The College of Nursing and Allied Health at Charleston Southern University is no more.
That's because the university's Board of Trustees has approved a plan to move the university's allied health programs under the umbrella of a newly created College of Health Sciences. The nursing school will now have a slightly shorter name as the College of Nursing.
The university's Board of Trustees voted this spring to create the new college. The change went into effect June 1. The College of Health Sciences will house the university's undergraduate programs for athletic training, health promotion and kinesiology.
Having two separate colleges for nursing and health sciences will give both programs room to grow, said Andrea Toader, interim dean of nursing.
"It allows them to have a clear leader to grow (health science) programs, and it allow us to grow our programs," Toader said.
"Under one roof, we don't have the opportunity to maximize the growth of these programs because you're naturally going to be more focused on one or two areas," said Melissa Butcher, acting dean of health sciences. "(With two colleges) we see an equal amount of focus on each of these programs."
The change follows a 16,000-square-foot expansion of the university's College of Nursing and Allied Health building last year. The private Christian university is on track to grow its undergraduate degree in nursing program from an enrollment of 80 new students this year to 120 students by the 2015-2016 school year.
There are no plans to dedicate a specific building for health sciences. Health promotions will remain in the nursing building while athletic training and kinesiology will continue to have classes in the Field House, where the school's basketball arena is located.
The university is in the process of expanding its athletic training program from an undergraduate program to a graduate program beginning in 2017, Butcher said. The shift is a result in changing demands in the field of athletic training, which Butcher said increasingly requires a master's degree to be a practitioner.
The College of Nursing is also developing a new online graduate degree for nursing leadership and health care administration, Toader said. The school already offers a graduate degree in nursing education, which is also online.
"We are constantly revamping our curriculum to continue to be competitive," she said.
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