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2011-2013 Undergradate & Graduate Bulletin 
2011-2013 Undergradate & Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

College of Nursing and Health Professions


Nadine A. Coudret, M.S.N., Ed.D., Dean

Susan G. Ahmad, M.S., O.T.R./L., Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Deborah Carl Wolf, R.D.H., M.Ed., Assistant Dean for Health Professions, Program Director, Dental Hygiene

Mary C. Ehlman, B.A., M.S.W., M.B.A., Ph.D., Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness

Claudine Fairchild, R.T.(R) (M), RDMS, M.S., Program Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Kimberly Hite, C.D.A., E.F.D.A., R.D.H., B.S., Program Director, Dental Assisting

Robert Hooper, R.R.T., M.A., Program Director, Respiratory Therapy

Jeri Burger, PhD, RN, Program Director, Undergraduate Nursing

Julie McCullough, Ph.D., R.D., Program Director, Food and Nutrition

Martin Reed, R.T.(R), Ph.D., Program Director, Radiologic and Imaging Sciences

Mayola Rowser, B.S.N., M.S.N., D.N.P., Ph.D., Program Director, Master of Science Nursing

Kevin Valadares, Ph.D., Program Director, Health Services and Health Administration

Ann White, M.S.N., M.B.A., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Nursing, Program Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Barbara Williams, Dr OT, OTR, Program Director, Occupational Therapy

The College of Nursing and Health Professions promotes excellence in its academic programs, faculty, and students and demonstrates leadership in healthcare education, research, practice, and community service. The College of Nursing and Health Professions prepares  students for personally satisfying, successful, and financially rewarding healthcare careers.

The college offers a wide array of campus, independent study, and online health professions continuing education and specialized certificate programs. A complete listing and schedule of offerings can be viewed on the college web site health.usi.edu.

Accrediting organizations representing the profession and/or appropriate state governmental agencies are identified with program information. Program graduates consistently excel on state and national licensing/registry exams and are heavily recruited by healthcare employers.

Faculty are academically prepared, experienced practitioners who are licensed, registered, and/or certified members of the professions in which they teach. The college provides a caring atmosphere in which students, faculty, and community healthcare professionals work together to optimize personal and professional development. The college provides educational experiences which prepare students to become competent practitioners and to successfully achieve licensure, registration, or certification in their fields.

Clinical Stimulation Center, Dental Clinic and Clinical Affiliates

The clinical simulation center located in the Day Learning Center provides students with diverse challenging learning activities. Computerized simulated learning activities prepare students for critical thinking and therapeutic intervention in their clinical practices. A state-of-the-art dental clinic and telehealth
clinic provide high-quality learning activities for students.

A wide variety of clinical facilities are utilized in the educational programs of the college. These facilities include Deaconess Health System and related facilities, St. Mary’s Medical Center and facilities, Evansville State Hospital, Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Health Department, Evansville Association for Retarded Citizens, Visiting Nurse Association of Southwestern Indiana, Rehabilitation Center, Planned Parenthood, Southwestern Indiana Adult Mental Health Center, Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging, senior citizens centers, dental offices, physicians’ offices, day care centers, nursing homes, area extended care facilities. A complete listing of clinical affiliates is located in the college office.

Admission and Progression Requirements

Students seeking admission to a clinical program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions must apply for admission to the University and submit a separate application to the program of their choice. To ensure the highest quality of student learning experiences, admission is competitive and limited. Students meeting academic requirements must be in good health; eligible for licensure, certification, or registration; and capable of meeting clinical practice requirements. Acceptance into a clinical program is contingent upon a negative drug screen and criminal record check. A felony may affect a graduate’s eligibility to sit for professional licensure/certification/registration. Additional information about the admission process and timeline is listed on each program’s web pages.

Minimum grade requirements for major and other selected courses are identified in student handbooks.

Additional information regarding admission criteria and progression requirements is listed in the individual program descriptions that follow and in program student handbooks. Program student handbooks are available online.

Financial Assistance

A number of scholarships are designated specifically for students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. These scholarships are in addition to the scholarships and other financial assistance that are available for all USI students.


Each student is assigned an academic advisor and is expected to confer with the advisor prior to course registration. Meeting degree requirements is each student’s responsibility. The College of Nursing and Health Professions major and minor program requirements are revised periodically. The revised requirements are announced to students enrolled in major courses or minor required courses and are published on the College of Nursing and Health Professions web pages.

Application for Degree and Diploma Form

A degree application and diploma form must be filed by students completing course requirements one semester prior to the semester in which the program will be completed. This application may be obtained from the College of Nursing and Health Professions office or online and should be returned to the student’s
academic advisor for review and approval.

Certificate and Degree Programs and Minors

The College of Nursing and Health Professions offers the following health professions certificate and degree programs and minors:



Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Dental Assisting

Go to information for Dental Assisting.


Associate of Science


Dental Hygiene

Go to information for Dental Hygiene.


Bachelor of Science

Food and Nutrition

Go to information for Food and Nutrition.


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science


Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness

Go to information for Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness.

Health Services


Bachelor of Science


Occupational Therapy

Go to information for Occupational Therapy.


Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Assistant


Associate of Science

Radiologic and Imaging Sciences

Go to information for Radiologic and Imaging Sciences.


Bachelor of Science

Respiratory Therapy


Associate of Science