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Pride Bite: NSU to Establish M.D., Engineering/Computing, and Honors Colleges

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NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., announced that the university’s Board of Trustees created three new colleges and programs, adding to the university’s more than 150 degree offerings.

The additions include establishing a College of Allopathic Medicine (M.D. program) to complement NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O. program), a College of Engineering and Computing, and an undergraduate Farquhar Honors College.

“These additions are being made with input from students, faculty and staff for the benefit of current and prospective students and to meet the growing demand and unmet need of providing qualified physicians and engineers to the community and the nation,” said President Hanbury.  “These new programs address market needs and keep us on track with NSU’s Vision 2020 to become a premier private, not-for-profit research university known for quality and distinction.”

NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine
The new College of Allopathic Medicine will help meet the growing need of osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) physicians nationally and regionally. It also will complement the education currently offered in NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine along with the university’s extensive offerings of health professions degree programs. NSU will be the only university in the Southeastern United States and the first in Florida to house both an osteopathic medical school and an allopathic medical school.

NSU’s College of Engineering and Computing
The new College of Engineering and Computing will combine the Ph.D. and master’s degree programs formerly housed in the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, and bachelor’s degree programs across computer science, engineering, and information sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences. The college will offer a new bachelor of science in general engineering that will begin fall 2016.

NSU’s Farquhar Honors College
The undergraduate Farquhar Honors College will be comprised of students who meet high academic standards including those who are also part of certain highly competitive scholarship programs. Students who complete the Honors College programs will receive special acknowledgement on their diplomas and transcripts and at commencement ceremonies.

The establishment of these programs coincides with NSU’s additional growth plans, including the 2016 opening of a 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) and the future relocation of Plantation General Hospital to NSU’s main campus in Davie, Fla., by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) East Florida. The hospital will serve the surrounding community and eventually be a teaching and research facility integrated with NSU’s research centers and clinical trials. With these milestone additions, students in a variety of the health professions, including osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) medicine programs, as well as engineering students and those pursuing other fields of study, will have expanded opportunities for research and training to prepare them for their careers.