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Published in Alumni Publications on July 01, 2010

The Dean's Corner

By Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., Dean

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.


  • This fall, SHRP enrolled a total of 665 students, up from 590 in fall 2009.
  • In March, Clinical Laboratory Sciences had its site visit for accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and in September the program was reaccredited with no recommendations.
  • Cytotechnology also had a site visit in March and gained reaccreditation in July with no recommendations by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
  • Dental Hygiene received its reaccreditation by the American Dental Association in August with no recommendations after having its site visit in March.
  • We initiated a new Master of Health Sciences degree program in 2010. This part-time, online program allows credentialed health-care providers who hold bachelor's degrees to earn their master's. Enrollment will be competitive and limited to 25 per cohort, with new cohorts each semester.
  • Our Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy professional graduate programs continue to have strong enrollment and very high pass rates on their licensure exams.
  • Our baccalaureate programs in clinical laboratory sciences, cytotechnology, dental hygiene, health informatics and information management, and health sciences are maintaining or growing in enrollment and doing well on their applicable credentialing exams.

With the economy as it is, we project further reductions in state funding. However, we expect enrollment growth to help us weather any funding cuts. We continue to seek all possible efficiencies in using our funds.