On-Campus Weekend Program Option
The On-Campus Weekend Program Option consists of 41 credit hours of core curriculum courses plus 3 credit hours of Thesis Project.

Weekend Program Overview

The weekend program is designed to meet the rigorous schedule of the working individual.

Classes are held on the Bridgeport campus, only one weekend per month (Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), for 28 consecutive months, or up to five years from the first course date if the student chooses.

The program is full-time, constitutes six terms with two courses being offered each term (fall, spring, summer).

The 12 required courses of the core curriculum can be completed in 28 months with a comprehensive exam given 3-4 months after all coursework is satisfactorily completed, if the student takes 2 courses per term/3 terms per year.

The program supports the acquisition, utilization, and application of nutrition principles in clinical situations.

Coursework is designed to assist the student in gaining proficiency in counseling clients/patients in alternative and complementary nutritional therapies.

In addition, the program provides an opportunity for medical, chiropractic, and other healthcare providers to expand their practice through knowledge gained from graduate studies in nutrition.

Comprehensive Final Exam

Following completion of the core curriculum, all online students are required to complete a one-day Comprehensive Examination. The exam is held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the summer, on the main campus in Bridgeport, Conn. Travel expenses are the student’s responsibility.

Licensure or certification is available through several individual states or national nutritional organizations. For those considering a diplomate versus an MS degree, it is important to note that certifications and diplomats represent professional recognition. It does not authorize or license an individual to practice, which is a state regulatory function.

The program is a graduate-level program and is NOT designed to lead to the registered dietician (R.D.) designation.

The program provides its graduates with a foundation for entering Ph.D. and DHSc programs in health science.

Bridgeport University’s Continuing Education Department offers post-graduate seminars to expand students’ and alumni knowledge by providing education on advancing research in clinical nutrition.

 

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Apr
1
Sat
Spring Health Sciences Graduate Open House @ Wahlstrom Library, 6th Fl
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Students interested in the Division of Health Sciences are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.

Graduate programs represented include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Physician Assistant
  • Chinese Herbology
  • Doctor of Health Sciences
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Please arrive promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Apr
13
Thu
Health Sciences Vendor Day @ John J. Cox Student Center
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Co-Sponsored by the Colleges of Naturopathic Medicine and Chiropractic

Join members of UB’s Graduate Health Sciences community and local healthcare professionals at Health Sciences Vendor Day, with special guest speaker, Bernie Siegel, MD! (see event schedule)

Enjoy an informative day of professional development: connect with colleagues, alumni and students, visit with top vendors in our natural medicine professions and attend presentations on medically-relevant topics!

CE Credit and Attendee Details
The event is open to all UB Graduate-Level Health Sciences alumni as well as New England Area NDs, DCs and other healthcare professionals. (CE credits pending for CT NDs and CT, VT and RI DCs.)

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Questions?  Contact Louise Napoli, ND at  lnapoli@bridgeport.edu or 203-576-4298.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Event Schedule

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8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and coffee, tea, light breakfast selection.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title="Naturopathic Presentation" title_align="separator_align_left" align="align_left"][vc_column_text]

9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Kurt Beil, ND, L-Ac, MPH
Presenting “Biophilic Medicine: The Preventative, Restorative, & Therapeutic Power of Contact with Nature” (2 CEUs)

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="35360" img_size="full" style="vc_box_rounded"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Regular contact with the natural world is an inherent component of human health and well-being, according to the evolutionary-psychobiological theory of “biophilia”. Recently, clinical and epidemiological evidence has been mounting that demonstrates the rising prevalence of many chronic conditions (e.g. CVD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Stress) are associated with a culture that is screen-time excessive and nature-time deficient. This session will discuss how the modern naturopathic practitioner can employ the healing power of Nature to holistically address health and disease. Case examples will be shared. Discussion period will include opportunity for practitioner “success stories” and future directions for incorporation into naturopathic medical practice.

In this presentation, Dr. Beil will initiate familiarity with nature-based techniques for health promotion; introduce methods of application for naturing in clinical practice; and recognize the importance, value and necessity of “Contact with Nature” for total human health.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_text_separator title="Chiropractic Presentation" title_align="separator_align_left" align="align_left"][vc_column_text]

9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Warren Hammer, DC
Presenting “Fascial Manipulation Soft Tissue Technique” (2 CEUs)

 

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="35445" img_size="full" style="vc_box_rounded"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Dr. Hammer introduced fascial manipulation in the United States with Stefano Casadei, PT and Antonio Stecco, MD. FM has been taught in Europe for the past 16 years and is now taught on six continents. The originator of Fascial Manipulation is Luigi Stecco, PT. Dr. Hammer is the English Language Editor for Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System by Carla Stecco, MD, published by Elsevier, 2015. It explains how fascia plays a part in myofascial dysfunction and disease as well as how it may alter muscle function and disturb proprioceptive input.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1488914039786{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}"]

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.

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11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Kristine Blanche, MD, PhD, PA-C
Presenting “Digital Infrared Imaging, Nutrient Levels, and Genetic Testing as a Tool to Stratify Risk, Implement and Monitor Impact of The Breast Prevention Protocol” (1 CEU)

 

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="35361" img_size="full" style="vc_box_rounded"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Past studies have isolated numerous breast cancer risk factors. Digital infrared imaging, vitamin D levels, and genetic testing for MTHFR gene mutations were used as a tool to stratify risk for breast cancer. Once risk was assessed, the breast cancer protection protocol was implemented, which incorporated diet/exercise/stress education programs, supplementation of Lugol’s iodine, vitamin D3, methylated B12, folate, boswellia sacra oil (sacred frankincense oil). Patients were monitored over a one-year period and showed significant improvements in thermographically suspicious findings, fibrocystic breast density, neovascularity, and vitamin D3 levels. The control showed no change in neovascularity nor fibrocystic patterns. The results suggest that a breast protection program which includes non-invasive digital imaging and monitoring of risk factors, such as patient lifestyle education, and a breast proactive protocol of supplemented vitamin D3, Lugol’s iodine, and boswellia sacra may reduce risks of breast cancer in women. Additional long-term studies are needed to further evaluate the long-term risk reduction.

In this presentation, Dr. Blanche will explore the benefit of far infrared thermography as a tool for monitoring “suspicious patterns” in the breast; teach simple Breast Prevention Protocol that female patients can implement daily to actively reverse fibrocystic breast disease and neo-vascularity; and discuss how we can shift the paradigm of medicine and empower women from early detection to prevention of breast cancer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_text_separator title="Chiropractic Presentation" title_align="separator_align_left" align="align_left"][vc_column_text]

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lisa Barker, DC
Presenting “Highlights of Pediatric and Prenatal Practice(1 CEU)

 

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="35444" img_size="full" style="vc_box_rounded"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]With a fellowship in prenatal in pediatric care, Dr. Barker will present Highlights of a pediatric and prenatal practice discussing prenatal conditions and how to manage/co-manage them with pediatricians. She will also discuss common pediatric conditions that show up to your practice with the guidance of the pediatrician.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1488914058886{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}"]

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a hearty and healthy lunch, and browse our Vendor Tables![/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title="Naturopathic Presentation" title_align="separator_align_left" align="align_left"][vc_column_text]

2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Bernie Siegel, MD
Presenting “Reflections on the Art of Healing and Living” (2 CEUs)

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="35362" img_size="full" style="vc_box_rounded"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Dr. Siegel will be discussing his many decades of experience working with patients and the underlying elements that may influence susceptibility to illness and the healing process: the role of emotions, self worth and self love will be discussed in addition to issues of guilt, shame and blame.

The importance of patient empowerment will be emphasized, highlighting the link between survival behavior and self-induced healing. Further topics to be discussed include whether medical education adequately prepares physicians to care for patients in their healing journeys and whether the medical system empowers disease by waging war against it rather than placing the emphasis on healing lives and eliminating illness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_text_separator title="Chiropractic Presentation" title_align="separator_align_left" align="align_left"][vc_column_text]

2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Joseph LaVacca PT, DPT, OCS, CFSC, FMS, FMT-C, FRCms, SFMA
Presenting “IASTM: An introduction to basic, gentle soft tissue techniques for your patient care(2 CEUs)

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="35443" img_size="full" style="vc_box_rounded"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Dr. LaVacca is an experienced outpatient orthopedic clinician who graduated from Sacred Heart University with his Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree in 2008, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. Dr. LaVacca began his career with Sports PT of NY where he was facility manager of their Midtown location for several years. Since that time Dr. LaVacca has obtained certifications in movement screens for both the FMS and SFMA, Functional Strength Coaching, as well as Fascial Movement Taping and Performance Movement Techniques through RockTape. Furthermore, he has successfully completed his Board Exam to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
Dr. LaVacca is interested in education and injury prevention with a strong passion for teaching and has served as a mentor for many student physical therapists from prestigious academic institutions. Through prior teaching experiences with nationally recognized CEU providers he has frequently traveled throughout the country to teach healthcare practitioners about Kinesiology Taping and Movement Assessment Principles. Like his counterparts, Dr. LaVacca prides himself in staying current in the most up-to-date evidence-based research, and has experience in Maitland-Based Manual Treatments, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Kinesiology Taping and movement assessment/performance screening which allows him to give individualized care to each of his patients.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1488914075023{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}"]

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Raffle Prize Drawings!![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Apr
20
Thu
Innovators Series: Changing Paradigms in the US Healthcare System @ Schelfhaudt Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center at UB
Apr 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Innovators Series at UB presents “Changing Paradigms in the US Healthcare System: Opportunities and Landmines. Emerging business opportunities and treatment models in healthcare based on a new landscape.”

Free to attend, but kindly RSVP to lchristi@bridgeport.edu or 203-576-4151.

Program:

  • 5:30-6:00pm – Wine and Cheese
  • 6:00-7:00pm – Program and Q&A
  • 7:00-7:30pm – Networking

Moderator:

  • David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN
    Vice President for Health Sciences
    Director, Human Nutrition Institute
    Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences
    University of Bridgeport

Panelists:

  • James Lehman, DC, FACO, Director, Community Health Clinical Education Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences University of Bridgeport
  • Steven Fisher, MD, Internal Medicine Physician, Founder-Fairfield County Medical Group
  • Peter D’Adamo, ND, Director and Founder, Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Sciences University of Bridgeport
  • Anthony Genna, Vice President for Sales and Marketing Designs for Health, Inc.

Presented by the University of Bridgeport in partnership with WSHU Public Radio Group and Fairfield County Business Journal.

Apr
22
Sat
Undergraduate Spring Open House @ Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This event is a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with UB’s campus, students, faculty and staff. We hope you will join us!

Activities will include:

  • Continental Breakfast Reception
  • Admissions Presentation
  • Campus Tour
  • Faculty “Meet and Greet”
  • Chat with current UB students
  • Residence Hall Tour
  • Financial Aid Presentation
Apr
25
Tue
University Senate Meeting @ Carlson Hall, Room 153
Apr 25 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm
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