Allied health program might move into science building

2012-12-17T00:15:00Z Allied health program might move into science buildingBy MARY PICKETT mpickett@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette
December 17, 2012 12:15 am  • 

The Montana State University Billings College of Allied Health Professions is the newest college on campus.

But it is growing so quickly, its quarters are feeling a little snug, says College Dean Diane Duin.

If the 2013 Montana Legislature approves an expected bonding bill that includes the renovation and expansion of the MSU Billings science building, the Allied Health Profession program will move across campus into the facility.

The move would have several advantages, Duin said.

The college would not only have more space, it could consolidate faculty offices and classrooms, which now are in Apsaruke Hall and in the P.E. Building.

Even after a move, some classes would remain in the P.E. Building because of space and equipment needs.

The move will enable faculty and students to more easily collaborate with each other and with science faculty and students.

Most of Duin’s students already take basic science courses in the building.

The college, which started in 2004, now has 593 students majoring in its programs, 14 full-time faculty and several part-time faculty.

The college offers degrees in health administration, rehabilitation, athletic training and health and human performance.

An outdoor adventure leadership program that started four years ago now has 42 students majoring in the field.

Most graduates, particularly those in rehabilitation and mental health counseling, find jobs after graduation.

Mental health counselors are in big demand not only because of the growing number of veterans with mental health issues but also because of more awareness of mental health problems in the general public.

Other students go on to graduate schools in physical therapy and occupational therapy.

 

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