Salus University is creating a new College of Health Sciences, Education and Rehabilitation (CHER). Formed by combining its existing College of Health Sciences and College of Education and Rehabilitation, CHER will house the University’s programs in Blindness & Low Vision studies, Physician Assistant studies, Biomedicine, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and a Post-Baccalaureate program.
Emphasizing Salus' health science, education and rehabilitation expertise, the new college will further our interprofessional education efforts and promote rehabilitation and interdisciplinary collaboration across all of our programs. CHER is expected to be operational by year end.
“I am excited about this next step in the evolution of Salus University, which has been charting The Future of Health Science Since 1919
,” said President Dr. Michael Mittelman. “I want to thank our faculty, in particular, for their candor and invaluable input as we developed the structure of this new college. A search for a distinguished health science education leader to serve as its dean has been launched.”
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is CHER being created?
- To allow for a unified mission and vision for all of our health science, education and rehabilitation programs.
- To increase opportunities for collaboration and interprofessionalism, which leads to greater learning opportunities for our students and increased cross-disciplinary research of a scholarly, and hopefully externally funded, nature.
- To provide a logical home for future programs and degrees.
Will there be substantive changes to any of the existing educational programs?
No. Our existing programs provide successful outcomes for our students and we anticipate no need for programmatic changes.
Will the creation of CHER impact the accreditation of any of the existing programs?
No. Our existing programs have exemplary records of accreditation and we are in the process of notifying accreditation bodies of the creation of CHER. Since no programmatic changes are planned, we do not anticipate any disruption in regards to accreditation.
Will this change affect the course of study of students already pursuing degrees at the existing College of Health Sciences or College of Education and Rehabilitation?
No. Curriculum and plans of study will remain as they are and there will be no impact to our students’ progress through their programs or their ability to graduate in a timely manner.
Will tuition increase?
No increases in tuition will result as a result of the creation of CHER. As always, we are focused on containing cost structure in order to keep our tuition and fees affordable.
Will there be changes in the existing faculty?
No. Our faculty is among the best in their fields. Faculty appointments, promotions and tenure will continue to be handled routinely according to existing University policies.
Will there be leadership changes?
We have begun a search for a distinguished leader in health science education to serve as the dean of CHER. Otherwise, the program leadership and our overall administrative structure will remain the same.
When will the transition to CHER be official and complete?
Our hope is to have all major activities related to the transition completed before the end of the year.