December 2020 College of Health Professions updates from Dean Zoher F. Kapasi

Zoher F. Kapasi
December 07, 2020
Dean Zoher F. Kapasi in his office.

Dear CHP alumni and donors,  

As 2020 comes to a close, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude for your continued support of the college. This year has been challenging for us all, but we remain hopeful for what the new year will bring. However, before we look to the future, I hope you will join me in celebrating a few 2020 accomplishments from within the College of Health Professions (CHP). 

  • The online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies (HCS) program will now offer a new pathway to an Accelerated Executive Master in Health Administration (A-EMHA) degree. The new accelerated A-EMHA track will only be available to students in the HCS program that meet the minimum requirements. Students accepted into the A-EMHA program can complete both a Bachelor of Science and an MHA online, consecutively, with no gaps. Both degrees are finished in just three years (eight semesters) with a cost savings of more than $17,000 and one-year's time savings.
  • Nancy Carson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, and Na Jin Seo, Ph.D., received approval of their tenure status, effective Jan. 1, 2021, at the recent MUSC Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Amanda Giles, OTD, OTR/L, associate professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, was selected to receive the American Occupational Therapy Association 2021 Roster of Fellows Award. The award recognizes members who, through their knowledge, expertise, leadership, advocacy, or guidance, have made a significant contribution over time to the profession with a measured impact on consumers of occupational therapy services or members of the association.
  • Jack Thomas, PT, EdD, professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Alpha Eta Honor Society for a two-year term. Alpha Eta is the national honor society for the allied health professions.
  • Francis Marion University (FMU) voluntarily withdrew its accreditation with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). In mid-November, CHP’s Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program received approval from the ARC-PA to permanently increase the maximum entering class size from 60 students to 97 students beginning in January. MUSC’s PAS program was previously approved to increase its class size starting in May. This change in effective date will allow the students from Francis Marion University (FMU) to transfer to MUSC’s PAS program in January. 

I am so proud of our college's accomplishments, and we could not do it without you! I want to thank you for your continued support, and I hope that you and your loved ones continue to stay well. 

On behalf of all the faculty, staff, and students in the college, I wish you a very happy New Year!

Zoher F. Kapasi, PT, Ph.D., MBA, FAPTA
Dean and professor
College of Health Professions