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School of Health Related Professions Alumni Newsletter

Fall 2009

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) alumni publications are published biannually by the Division of Public Affairs. The publications highlight education, clinical practice, alumni, and research for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Health Related Professions.

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Kristi Moore (right), assistant professor in the Radiologic Sciences program, with junior students Tyler Counts (left) and Holly Stover.
Kristi Moore (right), assistant professor in the Radiologic Sciences program, with junior students Tyler Counts (left) and Holly Stover.

Radiologic sciences begins first semester at SHRP

With an inaugural class of 23 students entering the classroom in August, Radiologic Sciences became the newest program offered at the School of Health Related Professions and the first of its kind in the state to offer a bachelor's degree.

The Dean's Corner

Greetings from the SHRP faculty, staff and students. It is my pleasure to share some of our good news with you. You helped lay a strong foundation of achievement and professionalism for our current students, and we intend to maintain your legacy.

Physical Therapy adds pair of residencies

Since enrolling its first class of students in 1973, the Physical Therapy program has gone from offering a BS degree to the Doctor of Physical Therapy. With more than 1,000 graduates over the past 35 years, it remains the only physical therapy program in the state.

Demand surges for clinical laboratory technologists

Clinical Laboratory Sciences began as a medical technology certificate program that graduated its first class in 1957. In 1977, it moved to SHRP and was upgraded to a B.S. program.

Cytotechnology keeps pace with advances in technology

Zelma Cason, director of Cytotechnology, has been involved with the program ever since its inception. Cason was the first student to earn a certificate in Cytotechnology at UMMC when the program began in 1966.

Dental Hygiene sees increase in class size

The Dental Hygiene program enrolled its first students in 1971, the same year that the School of Health Related Professions was established.

Occupational Therapy sees growth in enrollment

Since accepting its first class in 1989, the Occupational Therapy program in the School of Health Related Professions has grown in step with the profession nationwide. And as the program has grown, so has the profession's demand.

HIIM gains new part-time track

Enrolling students since 1989, Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) is a two-year program offering the Bachelor of Science degree.

Health Sciences adds class for writing skills

One of the newest programs in the School of Health Related Professions, Health Sciences began enrolling students in 2004. Health Sciences consists of two separate tracks, both designed to provide students with opportunities for career advancement by earning the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.