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Allied Health Sciences, Nursing Expand to Clermont Campus

By Katy Cosse & Angela Koenig
Published May 2010

When UC begins offering classes at the newly expanded Clermont campus in fall 2010, nursing and physical therapy assisting programs will be among the initial course offerings.

UC Clermont College will occupy a portion of the building, housed in a former Ford plant in Batavia Township.

The space also will hold UC East, including four-year programs from the colleges of nursing and allied health sciences. There will be shared classrooms, a clinical simulation lab and professional offices for faculty stationed there.

"It is gratifying to have such an exemplar collaborative relationship for the past five years with our nursing program being at Clermont College. This relocation to new space will enable us to further enhance our partnership in the offering of our academic programs,” says Andrea Lindell, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing.

The College of Allied Health Sciences has moved the associate degree in physical therapy assisting track to the Clermont campus and is expanding the bachelor’s degree in health sciences there.

Plans also are in the works to offer a degree in social work at the new site.

The expansion will not only allow students to start baccalaureate programs on the Clermont campus, but also to remain there to complete their degree.

"Under the leadership of Dr. Tina Whalen, we were pleased to relocate our physical therapy assisting program to the UC Clermont East Campus and are now enthusiastic about the opportunity to give these students and other students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degrees on the Clermont campus,” says Elizabeth King, PhD, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences.

The UC Clermont campus has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, with a 17 percent increase in enrollment this past winter quarter.

Overall, enrollment has increased by 33 percent over the past three years.

Industrial Realty Group LLC finalized the acquisition of the former Ford plant in April, paving the way for UC to begin offering classes at UC Clemont East Campus in the fall of 2010.

UC signed a lease for approximately 81,000 square feet of space at the location.

The multi-tiered development deal cleared a final hurdle in March when the Batavia Township trustees unanimously approved zoning plans for UC to use an 18-acre portion of the 230-acre Ford site.

"We are proud to have UC up there,” says Trustee Archie Wilson.

"I am pleased to say that UC East is going to become a reality,” says UC Clermont East Campus Interim Dean Robert "Mick” McLaughlin.

"We plan on moving swiftly.”

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