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The College of Allied Health Sciences is as strong as ever inspite of continued budget reductions.Applicants to CAHS graduate programs are the highest on the ECU campus, 950 for fall 2013 admission, indicating the demand for our well recognized and high quality allied health degree programs.Our new M.S. in Health Informatics and Information Management accepted its first class of students in the fall 2013, replacing the longstanding B.S. in Health Information Management.This is both a face-to-face and web-based distance education graduate program designed for professionals seeking high level positions in large clinic and hospitals that can set-up and administer electronic health records systems. The Department of Rehabilitation Studies changed its name to the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies (DARS) to recognize both emphasis areas.Once again, the M.S. in rehabilitation counseling ranked #13 nationally in the US News and World Report rankings.

During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, six degree programs in CAHS achieved a 100% first time student pass rate on their respective national certification exams (MS in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling; BS in Clinical Laboratory Science, MS in Speech Pathology, MS in Occupational Therapy; Doctor of Physical Therapy; MS in Physician Assistant Studies).Several degree programs have maintained 100% students first time pass rates for two or more years.This past August, the DPT program achieved another 100% first pass rate, this time for its most recent May 2013 graduating class.The December 2012 PA graduating class not only received a 100% first time pass rate but achieved a 95th percentile aggregate score on their credentialing examination.This speaks to the excellence of our faculty, curriculums and students.

The Department of Additions and Rehabilitation Studies received an $828,956, three-year continuation grant from the Department of Defense through Operation Reentry North Carolina (ORNC), to provide an innovative means to enable outreach to homeless veterans and their families in eastern North Carolina.This is a campus-wide initiative that will use a mobile unit and telecounseling to reach wounded warriors. This initiative addresses the major funding focus by the Department of Defense on community reintegration.CAHS has received a number of ORNC grants as a result of their innovative approaches to rehabilitation.

I could go on but I will have move exciting developments to share with you in my next Dean's Message.Thank you for your interest in and support of the ECU College of Allied Health Sciences.You are an important and valued member of the CAHS family. 

All the best,
Stephen Thomas, Professor and Dean

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