The director and committee of academic services, which is composed of representatives from each discipline of the college as well as professional associates from the community, supports CHSP by assisting with the development of curricula, new programs and expansion plans; leading the Curriculum Oversight Committee; working with specialized accreditations for all programs; and also managing student grade appeal processes.
Current development includes: certificate programs for health science majors, an associate degree with a focus in healthcare studies, and expansion on to the new Blue Ridge campus. Planning is underway for establishing an occupational therapy degree and collaborative doctorate in education program with the College of Education. Academic services is exploring the creation of residencies for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and certificates for clinical mental health counseling majors. Global initiatives are also being considered to achieve CHSP’s mission of providing high-impact educational programs that will serve the local and global communities.
Dr. Stefanie Palma, director of academic services, earned her post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Central Arkansas and her B.S. in physical therapy and M.Ed. degrees from Georgia State University. She is a certified neurological specialist (NCS), by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties; and is a certified brain injury specialist (CBIS), by the American Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists.