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CHSP Year in Review


The College of Health Sciences & Professions experienced much growth and development in the 2015-2016 academic year; with achievements such as: the establishment of an annual mock disaster exercise, new human movement and neuromotor rehabilitation research labs, and extension of our global engagement programs. CHSP has established a strong strategic plan and succeeded in reaching metrics towards achieving each of the enumerated goals; including heavily supporting continued program quality and growth, promoting faculty scholarship, and further developing inter-professional educational (IPE) opportunities and an IPE core curriculum. 

The Department Counseling

The Department of Counseling scouted and initiated our first study abroad program in Belize, which is scheduled to launch in May 2017. In local engagement efforts, our department is collaborating with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office to provide space in our community counseling clinic for their staff to conduct forensic interviews with children. This partnership may eventually lead to the development of a joint child advocacy center.

In program related news, for the 5th year in a row, counseling students achieved a 100% pass rate on the National Counselor Examination. Congratulations students!

The Department of Nursing

In March 2016, the Department of Nursing celebrated the launch of the college’s newly created Center for Clinical Simulation, an interactive and high fidelity center focused on teaching and learning through simulation. The Nursing Department received UNG’s Presidential Innovation Award and approximately $460,000 in 2015 funding to support the development of interprofessional education and the expansion of the Nursing program by creating a virtual hospital and simulation center on the Gainesville campus.  

It is also with great excitement that we announce the national ranking of our RN to BSN program, as declared by College Choice.

The Nursing Department also achieved success in receiving continuing accreditation for 8 years from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

The Department of Physical Therapy

The 2nd annual cREATe event (creating rehab engineering and assistive technology experiences) provided a tremendous opportunity for DPT students to gain real-world experiences and important inter-professional understanding; as they partnered with Georgia Tech engineering students to design and construct custom made assistive devices for local patients.

The Department of Physical Therapy is excited to announce the opening of two new state-of-the-art research labs. The Movement Science and Balance and Neuromotor Rehab laboratories, run by Drs. Stanislaw Solnick and Eunse Park, feature a high-speed motion analysis system integrated with an EMG, force platform and virtual reality information, and a cutting edge balance testing/treatment Equitest system and neurologic training equipment. PT also celebrates the launch of their student run, pro-bono clinic, which provides care to underserved populations in our local community.

The Department of Physical Therapy received the honor of being selected to host AmTryke and AMBUCS representatives for a training session in spring 2015. AmTryke is a company that makes and adapts tricycles for people with disabilities and AMBUCS is a service organization that provides activities relating to the afore mentioned. PT faculty and students, along with clinical colleagues from the North Georgia community, gathered for delivery of 5 tricycles that were paid for by the Savannah AMBUCS chapter and learned proper fitting procedures. 

The department also provided a 10 week gross anatomy study and summer internship program for area high school students, under the direction of Dean Conner-Kerr and in association with the local chapter of the Georgia Thrombosis Foundation.  

Engagement & Inter-professional Education

CHSP has participated in and conducted a variety of community engagement and inter-professional education (IPE) activities throughout the past year. Our college’s commitment to foster IPE was highlighted through the mock disaster event last spring; where over 250 students, faculty and staff, in conjunction with UNG Police, participated in Core Disaster Life training to successfully execute the emergency preparedness exercise.

CHSP also proposed two new global engagement opportunities for students in Uganda and Belize; in addition to the annual Dominican Republic and Bolivia trips.


The Department of Counseling

  • Opens Community Counseling Clinic
  • Launches two new certificate programs

The Department of Nursing

  • Received $476,000 in funding to build an interdisciplinary virtual hospital and simulation center

The Department of Physical Therapy

  • UNG Physical Therapy students partner with Georgia Tech Design and Engineering students to create solutions for real-world clinical problems with assistive or rehabilitation technology

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