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University of the Cumberlands adds branch in northern Kentucky


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) will be servicing students through a satellite campus in northern Kentucky beginning this fall. The new branch, located in Florence, Ky., will host three programs: the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, the master’s program in Physician Assistant Studies, and the Lifelong Learning program.

Students in the Ph.D. program will meet in classes on site for a one year residency and then complete their clinical rotations in clinics and hospitals in the northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area. The PA program will do part of their clinical rotations in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Cumberlands is hoping to receive approval to offer on-site classes for the PA program on the Florence campus by fall 2013.

“We don’t have approval for the PA program yet, but we are trying to get approval for a full program in northern Kentucky. We’re building a clinical rotation site up there now, and then we’ll ask for full program up in that area,” said Dr. Larry Cockrum, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The northern Kentucky branch will also host the Lifelong Learning program, a degree completion program for working adults. Presently, the program offers degree completion in the areas of business administration, psychology, human services, and criminal justice.

University of the Cumberlands initially required a satellite campus to supply more clinical rotations opportunities for students in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology.

“There are not mental hospitals around here that we can use. We looked in Lexington and Louisville as well as northern Kentucky, and in going through the scope of it, we found more facilities in the Cincinnati and N. Kentucky area,” said Cockrum.

UC is also looking to admit twice as many students into its PA program within the next few years. Administrators should know by September whether or not the enrollment increase will be approved.

“If we double the size of the PA program, we won’t have enough clinical rotations in this area to handle it. Our plan is to open the northern Kentucky branch and send part of the students up there for their clinical rotations. After we do that, in December, we’ll ask for a full program in Florence,” said Cockrum; “There is a need for physicians’ assistants. The field is really growing, and we can help meet that need.”

UC is also in the process of expanding the building for the northern Kentucky campus in order to better accommodate the three programs it serves.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.