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Department of Clinical Sciences

 

Department of Clinical Sciences

The Department of Clinical Sciences houses three accredited professional practice programs within the College of Health Professions: Anesthesia for Nurses (doctorate), Cardiovascular Perfusion (master’s), and Physician Assistant Studies (master’s). The department also includes the Division of Healthcare Studies which offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree in order to advance in their current work setting, gain employment in a healthcare setting, or apply to a graduate health care program. The Department of Clinical Sciences includes over 16 faculty members, 290 students, and administrative and clinical support staff for each program. State of the art classrooms and teaching labs are provided, and close working relationships with many health care organizations in South Carolina and beyond are cultivated. The use of simulation is also pervasive in the Department of Clinical Sciences with faculty serving as leaders in simulation within their professions. Department of Clinical Sciences faculty are at the forefront of their profession by engaging in teaching, research, and advocacy and students benefit from the rich opportunities available to them to become well-rounded professionals.


Nancy Carson headshotNancy Carson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, serves as the interim chairperson of the Department of Clinical Sciences as well as associate dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the college. She completed clinical training in occupational therapy at MUSC and received a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. As associate dean, she works with all programs within the College of Health Professions to ensure compliance with academic policies and procedures and to support faculty development. As an academic educator and professor, she teaches in the occupational therapy program and participates in interprofessional education initiatives. She has over 24 years of academic experience and in 2016, she was named to the Roster of Fellows by the American Occupational Therapy Association for significant contributions to the continuing education and professional development of members of the association.