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B-CU’s Petrock College of Health Sciences Introduce New Opportunities for Graduate Level Programs


Most recently, the Petrock College of Health Sciences Department of Rehabilitation Science officially launched its Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program. The MAT program began this Fall with its inaugural class of students. These students come from three different HBCU’s, and have a strong health science background.  Since their arrival, they have immediately been immersed in a clinical rotation with the B-CU football program, and have been traveling with the team providing medical services.

“They are quickly learning clinical skills, and are on their way to becoming great future Athletic Trainers!” said Dr. Torrance Williams, Department Chair and Program Director. The Master of Athletic Training Program offered by the Department of Rehabilitation Science faculty consists of: Dr. Torrance Williams, Chair/Program Director, Dr. Dewayne Dubose, Assistant Professor and Dr. Jyl O'Brien Williams, Clinical Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor. 

“We are so excited to welcome our inaugural cohort and are pleased to be the first HBCU in the state and the nation to offer a Master of Athletic Training program,” stated Dr. Deanna Wathington, Executive Dean of the Petrock College of Health Sciences and the B-CU School of Graduate Studies.  

Additionally, the Petrock College of Health Sciences Department of Counseling is offering mental health counseling through the Community Counseling Center at Midtown. The Community Counseling Center is a free mental health clinic that provides counseling and group services free of charge to residents of Volusia County who are either under insured or uninsured. All clinical groups and individual counseling services are facilitated by graduate level counseling students who are in the internship portion of their program. The clinic is supervised by licensed clinicians.  The Department of Counseling offers the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and department faculty consists of: Dr. Jeffrey Haynes, Chair/Program Director, Dr. Deborah Wilson, Associate Professor and Dr. Nichole Jones, Assistant Professor.  

Dr. Wathington offered praise, stating, “The Department of Counseling is offering a vital service to the community and enriching clinical experience for our students. I applaud their efforts to meet the growing need for mental health care services in this era of greater recognition and appreciation of such care."

To learn more about the Community Counseling Center at Midtown email, For more information about the Petrock College of Health Sciences contact, Dr. Deanna Wathington, Executive Dean, 386-481-2385 or

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