Bellarmine University’s healthcare education programs will be housed in a new College of Health Professions that was unanimously approved by the university’s board of trustees.
This new college will include two schools - the Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences and the School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences.
|Dr. Mark Wiegand |
The new structure takes effect June 1, 2017, making the College of Health Professions the university’s second college, along with the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences. The university also offers degrees through schools of business, communication, continuing and professional studies, education and environmental studies.
"This reorganization and elevation of our healthcare programs emerged after several years of study, with input from department chairs and external stakeholders," said Dr. Doris Tegart, Bellarmine’s interim president. "I am certain that it positions Bellarmine strategically and well for continued growth in health sciences education."
Tegart said she and Bellarmine’s provost, Dr. Carole Pfeffer, invited Dr. Mark Wiegand -- currently dean of Bellarmine’s Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences -- to propose the new college to the board of trustees for their approval.
The new college will continue to offer degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, with more than 1,000 students currently enrolled in these programs.
The Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences, will house the academic departments of nursing, respiratory therapy, medical laboratory sciences and radiation therapy. Dr. Nancy York will serve as the founding dean.
The School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences will house the academic departments of exercise science, athletic training and physical therapy. Dr. Tony Brosky will serve as the founding dean, in addition to his role as chair of the physical therapy program.
"The new college structure will allow the schools and individual academic programs to be responsive to student, employer and community needs, while providing overarching administrative services and support to each school and the faculty." said Wiegand, who will oversee the new college as Bellarmine’s vice provost for health professions. "The new schools will also help in new student recruitment by clearly linking student career pathways and objectives to the new school names and clustering of related academic programing."