Message from the Dean
We are dedicated to providing innovative and high impact health science programs that address current and evolving needs of our students, community stakeholders and health care partners.
We are invested in delivering the best educational experience to you, the student, through access to these high impact programs. Program faculty are highly regarded clinical experts. Many of whom hold advanced specialty certification through nationally recognized boards. For instance, 7 of 11 physical therapy faculty, or 64%, hold the highest level of board certification in their respective areas of clinical expertise from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. This percentage represents more than twice the national average for Doctor of Physical Therapy program faculty. Our faculty are highly sought after for their advanced clinical expertise and provide continuing education and consultations for a variety of health care partners.
Innovative program curricula allow for students to have hands-on experiences in clinical service delivery with our expert faculty. Clinical service delivery focuses on achieving health equity in the region through addressing the needs of the medically-underserved. To achieve this goal, each program has an associated clinic and participates with community partners to provide much needed health care.
The Department of Nursing provides services through Georgia Mountains Health Service; a partnership that grew out of a federally grant funded initiative to bring primary care to underserved regions of North Georgia. The Department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling has recently opened a state-of-the-art clinic with more than 1500 square feet of treatment and technologically-enhanced teaching areas that is located conveniently in downtown Dahlonega. The Department of Physical Therapy, forerunners for our university in health care provision for the rural, medically underserved, offers services through the North Georgia Faculty Practice.
We also provide global educational experiences for our students with select partners from around the world. For example, clinical learning experiences are available for nursing and physical therapy students in the Dominican Republic. A broadly diverse population in Northern Georgia provides an opportunity for students to learn about many different cultures and health care service preferences.
Faculty are engaged in clinical, educational and community-based research with an emphasis on solving health care issues faced by North Georgians and optimizing patient care outcomes. Recent research in the Department of Physical Therapy has produced a custom, 3-D printable solution to enhance mobility in children with special needs.
All of our programs are fully accredited and program graduates are sought after for their strong clinical skills. For the past two years, students in the Master of Science with a Major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling have had a 100% pass rate on the National Counselor Examination and students in the Master of Science with a Major in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program have historically had a 100% pass rate on the certification exam. Likewise, physical therapy graduates continue to perform exceptionally well on the licensure examination with an ultimate pass rate of 100%. If you are interested in one of our programs in Nursing, Physical Therapy or Clinical Mental Health Counseling then please feel free to contact us at the College of Health Sciences & Professions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are ready to help you find success on the pathway to a health sciences career. We welcome you to stay informed about our wonderful initiatives and programs by following us on our College of Health Sciences & Professions website.
Teresa Conner-Kerr, PT, PhD, MBA
Dean & Professor