School of Professional Studies News
Health Promotion and Fitness Major Receives Important Designation
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
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
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
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.