The recognition exemplifies Duquesne's commitment to expanding student horizons through collaborations with respected organizations dedicated to preparing future professionals for success.
Since becoming RSHS dean in 2017, Akinci has overseen the growth of new academic programs and research activities, while also developing partnerships with health care organizations and academic institutions at the national and international levels.
ASAHP is a non-profit organization of more than 115 academic institutions dedicated to advancing health through interprofessional collaboration. The association offers advocacy and educational programs to support allied health professionals in a variety of fields, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology.
"I'm very pleased to be joining the ASAHP's board of directors and honored to represent the Rangos School and Duquesne University," Akinci said. "The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how all health professionals work today, making collaboration even more critical to ensuring optimal population health outcomes. I look forward to working with the association to support our allied health professionals nationally and globally."
Many of the Rangos School's programs graduate students who achieve high pass rates on national licensing and certification exams, showing that students are well-prepared for future success. The school also is the first academic institution in the world to offer an accelerated Biomedical Engineering and Nursing dual degree to undergraduates.