Beginning June 1, Bellarmine University will have a second college—the College of Health Professions. The new college, which joins the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences, will include two schools, the Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences, and the School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences.
“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.”
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 Dr. Mark 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.”
The newly created department of Health Services and Senior Living Leadership, the Center for Simulation and Technology, and the developing Ph.D. Program in Health Professions Education will report directly to Dr. Wiegand.