Successful distance learning programs, student achievements, active researchers, and an enrollment that has nearly quadrupled since its inception will be the focus of the UC College of Allied Health Sciences 10th anniversary celebration Nov. 13 at UC’s Tangeman University Center.
Formed in 1998, the College of Allied Health Sciences was the university’s 16th college. It was created to unite existing health programs spread throughout the university, including communication disorders, nutrition, advanced medical imaging technology, clinical laboratory science, genetic counseling, transfusion and transplantation sciences and physical therapy.
Since then, the college has added successful distance learning opportunities in clinical laboratory science as well as a speech-language pathology program designed specifically for students traveling between New York and Israel.
The latest addition to the college is the health care administration and informatics division, offering a bachelor’s degree in health information management.
The addition of a master’s in health care administration is being considered. The college also brought in more than $1 million in research funding last year and is on track to surpass that figure in 2008–09.
"Our successes are the result of our talented faculty and staff work ing together in the present … but also planning for the future,” says Dean Elizabeth King, PhD.
The celebration will recognize those who played key roles in the college’s formation and success during the past 10 years: Donald Harrison, MD, former senior vice president and provost for health affairs at UC, and Andrea Lindell, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing, who served as interim dean of allied health sciences from 1998 to 2002.
“We are honoring those individuals who have helped translate Dr. Harrison’s vision into reality,” says King.
Each department will also be honoring individuals who have made specific contributions to their department and disciplines as follows: analytical and diagnostic sciences will honor Colin MacPherson, MD, in memoriam; communication sciences and disorders will honor Laura Kretschmer, EdD; health care administration and informatics will honor Marvin Rorick III, MD; nutritional sciences will honor Jane Garvin; and rehabilitation sciences will honor Robert Burket.
The College of Allied Health Sciences boasts a wide variety of programming, and, says rehabilita tion sciences department head Tina Whalen, “Most of the programs in the college are associated with a licensure or certificate to practice.”
The quality of students within the College of Allied Health Sciences is seen in the results of those national credentialing and licensing exams.
Pass rates for the most recent round of physical therapy and speech-language pathology exams were 100 percent. Advanced medical imaging, clinical laboratory science and genetic counseling students achieved a 97 to 100 percent pass rate on their licensing and/ or board certification examinations.
But despite the range of disciplines taught within allied health sciences, Whalen says each department has something in common: “What we do is produce health care providers.”