Public Affairs

Health and Healing at the CSU

June 7, 2012
By Stephanie Thara

From speech pathology and psychology to nursing and kinesiology, the CSU maintains a variety of unique programs, services and facilities that allow students to enhance their health and healing skills. Along with providing low-cost services to the public, the CSU’s clinics and community partnerships offer students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life situations.

Pictured (from bottom left, clockwise): CSULA graduate students Madhavi-Julie Guiot, Brenna Dotson, and Maisam Othman with Professor Mitchell Eisen in front of the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court. Through the CSULA Juvenile Court Partnership, Cal State L.A. students work with the L.A. County Juvenile Court to provide emotional aid to children from abused homes. Students studying a variety of disciplines, including child development, psychology and communication disorders, coordinate art activities to help children, act as a support system for children whose parents are being investigated for child neglect/abuse, and help youth build confidence by utilizing self-esteem boosting tactics learned in classes.

As part of a specialized nursing internship with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Sacramento State registered nursing students can develop competencies in clinical nursing at approved VA health care facilities while they work on their degrees. The VA Learning Opportunities Residency program allows students to function independently and essentially lets students take on an RN role, where they can check their own labs, address patient needs, clean and dress wounds, and communicate with physicians.

Every year, student clinicians in Fresno State’s on-campus speech and hearing clinic assist over 40,000 individuals suffering from speech, language or hearing impairments to help improve their communication, social development, academic performance, and emotional adjustment. Students receive at least 400 hours of clinical and classroom practice with communicatively impaired children and adults while they are training in the speech and hearing clinic.

Humboldt State’s Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration allow students to participate in graduate assistantships. Students work 15 hours a week helping teach kinesiology courses, coordinating intramural sports and assisting in labs focused on human performance, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, motor learning and athletic training.

CSU Stanislaus’ Accelerated Second Degree Option (ASBSN) is a fast track program for students with a bachelor’s degree in disciplines other than nursing who are returning to school to obtain a bachelor’s of nursing. Students complete the program in 15 months instead of the traditional three year, pre-licensure track.