Ohio University to expand Dublin campus

April 9, 2014 by  

Ohio University (OU) broke ground last month for a new building on its Dublin campus. The new facility will expand the programs OU is able to offer in the medical field.

The first medical class given by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, begins in July. Next year, the new building, formally called the Dublin Integrated Education Center, will host a Master’s degree program for physicians’ assistants.

The dean of Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, Randy Leite, said the institute hopes to start the program with 45 students, which will grow to 60. The college plans to start with 45 deliberately to make sure the program is working properly, then expand the enrollment. The new program will begin in May 2015 at the Dublin Campus, and the facility is scheduled to open in April.

Ohio University has been in contact with other education establishment in the area, including Otterbein, Ohio Dominican, and the University of Findlay’s School of Pharmacy. If agreements are worked out, these schools will be sending some of their students to the new OU building to train in various careers in health care. Columbus State Community College is also planning to join forces with Ohio University in this effort.

University officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for local high schools, outlining the new courses that will be offered when the building is complete.