|Regional Academic Partners
North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University (NC A&T)
North Carolina A&T State University graduates the nation’s largest number of African American engineers at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels as well as psychology undergraduates. The School of Business and Economics, is also among the largest producers of African American certified public accountants. NC A&T is home to the largest agricultural school among historically black colleges and is the nation’s second largest producer of minority agricultural graduates.
Research at NC A&T is conducted within the 7 schools and colleges, the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), and in interdisciplinary research centers. Most of the university's research is organized into nine research clusters --multi-disciplinary areas in which A&T focuses its research resources. Major projects include collaborations with other universities, such as the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Biometallic Materials, and interdisciplinary projects within the university, such as the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies.
The JSNN is a collaboration between NC A&T and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. NC A&T faculty members in the Department of Nanoengineering and affiliated faculty members from departments across campus conduct research and work with graduate students in degree programs leading to MS and PhD degrees in nanoengineering. The JSNN is located at the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park, another major joint collaboration between the two universities. The JSNN is housed in a state-of-the-art 105,000 sq. ft. facility, with extensive labs and clean rooms. Gateway University Research Park and JSNN have partnered with leading manufacturers of tools that are critical to exploring the frontiers of nanoscience and nanoengineering. JSNN faculty and students have access to a sophisticated suite of tools including the only Carl Zeiss helium ion microscope in the Southeast. The JSNN provides an environment conducive to commercialization of university-developed intellectual properties and creates a space to facilitate industry/academic collaborations.
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU)
WSSU, founded in 1892, is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, and is a historically black university that offers baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. WSSU has consistently been ranked among the Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South - Bachelor's Category by U.S. News and World Report. WSSU offers over 40 undergraduate programs and 10 graduate programs with an enrollment of 6,333 students.
Department of Life Sciences: The Department of Life Sciences was established in 1971 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences. The basic science laboratories consist of approximately 1000 sq. ft. of laboratory space as well as most of the necessary equipment for a functional core laboratory. Six faculty laboratories are located on the 1st and 4th floors of the Wilveria Bass Atkinson Science building. Shared instrument rooms, a conference room, and a room for a computerized densitometry system for data analysis of autoradiograms and microscopy are located in the same building. Individual laboratories are available for 6 faculty from the Department of Life Sciences in the Piedmont Triad Research Community Center (PTCRC) building, within the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The building is shared with the WF Department of Physiology & Pharmacology with approximately 60,000 sq. ft. of total space. The animal facilities are located in the same building and adjacent to the laboratories. The facilities are under the direction of the WF Animal Resources Program, and the facilities are fully AAALAC-accredited.
The School of Health Sciences is located in the FL Atkins Building, which currently house the School offices, the nursing department, and the clinical laboratory science department. This 70,305 sq. ft. building houses the physical therapy, health care administration, and occupational therapy departments. The building contains a lecture hall with video conferencing, a computer lab with 64 units, a research center for faculty, a teleconferencing center and full laboratories and skills labs for each department. All offices, classrooms and teaching areas are equipped for internet and cable television. There are computer labs, skills practice labs, and clinical laboratory science diagnostic labs available for student practice and faculty research. The University/Community Wellness Center has a diagnostic lab where selected laboratory tests can be run.
Physical Therapy Department: WSSU has a progressive history of incorporating innovative technology into professional program curricula to support both the education and research training of physical therapy students. Faculty members continuously attend training workshops to support the implementation of advanced technology in the classroom and research laboratory. The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is built around an applied learning educational approach. This approach includes the use of community clinic learning labs, computer-aided human patient simulation, medical gaming, and virtual reality along advanced technology for the assessment of human motion. Departmental faculty received a provisional patent for a partial task trainer simulator used to educate students and practicing clinicians about pressure ulcers.
Virtual Hospital: The Department of Physical Therapy, in collaboration with the School of Health Sciences, has established a 4000 sq. ft. Virtual Hospital. The facility provides support for conducting interdisciplinary patient care scenarios involving physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, health management and clinical laboratory science students. In collaboration with the WF Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, doctoral students in Physical Therapy also participate in basic medical science simulations that require application of complex physiological and pharmacological concepts that are essential for the competent and safe practice of physical therapy. The Virtual Hospital contains two digital classrooms, one with a traditional lecture hall orientation and another built for small group interactive learning. Both rooms have digital technology that allows the viewing of live or pre-recorded simulation learning experiences. Through the METI-Learning Space (see below), experiences are available via the Internet to clinical learning partners. The VH also houses a medical records office, intake desk with waiting room, rehabilitation apartment, two private patient simulation rooms, two large suites for housing group simulations, and a central control room with glass windows for viewing the simulation suites. A functioning clinical laboratory station is also incorporated into the Virtual Hospital. Nine flat panel monitors are located within each of the described spaces for the display of patient monitoring information such as ECG rhythms.
The VH houses seven human patient simulators. Six of these simulators are high-fidelity, computer-aided mannequins that produce human-like physiological responses to virtually administered medications or programmed illness including various heart rates and rhythms, breath sounds, bowel sounds, seizures, sweating, bleeding, and urinating. One simulator is a mid-fidelity simulator used in cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. The Virtual Hospital also has two moulage kits to simulate burns, fractures, eviscerations and open wounds. Through hydraulic connections, the simulators may be programmed to bleed and produce “venous ooze” or an “arterial squirt”. The simulators are housed in advanced medical beds and on support services similar to those in an actual hospital. Wall mounts also simulate room oxygen, suction, and lighting, while flat screens display patient vital signs.
Through the METI Learning Space software, simulation experiences may be recorded and stored for later viewing. Grade book features including notation of timed responses and selection of individual student performance can be archived. METI Learning Space software also allows faculty to use previously created simulation patient scenarios and to export both live learning experiences and archived experiences to clinical training partners. These simulations can be exchanged between WSSU and Wake Forest. Mac computers are used to program the simulators and four individual servers control the METI-Live Software and the digital cameras placed throughout the hospital.
WSSU and WF Human Performance and Biodynamics Laboratory: The WSSU and WF Human Performance and Biodynamics Laboratory is located in the Piedmont Plaza Building near the WFBH main campus. This well-equipped, 2,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art human movement lab contains the newest equipment to monitor and measure human movement of all kinds. The lab is a collaborative training facility for Doctor of Physical Therapy students, WF postdoctoral students from Biomedical Engineering, medical students, and residents and fellows from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Faculty of the various disciplines conduct joint research in areas of interest. Equipment includes a 10-camera motion analysis system, four force plates mounted flush into the floor, a NeuroCom dynamic posturography equipment and computer, 16-channel electromyography unit, a video immersion virtual reality system, a GaitRite walkway with computer, Novel Pedar in-shoe and mat pressure systems, and a metabolic cart allowing for the measurement of oxygen consumption during activities. There are also two office spaces (each ~ 100 sq. ft.) with three desktop computers and software for data entry and analysis, along with four graduate student cubicles and a research participant changing room.
Appalachian State University (ASU)
Appalachian State University (ASU), 1 of the 26 universities in the University of North Carolina system, is located in Boone, NC, about 90 miles west of WF. ASU enrolls approximately 17,000 students and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. The College of Health Sciences began in 2010 and has 20 distinct programs of study organized in the departments of Nursing; Social Work; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Health and Exercise Sciences; and Recreation Management and Physical Education. There are currently close to 1,800 student majors in these programs.
The Wake Forest Physician Assistant Program now includes slots for up to 32 students at ASU. Accreditation for the ASU campus was granted in September 2013, and the first students enrolled in June 2014. The Boone campus has also been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)
UNCG is a public, coeducational, doctoral-granting university in the UNC system. UNCG has an enrollment of 18,000 students offering more than 100 undergraduate, 61 masters, and 16 doctoral programs.
The UNCG School of Nursing offers nursing programs at the BSN, RN-BSN, masters and PhD levels, both on campus and outreach areas in Hickory. It also co-sponsors anesthesia schools at WF and Duke. Students can have clinical experiences in over 500 agencies statewide. The School supports four nursing clinics for the elderly and/or disadvantaged as educational sites for students, made possible by strategic community partnerships. The UNCG School of Nursing was named a Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing for the third consecutive term, 1 of only 3 nursing schools nationwide with this designation. The School was re-accredited by the National League of Nursing in 2012 for an 8-year term.
The UNCG School of Health and Human Services offers bachelors, masters and doctoral programs in Communication and Science Disorders, Community in Therapeutic Recreation, Public Health, Kinesiology, Social Work, Nutrition, Conflict and Peace Studies, Genetic Counseling and Gerontology. These programs work with the College of Nursing and collaborate with many WF departments.
The Center for Natural Products and Drug Discovery Research, a division within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has the mission to create new knowledge regarding drug discovery, as well as computer-based methods used in drug design, and to disseminate this information to students, scientists, and the public through education, training, and research. New and existing methodologies are applied to design and prepare potential drug candidates. The Center serves as a resource for local pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, helping to foster and maintain strong university-industry relationships and collaborations.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)
UNCC is North Carolina’s urban research university, leveraging its location in the state’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNCC maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. Founded in 1946, UNCC has 92 bachelor’s, 59 master’s, and 19 doctoral degree programs, with over 20,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 graduate students.
Dr. Yaorong Ge (Biomedical Informatics Program) is based at the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at UNCC, one of the largest and fastest-growing computing and informatics programs in nation. Students are exposed to a wide range of core and contemporary topics: computing systems and development, computer gaming, information and cyber security, financial informatics, health information technology, and bioinformatics and genomics.