Jefferson's undergraduate division has a new name the College of Health Professions (CHP) and more.
The College's proposal to change its name and Bylaws was approved by the University board of trustees at their December 2, 1996 meeting. Notification and implementation of the new name has begun and will continue throughout February.
The College's revised Bylaws include the adoption of a mission statement with increased emphasis on interdisciplinary education and international initiatives, as well as the streamlining of governance to increase efficiency.
"The new name more accurately reflects the position of nursing in the College and the growing recognition of the independent nature of each health profession," says CHP dean Lawrence Abrams, EdD.
"Symbolically, the new name represents the University's ability to adapt and lead in the changing healthcare environment," he adds.
When the University"s undergraduate division was organized 30 years ago, the phrase "allied health" had been coined by the federal government as a convenient way to group certain health-related professions for purposes of federal funding. Like many other colleges around the United States at that time, Jefferson incorporated allied health into its name.
Says CHP senior associate dean Linda G. Kraemer, PhD, who spearheaded the College's strategic planning process that led to the Bylaws changes, "We are in exciting new times, and we are well-positioned for the 21st century."
The College continues to offer programs in diagnostic imaging (radiography and ultrasound), general studies, laboratory sciences (biotechnology, cytogenetic technology, cytotechnology, medical technology), nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy.