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School of Health Related Professions Alumni Newsletter

Fall 2010

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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Master of Health Sciences students listen as Dr. Steve Watson, associate dean for student services in the School of Health Related Professions, discusses leadership qualities during an orientation session last spring at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
Master of Health Sciences students listen as Dr. Steve Watson, associate dean for student services in the School of Health Related Professions, discusses leadership qualities during an orientation session last spring at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Student interest helps drive new Master of Health Sciences program

In 2004, the School of Health Related Professions enrolled the first students in Health Sciences, a baccalaureate program designed to promote career advancement for health-care workers and administrative personnel by equipping them with a professional 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 in this fall edition of the alumni newsletter. You helped lay a strong foundation of achievement and professionalism for our current students, and we intend to maintain your legacy.

Morgan named new chair of OT

With 103 students currently enrolled, the Occupational Therapy program continues to prepare the next generation of therapists for the high-demand profession. In May, 30 students graduated from the master's degree program.

Radiologic Sciences students gain new simulation lab

The new Radiologic Sciences program has completed its first year in SHRP after enrolling its first group of students last August. Those 22 students are on track to earn the B.S. degree next spring as they complete the five-semester long program.

1991 HIIM graduate named alumna of the year

For the 2009-2010 academic year, the Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) program graduated 15 students, including two from its progression program, an online track for part-time students.

Dental Hygiene online program set for next year

For the 2009-2010 academic year, 19 students graduated with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene. The two-year program enrolled 25 new students in June for a total of 48 current students.

PT faculty, alums boost professional activities

The Physical Therapy program had 65 students graduate for the 2009-2010 academic year. Currently, 149 students are enrolled in the three-year program, plus an additional 29 students in the transitional DPT program (a track that allows licensed PTs who hold a B.S. or M.S. to advance to the doctorate).

CLS program offers dual degrees

For the 2009-2010 academic year, the Clinical Laboratory Science program graduated 31 students. Led by program director Dr. LaToya Richards, CLS currently has 34 traditional students and 31 Advanced Standing students.

Cason lends expertise in Nigeria

The Cytotechnology program graduated five students for the 2009-10 academic year. The program currently has five juniors andsix seniors enrolled.

Did you know?

Adding about 40 new students each semester, the Health Sciences program has a total enrollment of 154 this fall. Designed for part-time and working students, the program had 40 students graduate in May.

Hands-on learning

Enjoy this look at Dental Hygiene students at UMMC.