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Stephens establishes Academy of Health Sciences

December 4, 2014

Furthering a long-standing tradition of excellence in preparing women for current market demands, Stephens College is establishing an Academy of Health Sciences to promote interest in the sciences and connect students of all ages to promising futures in the healthcare industry.

The academy will provide learning opportunities using strong academic and experiential curricula on the Stephens campus in Columbia. Programming will be available to K-12 through undergraduate students.

“We want to inspire a new generation of healthcare professionals interested in making the world a better place,” Stephens President Dianne Lynch said. “The healthcare profession is a growing field, and we want to challenge students to explore these careers.”

While programming will be co-ed, a strong emphasis will be placed on giving girls and young women a safe, supportive and nurturing environment where they will feel free to ask questions, share ideas and take on leadership roles.

“As the second-oldest women’s college in the country, we understand the importance of introducing girls to the world of science in an environment in which they will thrive,” Lynch said.

Stephens has a long history of high-quality science education and recently expanded programming. In addition to a biology degree, students can also earn a Bachelor of Health Science. The Equestrian Studies program offers unique opportunities for those interested in preparing for veterinary school. The College was the first in the country to offer a distance learning Health Information Administration degree and remains a leader in HIA education. And this year, Stephens announced the creation of a new Master of Physician Assistant program, scheduled to begin in 2016.

Debbie Brunner, who recently served as interim director of career services and previously worked as the education coordinator for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will serve as executive director, working with an advisory board of professionals and faculty who will develop and enhance programming.

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