Over at Venture Nashville Connections, Milt Capps has written about a potentially promising alliance between Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University and Tennessee Technological University. Officials at the schools are looking to develop a "distributed research park" that would pool best practices around their tech transfer operations and supporting the state's regional business accelerators. Things are at a very early stage and there are plenty of paths to explore.
A physical campus for a central MT-DRP "technology concentration" facility is among the options that are to be studied. However, in the absence of such a physical geographic nexus, the "distributed research park" could take the form of collaborative, cooperative or community programs.
The Middle School of Anesthesia has partnered with a publicly traded company based in Georgia to help students sharpen their skills with ultrasound-guided tools. The Madison school and Halyard Health — which was formerly known as Kimberly-Clark Health Care and went public (Ticker: HYH) early this month — will get students up to speed on the technology, which allows local anesthetic to be delivered right to where a patient's pain is, "reducing the chance of the side effects commonly associated with narcotics."
Marian University at Saint Thomas Health has named Dr. Constance Hall director of nursing academic services. The position is newly created.
Marian University at Saint Thomas Health is an accelerated nursing program offering those with a bachelor’s degrees in non-nursing disciplines the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in no more than 16 months.
Previously, Hall (pictured) served as nursing curriculum chair for Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. There, she was responsible for guiding faculty members on the strategic development of curriculum while also spearheading numerous electronic learning initiatives for the school, according to a release. In addition to her role as chair, she worked as the assistant professor of nursing and patient care coordinator/registered nurse for the Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing.
Hall holds a doctorate degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in nursing, both from the University of Phoenix. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
“Constance is a dynamic professional who brings a wealth of nursing experience and exceptional leadership skills to her new role,” Dr. Anita Siccardi, dean of the Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing at Indianapolis-based Marian University, said in the release. “With Constance’s guidance, we look forward to continuing to enhance our educational program and drive even better outcomes for our students.”
Belmont University plans to offer a dual Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Business Administration degree program beginning in the fall semester of 2015.
The four-year dual program is the only one of its kind in Middle Tennessee and reflects a changing pharmaceutical job market that requires entrepreneurial and management skills.
"The modern practice of pharmacy is constantly evolving, and now — more than ever before — it's imperative that new [pharmacy] graduates also enter the workforce with a strong business acumen," Dr. Phil Johnson, dean of Belmont's College of Pharmacy, said in a release.
The Council on Education for Public Health has extended its full accreditation for the Master of Science in Public Health program at Meharry Medical College until the end of 2021. The Meharry program was first granted accreditation for five years in 2009. Its seven-year extension is the maximum period allowed.
“Producing top-notch public health professionals is at the helm of Meharry’s mission,” said Cherrie Epps, Meharry’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to gain the approval of CEPH to continue educating, training and equipping students to meet the public health challenges in underserved communities.”
Tennessee State University will next week roll out its new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. The center will be based on the Avon Williams Campus and be the umbrella entity for the Nashville Business Incubation Center and the school's Small Business Development Center. Ruthie Reynolds will be its first executive director.
The year-old Dickson campus of Freed-Hardeman University will next fall begin to offer new baccalaureate degrees in psychology, criminal justice and social work. FHU took over operations of the Renaissance Center last year. Dr. C.J. Vires, FHU's vice president for academics and enrollment management, said the new programs are being built because potential students and employers have been asking for them. Class will meet one day or night per week and online for eight weeks.
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