation of healthcare providers.
The School of Health Sciences stands on the shoulders of pioneers who walked before us. Pacific’s long tradition and established reputation in health care education, Provost Pallavicini’s vision for creating the new School of Health Sciences, the core value of humanism from Dugoni, and the steadfast commitment to service from the TJLSPHS are just a few gifts the new SHS has received as precious heritage.
1936 — The history of what is known today as the Department of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) begins
1947 — SLP added a graduate-level degree
1985 — The Department of Physical Therapy was established
1997 — SLP established a partnership with the California Scottish Rite Foundation. The RiteCareChildhood Language Center of Stockton provides care for patients in the community and additional training opportunities for Pacific students.
2003 — Physical Therapy transitions from a master of science to a DPT
2015 — Pacific launched the first accelerated Doctor of Audiology in California
2017 — Inaugural class Master of Physician Assistant Studies
2018 — Inaugural class Master of Science in Athletic Training
2020 — Pacific’s New School of Health Sciences is officially launched
2020 — Inaugural class Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition – first Future Education Model program approved in the state of California
2020 — Inaugural class Master of Science in Social Work
2021 — Inaugural class Doctor of Occupational Therapy
2022 — Inaugural class Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing
2023 — Inaugural class Doctor of Medical Science/Doctor of Health Science