Health Professions gets makeover as Nursing becomes 'school'
The College of Health Professions, within the Consortium of Professional Schools and Colleges, has been reorganized to strengthen its research and educational mission and to simplify its administrative structure.

The existing college will split into two schools: the School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions.

Additionally, the Department of Exercise Science and four faculty positions and a part-time staff position will transfer to Biological Sciences.

The consortium will be known as the Consortium of Professional Schools and will include the School of Forestry and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, both of which will remain unchanged.

The changes were approved by the Arizona Board of Regents last week in Tucson.

Changing the Department of Nursing to the School of Nursing better reflects the stature, function and complexity of Nursing by providing greater recognition statewide and among peer institutions as well as aligning NAU's program with other collegiate nursing programs in Arizona. Faculty and staff will remain the same.

The School of Health Professions will include four departments:
Dental Hygiene
Rehabilitation Sciences, to include Communication Sciences and Disorders and
   Physical Therapy
Health Sciences, formerly Health Promotion
Athletic Training

No additional resources will be needed for these changes.
The changes are a continuation of President John Haeger's academic structuring announced last year.

Also during last week's meeting, ABOR approved the formation of a new institute at NAU.

The Strategic Alliance for Bioscience Research and Education, known as SABRE, will unite a variety of disciplines into the biosciences area for research and other educational activities for undergraduates and graduate students. SABRE will include the life sciences, chemistry, environmental science, physics, and engineering for complementary research. The institute should require no new funding for the first two years with minimal Prop 301 funding in the third year.

A new degree program, the bachelor of science in health sciences: medical imaging and therapy, also was approved by the regents. The online program is in conjunction with Gateway Community College.