Health dean off to busy start

Dr. Cynthia Roman, the new dean of the Health Science Division, has had a fast-paced orientation to her new position.

Since accepting the dean position in May, Roman has been deeply involved with the reaccreditation process for the college’s nursing program.

Along with the accreditation report, the process also involves a site visit in October by representatives of The National League for Nursing.

“I’ve mainly been involved in writing the report,” Roman said. “It’s been very time consuming.”

Roman comes to MCCC from Oakland Community College, where she was the director of Nursing and Health Professions for a year. Before that, she was an instructor at Henry Ford Community College for three and half years.

She also taught at Mercy College of Detroit, her alma mater, for nine years.

Roman taught theory classes and clinical rotations through both Mercy College of Detroit and Henry Ford Community College at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

She worked at that same hospital as a staff nurse and a charge nurse, while working on her masters of science in nursing degree.

In addition to serving as a dean, Roman is MCCC’s director of nursing. She also is a Clinical Nurse Educator, a certification that is both high in demand.

“I’d like to see some of the nursing faculty become CNEs (Clinical Nurse Educators),” she said. “I’d really like to promote that certification because it demonstrates that nurse educators are experts in their field.”

While Roman has some changes in mind, they won’t be taking place in the immediate future.

“Change is very slow,” Roman said. “I would like to possibly add a physical therapy assistant program and possibly other health care programs.”

Roman has enjoyed her time at MCCC. “It has been rewarding; it has been a pleasure meeting the members of MCCC’s community,” she said.

Roman’s educational background includes a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Mercy College of Detroit, a Masters of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in pediatric nursing, from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education, also from WSU.