College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences ready for admissions, announces new dean


Central is now accepting students into its brand-new College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The college is home to Central’s health sciences departments such as Nursing and Physical Education and Human Performance, along with human service disciplines like counseling and social work.

“The new college provides the exciting opportunity to foster stronger collaborations between departments and create innovative academic programs that will be interdisciplinary involving multiple schools and colleges at Central,” says Central President Zulma R. Toro. “The creation of this college provides excellent experiential learning opportunities for our students who will be serving our community in new ways.”

Students will gain valuable professional experience through the college’s associated student-run community clinic in Copernicus Hall. The clinic opened in Fall of 2023 and provides weekly free health care services to members of the university community and residents of Greater New Britain.

Inaugural dean

After a national search, Dr. Jayanthi Kandiah was selected by a committee to lead this new academic track at the university. 

“At Central’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the opportunities are limitless. By fostering collaborations, the college will reach academic excellence, advance scholarship, and deliver state-of-the-art patient-centered care, preparing our talented students to become exemplary healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all,” said Kandiah.

A ribbon cutting is planned for Monday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. To learn more about the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, visit

Dr. Jay Kandiah

 Dean of the Central College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Jayanthi Kandiah