HPU Continues Exploring New Academic Schools and Programs

May 25th, 2021

HPU Continues Exploring New Academic Schools and Programs

Pictured are physician assistant students in one of High Point University’s high-tech simulation labs. The university has seen success in recent years with prestigious graduate programs, and HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein has assembled a team of higher education leaders and consultants to explore new academic schools in law, nursing and optometry.


HIGH POINT, N.C., May 25, 2021 – As High Point University’s transformational growth continues, HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein has assembled a team of higher education leaders and consultants to explore new academic schools in law, nursing and optometry. The university also expects to launch a new doctor of medical sciences degree.

Graduate degree programs have become a successful focus for HPU, and the university now enrolls more than 1,000 graduate students. The schools and programs under consideration are consistent with HPU’s strategic plan and align with prestigious graduate programs that have launched in the past several years.

“At High Point University, we prepare students for the world as it is going to be,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “Our innovative and forward-thinking ideas to add new programs to respond to our ever-changing world is what we have been commissioned to do in higher learning.”

A Focus on Filling Crucial Roles

HPU has launched several health care programs that fill crucial needs. The university also recently established the Webb School of Engineering, which offers undergraduate degree programs in computer engineering, electrical engineering and computer science.

These engineering and health care programs offer high-level, prestigious degrees that attract talented students who will fill critical roles needed in the future. Similarly, HPU is considering a School of Law. The university currently offers a pre-professional law program for undergraduate students.

HPU 2 Linda Sekhon
Dr. Linda Sekhon

HPU’s Success in Health Care Education

HPU began focusing on graduate health care education programs in 2010, when Dr. Daniel Erb, who now serves as senior vice president for Academic Affairs, was hired as founding dean of the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

Since that time, HPU has established the Doctor of Physical Therapy, the Master of Physician Assistant Studies and the Master of Science in Athletic Training in the Congdon School of Health Sciences, as well as the Doctor of Pharmacy in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Linda Sekhon, who first joined HPU as the founding chair for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, has recently been appointed to founding chair of the Department of Medical Sciences and is working to launch a doctor of medical sciences degree program. The program expects to welcome its first cohort in fall 2022.

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Dr. Racquel Ingram

In February, HPU announced the hiring of Dr. Racquel Ingram as founding chair of the Department of Nursing. As Ingram lays

the groundwork for the department, which intends to welcome its first cohort in fall 2022, the university is considering the development of a full-fledged School of Nursing. Another program under consideration within a School of Nursing is a doctor of nursing practice degree with nurse anesthesia as the concentration.

Earlier this month, HPU also announced the establishment of the School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health, which will be led by Founding Dean Dr. Scott De Rossi.

These health care education programs can be found on the university’s $250 million Innovation

HPU 4 Dr. Scott De Rossi
Dr. Scott De Rossi

Corridor, a nearly half-mile stretch of campus where facilities, faculty and STEM-focused programs are housed.

Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), all of these programs will provide state-of-the-art education and professional training to students seeking rewarding and high-demand careers.