International College/Nova Southeastern University Extend Collaboration

International College and Nova Southeastern University (NSU) today announced an extended collaboration that will bring NSU’s Allied Health curriculum to International College’s (IC) Naples Campus.

The enhanced collaboration with NSU will result in the following academic program additions at IC:

· Bringing a Registered Nurse (R.N.) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Program, beginning in August 2004. NSU will teach the B.S.N. courses, while IC will teach any general education courses to students as needed.

· Expanding Health Studies to include a Pre-Pharmacy program. Students must complete a minimum of 63 semester hours at IC and then go to NSU in Fort Lauderdale for the Pharm.D. Program. Pre-Pharmacy is slated for a summer 2004 launch.

· Bringing a Physician Assistant master degree program to Naples in the near future.

This new affiliation is an extension of the original agreement, where IC students who are enrolled in the Health Studies program at International -- with a focus on physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant -- study locally for three years and, fulfilling certain requirements, go on to earn their master’s degree at NSU in Fort Lauderdale.

"Nova Southeastern University is known for its commitment to excellence both in distance education, and in its Allied Health Program," said NSU President Ray Ferrero, Jr. "We’re please to have expanded our current agreement with International College – an agreement that is enhancing career offerings for students throughout Southwest Florida."

"Meetings with Nova Southeastern University administration have evolved since the March 2003 collaboration," said International College President Terry P. McMahan. "There is great chemistry between the two institutions. We see a lot of potential in bringing educational opportunities to the southwestern region of Florida, on a collaborative basis, which allows us both to address our strengths without getting into competing programs. NSU has very strong graduate programs in Allied Health and this is an area we intend to expand at the undergraduate level."

NSU is well known for innovation and quality both in traditional and distance education, offering degree programs in 22 states, in addition to Florida and 10 foreign countries. The university serves large numbers of adult students, a growing population of traditional undergraduates, and is the 10th largest, not-for-profit university in the U.S.

As part of International College’s Phase II construction project, NSU and IC will share a new, nearly 14,000-square foot modular that will be built to accommodate the expanded program. The modular construction will begin in April and is expected to be completed by July 1. It will contain six classrooms that can hold up to 24 students each, two science labs that can accommodate up to 24 students each, a large lecture hall, and 16 offices. Approximately 250 parking spaces will be added as part of the construction which, combined with a new perimeter road, will create a complete cyclical drive and parking area for the entire campus.

The modular will come at a good time. Enrollment at International College is booming. About 200 more students enrolled for winter term classes, which is a 14 percent increase over last winter. Due to spacing limitations, International College professors conduct biology, chemistry, and anatomy & physiology classes at The Community School in Naples.

"The Community School has been very generous to allow us to use their facilities, but we need the additional space. Right now, classrooms are utilized every night of the week at full capacity," said Jeanette Brock, J.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. "The modular’s science rooms, which are equipped with labs, will allow us to bring the science classes back to our own Naples campus."

Part of the student growth is attributed to International College’s dual enrollment agreement with NSU. NSU has expressed interest in bringing some of its other graduate programs to the Naples area, such as psychology and education.

"NSU has built a powerful, renowned curriculum at its College of Allied Health," said Dr. Fred Lippman, Chancellor of NSU’s Health Professions Division, which houses the College of Allied Health. "Just as much as NSU is committed to continually enhancing its curriculum, it is dedicated to bringing this, and other programs, to students at International College."

"This is an exciting time for NSU, International College, and the southwestern region of Florida" said Carlene Harrison, IC Allied Health Programs Chair. "Through the enhanced alliance between both institutions, students will be offered an opportunity to pursue high-paying positions in the healthcare field without having to leave the area for their education."
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