Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Good-Bye Allied Health…Hello Health Sciences

You may have noticed that the college has been using the phrase “Health Sciences” recently. It’s part of the name of the new John B. Wallace Health Sciences Complex- South, and for good reason. That name for the new building was designed to coincide with an overall name change. So, you’ll find us referring to the Allied Health Division as Health Sciences Division from now on.

The change to Health Sciences will take some time. To save money the migration is a “soft” one. That means that any brochures or other materials with Allied Health on them will be used up. When it comes time for a new printing, the new name, Health Sciences, will be used. There are so many references to Allied Health on the website that it could take some time for the web to be completely changed, as well.

Dr. Faulkner says that the reason for the name change is three-fold.

“Health Sciences is a more modern designation,” he said.  “It is also more inclusive of programs like Medical Informatics that have not previously been considered part of the health care professions. The name change will allow us to be more inclusive and flexible in offering programs that are relevant to health care but not directly patient interactive.”

Because of the generous donations from the Wallace family, the Division will be officially called the “John B. Wallace Health Sciences Division” in the catalog and on the main web page for Health Sciences.

Of course, the Health Sciences change will also mean changes in course listings in Banner and such. Records and Registration will have send out info about those changes this week.

Health Sciences is just the latest name change on campus. You may remember that “Distance Learning” is now called “Distributed Education.” That change is also taking place bit by bit.

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