Connell Named Dean of Nursing and Health Professions Programs

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(Bradenton, Fla., March 3, 2020) State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), has named Matt Connell as dean for the College’s Nursing and Health Professions programs.

Connell has served as the director of SCF’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program since August 2011 and began serving as interim dean of Nursing and Health Professions in June 2019. “Matt has done a wonderful job of leading this division for the last several months, and I am thrilled that he will be our permanent dean moving forward,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Todd G. Fritch.

Connell received his master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2005 from Quinnipiac University. He spent several years providing professional education workshops for health care and higher education professionals before joining SCF.

Connell says SCF programs are constantly changing to meet the needs of the community. “All of our health professions and nursing programs have seen consistent growth,” he observed. “As medical technology advances, and we get a better understanding of disease processes, we’re seeing folks living longer. We’re seeing more folks that need health care services.”

Connell said SCF is always looking at evolving health care landscapes. “We’re really in tune to how our demographics change in our service region.”

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, is the region’s first and largest public college, serving 11,000 students a year. SCF has achieved 100% licensure passing rates for its Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Dental Hygiene and Radiography programs. SCF’s Nursing Program has a 98% licensure passing rate, and has the No. 1 online registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Florida. For more information about SCF, visit SCF.edu.

Photo Caption: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), has named Matt Connell as dean for the College’s Nursing and Health Professions programs.

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