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Welcome from Dr. Marcella Copes,

Welcome to the website of College of Health Professions at Coppin State University. We are delighted that you are considering Coppin State University to pursue your healthcare goals and to become a part of our rich legacy. You have made a decision that will shape the rest of your life. Because of your decision to become a nurse, advanced practice nurse or Health Information Management professional, you will soon be adding to the ranks of individuals who are critical thinkers, caring, sensitive, and want to make a difference.

After approvals by Coppin State University, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the College of Health Professions was founded on the Coppin State University Campus. It includes the Helene Fuld School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health.

There were a multitude of reasons for the shift toward development of a College of Health Professions. One of the catalyst for this decision was the changing face of healthcare and a disproportionate void of candidates for opportunities in various allied heath disciplines such as Health Information Management, Imaging Technology [radiologic, sonographic, etc.], Physical Therapy, Medical Technology, and Speech-Language Pathology (see the following link from an article in the Baltimore Business Journal for more information:


Graduates from our baccalaureate nursing, RN to BSN, Accelerated BSN for 2nd Degree Students and masters programs (Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and post-masters certificate) are prepared to deliver culturally sensitive health care to diverse populations within an urban environment and to practice across multiple settings. The curriculum reflects an emphasis on primary health care, patient education, health promotion, rehabilitation, and self-care. The curriculum is also reflective of the emphasis on case management, health care policy and economics, research methods, outcome measures, legislative advocacy and management of data technology.


Nursing is a complex field which requires knowledge of nursing and knowledge of the humanities, behavioral and natural sciences. The Coppin State University Helene Fuld School of Nursing prepares students for professional nursing practice, which includes functioning as members of multidisciplinary health teams when providing care to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of health care settings.

The Nursing Program initially approved by the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Nurses in 1974 (currently known as the Maryland Board of Nursing) and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Generic graduates are eligible to write the registered nurse licensure examination of the Maryland Board of Nursing. The Helene Fuld School of Nursing baccalaureate and master’s programs at Coppin State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791.


Policies of the Helene Fuld School of Nursing are subject to
change due to requirements of external accrediting agencies.



Coppin State University’s College of Health Professions School of Allied Health offers majors that will provide students with a myriad of great job opportunities after graduation and a career that offers diversity and the ability to work in various segments of the health care industry.

Graduates of our Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) are experts in:

This degree along with the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Certification that you will achieve after graduation tells employers that you have been trained and tested to implement best practices and apply current technology solutions!

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Coppin State University opened our new Health and Human Services Building which has been occupied since August 2008. The College of Health Professions is one of the major residents of this new facility along with other academic programs such as the Honors College and the School of Professional Studies: Criminal Justice, Social Work, Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling, and Interdisciplinary Studies. This “state-of-the-art” building contains classrooms, laboratories, offices, diagnostic and treatment facilities, an early childhood demonstration suite, as well as the Community Health Center.

The School of Nursing operates the Community Health Center which is a nurse-managed clinic. The Center has the unique mission to provide health care that is sensitive to societal needs, demands, and values, with providers who are culturally sensitive and responsive to changing trends and needs of inner city clients. In keeping with the mission of the University, the Center seeks to improve the health and quality of life of persons residing in the Coppin Heights Community, the University campus community and the surrounding area. The Center provides comprehensive, holistic, and family health care services. Services are available on a walk-in basis as well as by appointment. A number of insurance plans are accepted and self-payment plans are based on income.

The faculty, students, staff and alumni of this College are prepared to shape healthcare and health practice for this nation and will continue to influence nursing education, research and service. We will continue to advocate prevention of urban problems through community participation and education.


Dr. Marcella Copes,

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