NSU HPD Catalog 2020-2021

NSU Health Professions Division 1 I am honored that you have chosen to be a Shark at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). By choosing NSU and one of the colleges within our Health Professions Division, you have affirmed your high level of commitment to excellence in providing patient-centered care. As an NSU Shark, you will gain a competitive advantage in your career with the help of experienced faculty members, cutting-edge curricula, resources, facilities, and hands-on, experiential learning. NSU will help you unleash your potential to be a leader in any profession you choose. Now, more than ever, during these challenging times of a global public health crisis, the world is recognizing the need for quality health care professionals. The Association of American Medical Colleges has predicted a serious shortage of doctors by 2033, in both primary and specialty care. Fortunately, we believe we are addressing that need, andmany others, through expansion and innovation—leading the state of Florida as the premier provider of multiple disciplines in health care education. For instance, NSU’s College of Dental Medicine leads other schools in educating dentists who provide dental care to children with autism spectrum disorder. Also, NSU has the only optometry college in the state of Florida, and our Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences is the top educator of physician assistants regionally and nationally, with a 20-year record of graduates surpassing the national average in first-time pass rates on the national certification exam. NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater officially opened its doors to students in the summer of 2019. The facility was completed in just 17 months and houses programs in the health care sciences, psychology, and education. It offers expanded course locations for NSU’s Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences and Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing, as well as an additional site for the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. NSU also continues to be one of only three universities in the nation to offer both D.O. and M.D. degrees. Additionally, a new, teaching, research, and community hospital is under construction on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, with a planned opening of September 2021. Through a partnership with HCA East Florida, the hospital will provide our students with integrated academic, research, and clinical opportunities. Students and faculty members will conduct cutting-edge research and clinical trials, with potential for advanced medical breakthroughs. NSU is recognized and ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as among the top 200+ National Doctoral Research Universities in the nation. Our researchers are making advances in fields such as cardiovascular disease, anti- cancer and stem cell therapies, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, and others. As a student, you will have access to NSU’s Center for Collaborative Research (CCR). Located on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, the CCR is home to world-renowned scientists and researchers working in a state-of-the-art facility. Students gain practical experience through simulation labs, clinical rotations, research projects and presentations, medical missions, community service, internships, and more. Welcome to the NSU family. Fins Up! George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. NSU President and Chief Executive Officer Letter from the NSU President/CEO