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School of Professional Studies News

Health Promotion and Fitness Major Receives Important Designation

The National Strength and Conditioning Association has officially recognized Otterbein University's Department of Health and Sport Sciences, Health Promotion and Fitness major (HPF) for the strength and conditioning component of the major. The strength and conditioning option enables students to secure a vital and marketable certification. With this recognition the HPF major will now be recognized nationally as a leader in preparing students for this professional credential. Congratulations to Dr. Kim Fischer for her efforts in obtaining this important designation for the department.

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Department of Nursing Receives Grant

The Ohio Board of Nursing awarded the Otterbein Department of Nursing nearly $200,000 for its 2-year project, FLAME: Fostering Leaders, Advocates, Mentors and Educators, beginning in September 2009. The project helps prepare licensed nurses in the skill sets of nurse educator and clinical nurse leader through an innovative education/leadership program.

Otterbein will expand on current collaboration with Fairfield Medical Center to collaborate with the Department of Veteran Affairs Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center to prepare students through intension mentored education and leadership immersion experiences. Through the use of distance technology and an accelerated format, the FLAME model will be implemented with students to complete a combined Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader program leading to a Masters Degree in Nursing and a Nursing Education Certificate. These Master's prepared nurse leaders will be encouraged to remain in their communities to improve health care quality, promote advocacy and/or serve as educators or mentors of pre-licensure nursing students.

Faculty News

Nursing Professor Receives Grant of more than $36,000

Nursing professor Patricia Keane was awarded a grant of more than $36,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for her project titled Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship. The purpose of this project is to increase the numbers of advanced practice nurses who provide health services to diverse underserved population in rural counties, central and Appalachia Ohio.

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Dr. Barbara Schaffner
Dean of the School of Professional Studies
p / 614.823.1735
e / bschaffner@otterbein.edu

Kelly Stoll
Assistant to the Dean 
p/ 614.823.1527
e / kstoll@otterbein.edu

p / 800.488.8144
e / uotterb@otterbein.edu


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