Undergraduate and graduate school offerings continue to increase with the addition of four new programs within three colleges.
The College of Allied Health has added a Master of Science in cardiac function and interventional technology to begin in Fall 2022. This program is the first of its kind worldwide and seeks to instill essential knowledge, skills and dispositions for successful careers, as well as servant leadership in cardiac device and interventional technologies with an emphasis in cardiac rhythm management and electrophysiology. Students will complete 34 credit hours over the course of 10 months and receive hands-on training from cardiac device companies on the latest equipment and procedures. They also will work with cardiac rhythm management programmers and electrophysiology mapping systems to learn the specifics of interventional technology.
“I’m very excited that we are introducing the new, cutting edge CFIT program,” said President David Burks. “It will be a great addition to our already strong set of health science offerings.”
A second graduate program, launched in August 2021, is the Master of Science in applied dietetics practice. The first program of its kind in Arkansas, it provides a challenging educational experience consistent with Christian ideals preparing entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists for evidence-based practice in all communities. This new and innovative program within the College of Sciences is one of the few in the country that is competency-based and allows students to complete their courses and required supervised learning experiences wherever they are located. A combination of distance learning and remote supervised learning experiences allows students flexibility as well as an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills directly in their communities. In addition to the 52 credit hours, students will be required to complete a minimum of 1106 hours of supervised experiential learning.
The College of Sciences also launched a Bachelor of Science in community engagement in August 2020. This program prepares students to become agents of positive change in their communities with a foundation based on theory, prevention and skill development to better meet the needs and challenges of today’s society. This includes careers in nonprofits and other human service organizations. The degree plan incorporates service learning opportunities from the local community and includes courses from Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration and social work department.
A third new graduate program, launching Spring 2022, is a Master of Education in Christian education leadership offered through Har-ding Online and the College of Education. This 30-credit program, the first of its kind nationwide, will prepare Christian school leaders to better serve and lead in their Christian and independent school communities. Offered 100% online, it will equip these school leaders with the knowledge of generational faith needs, financial and legal obligations, leadership effectiveness and cultural awareness.