School of Preventive and Therapeutic Sciences

  • The mission of the School of Preventive and Therapeutic Sciences is to enhance the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve by educating and preparing competent professionals in therapeutic, preventive, and rehabilitation sciences.

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School of Preventive & Therapeutic Sciences

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Welcome to the School of Preventive and Therapeutic Sciences (SPaTS) at UAA, where innovation meets excellence in education. Our diverse range of programs, led by accomplished program directors and dedicated faculty, is tailored to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the dynamic healthcare landscape. From Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene to Dietetics and Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Speech-Language Pathology, and Physical Education & Recreation, our mission is to cultivate compassionate professionals who are well-prepared to meet industry demands while making a meaningful impact on the well-being of individuals and communities. Join us in addressing the vital needs of the healthcare field while embarking on a journey of personal and professional growth. Your future in health and wellness starts here!


Dental Hygiene

Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Dietetics & Nutrition

Physical Therapist Assistant

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Speech-Language Pathology

Note: Admissions to the Dental Assisting program (major and pre-major) are closed, as the program is in a teach-out status and will be discontinued after July 2025. As such, no new students will be allowed to start the program. If you are interested in the Dental Hygiene program or other healthcare programs, please see a College of Health advisor to discuss your options. 


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Student & Community sERVICES

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Dental Clinic

The on-campus dental clinic enables students in the dental assisting and hygiene programs to provide basic care to their fellow students and community members while honing their skills.

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Human Performance Lab

Welcome to the UAA Human Performance Lab, your hub for cutting-edge research, personalized assessments, and fitness optimization.

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Seawolf Food Pantry

Established by the Dietetics & Nutrition faculty, the Seawolf Food Pantry exists to help the nearly 45% of UAA students who experience food insecurity. 

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Contact Us:
Phone: (907) 786-6933



UAA School of Preventive and Therapeutic Sciences
Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Drive, PSB 146
Anchorage, Alaska 99508


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UAA School of Preventive and Therapeutic Sciences
3211 Providence Drive, PSB 146
Anchorage, Alaska 99508


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