Director Message

Director Message

Welcome to the School of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Education at Marymount University. I am extremely proud of our programs and am excited to share some of the features that make us unique. Our School is dedicated to providing quality education to improve the lives of our patients and clients in the ever changing healthcare landscape.

The School has undergraduate (Bachelors in Health Science with specializations in Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Professional, Public Health and Exercise Science) graduate programs (Doctor of Physical Therapy, Masters in Public Health Education and Promotion), and post-professional transitional doctoral programs (t-Doctor of Physical Therapy and t-Doctorate in Occupational Therapy).

The faculty and staff in our programs are committed to the success of our students, and have built a curricular framework that focuses on critical thinking, professionalism and leadership. Our emphasis on intellectual curiosity, service to others, and global perspective allows us to provide a learning environment that respects each individual student. The School has a deeply-held belief in servant leadership and prepares our students to advocate for the health of individuals and communities.

Our campus is placed in an ideal location at the intersection of expert practice and policy. The success of the School is facilitated by our excellent relationship with multiple internship sites, which include clinics, businesses, hospitals, and health related non-profits in the DC metro area. Our connection to several national associations such as the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) enriches the connection between learning in the classroom and best practices in the disciplines. Our location in Arlington VA is a mere 5 miles from several of these associations.

I am honored to be the Director of a School that is grounded in excellence and service. Please explore our website to learn more about our faculty, students and staff, and our many initiatives that are shaping the future of health across the globe.


Skye Donovan, PT, PhD
Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Professor of Physical Therapy
Director, School of Health Sciences

APTA Board of Director