Nevada Ranks No. 45 Nationally for Active Physicians

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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Report Addresses Statewide Physician Shortages, Opportunities for Improvement

Nevada 3rd fastest growth in residents and fellows over past decade, still bracing for access challenges

A physician shortage continues to be a problem in Nevada and is hindering patient care access hardest in rural regions, according to a recent report focusing on health care workforce trends in the Silver State.

State Ranks 45th in Key Medical Metric.

According to the latest data published in the report, “Physician Workforce in Nevada: A Chartbook – January 2020,” demand for physicians in Nevada continues to exceed the current supply. While the number of licensed physicians in the state has increased over a decade, Nevada ranks 45th for active physicians per 100,000 population, 48th for primary care physicians per 100,000 population and 50th for general surgeons per 100,000 population.

“Health care workforce is a critical component for a healthy Nevada. Updated data, such as this report, will help inform initiatives and policies to address those challenges,” said UNR Med Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

The report is produced by Nevada Health Workforce Research Center based at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Office of Statewide Initiatives (OSI). UNR Med’s OSI collects data on Nevada’s statewide physician workforce on an annual basis for a variety of purposes, including predicting population health management and social determinants of health issues in the state.

From 2010 to 2017, the number of actively practicing physicians in Nevada increased by 1,142 or 22%. However, in 16 of 42 specialty areas, including anesthesiology, dermatology, gastroenterology and obstetrics/gynecology, the growth in the number of physicians did not keep pace with population growth.

In addition to gaps in care for certain specialties, the report data points to several obstacles to developing a stronger physician workforce in Nevada.

“A key obstacle is underdeveloped fellowship and subspecialty training opportunities for physicians completing residencies in Nevada. If physicians leave the state for additional training, they don’t necessarily come back,” said the report’s lead author Tabor Griswold, Ph.D., health services research analyst for UNR Med’s Office of Statewide Initiatives. “Another obstacle is that we are surrounded by other western states with equally severe shortages that create strong regional competition for physicians.”

Griswold added that the percent of population increase in Nevada is higher than the percent of physician increase, which contributes to the current access to care gap in the state. “Currently, about one-third of physicians in the state are over 60 years old. These providers are likely to retire in coming years, and there is limited opportunity to replenish the workforce with younger physicians when that time comes.”

According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates from 2016 to 2017, Nevada is the fourth fastest growing state for people aged 65 and older. The other fastest growing states for 65+ are South Carolina, Hawaii and Delaware.

The report did reveal some marked areas of improvement.

“A key area of improvement is the steady increase in the number of residents and fellows graduating in Nevada, particularly in southern Nevada,” said co-author John Packham, Ph.D., associate dean for UNR Med’s Office of Statewide Initiatives. “Over the past decade, Nevada has had the third fastest growth in the number of residents and fellows. Combined, with our high retention of graduating residents at 54.6%, this will lead to improvements in the physician supply.”

Despite these improvements, OSI researchers say the state must continue to work to reduce the physician shortage issue to promote better patient access to care. Other recommendations for improving the physician shortage in the Silver State include:

  • Expanding residency and fellowship programs that will ultimately keep doctors in Nevada. Approximately 27% of UNR Med’s Class of 2019 has remained in Nevada for some part of their residency training, and 43% matched in primary care, which includes family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.
  • Increasing support of pipeline programs and other programs that funnel physicians in-training to practice in rural regions. “The Elko Family Medicine Residency Program is helping increase the number of rural health professionals, but substantial recruiting challenges still exist in rural and underserved areas,” said Packham.
  • Continuing telehealth programs like Project ECHO Nevada to expand health care access and treatment to underserved populations throughout Nevada. At 110,000 square miles, it’s not uncommon for Nevada’s 300,000 rural residents to have to drive 300+ miles for specialty care. Project ECHO Nevada is a program that addresses the lack of available specialty care by using teleconferencing technology to connect specialists at UNR Med with primary care clinicians in rural underserved communities in Nevada to provide specialty care to patients who otherwise would have to travel to a larger city or wouldn’t receive it at all.

“UNR Med is committed to increasing the number of physicians in Nevada by educating more medical students, retaining them as residents and ultimately as practicing physicians,” said Schwenk. “The fact that students want to train in Nevada supports our goal of training physicians who recognize health care needs in our community and are committed to staying, or coming back to Nevada.”

Since 1969, UNR Med has trained more than 3,500 physicians, with nearly 40% practicing in Nevada and working to address the access to care gap in the state.

Desert Radiology Partnerships Power Career Growth

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Desert Radiology Working with UNLV College of Southern Nevada (CSN) to Provide Comprehensive Internships

The radiology industry is growing at record pace in Southern Nevada. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the number of technologists is expected to increase nine percent between 2018-2020, which is faster than all other occupations.

Desert Radiology understands this growth and attributes most of the valley’s increase to the older generations moving to Las Vegas for retirement. Recently, the Desert Radiology team at the Palomino facility held a community job fair to recruit qualified candidates for available scheduling and front desk positions. Interested applicants had the opportunity to talk with Desert Radiology team members and learn about careers within radiology and the multiple professional growth plans available.

In addition, Desert Radiology has also established partnerships with University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and College of Southern Nevada (CSN) to provide comprehensive internships to develop hands-on skills. The Desert Radiology Palomino facility works with students from both colleges to help prepare them for a career in radiology. When the internship is over, interns who have successfully completed their responsibilities are hired onto the team.

“Here at Desert Radiology we believe it’s vital to partner with our community to address the need for technologists. Radiology is critical for proper healthcare as we help diagnose multiple health conditions,” said Geri Hazelitt, Vice President of Human Resources at Desert Radiology. “By partnering with our local higher education institutions, we provide students a real hands-on experience to understand the radiology career and how they can make an impact on the overall health of our community.”

Desert Radiology currently has 10 interns from UNLV and CSN who are rotating at their facilities. To learn more about internships and career opportunities, visit their website.

White Coats Presented to Med School Class of 2023

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UNLV’s newest class of medical school students pledge to foster an environment of inclusivity and diversity in medicine.

When the UNLV School of Medicine recently welcomed its third class to the profession of medicine, it was done largely through a ritual that is now seen as a rite of passage for new medical students — the White Coat ceremony, during which each student is presented with the garment that symbolizes their entrance into the medical profession.

The ceremony includes speakers and a student-written oath (below) that is recited in front of family members, school leadership, and peers to acknowledge their central obligation of caring for patients. Each class prepares its own oath.

Earlier in the month the students had been presented stethoscopes, another ritual symbolizing their entrance into the medical profession.

The white coat ceremony tradition is relatively new in the world of academia. The first took place in 1993 at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. It was the brainchild of Dr. Arnold Gold, a professor of clinical neurology and clinical pediatrics, who believed the practice then of having students wait until the end of their training to formally announce their adherence to expectations and responsibilities appropriate to the medical profession occurred four years too late. Gold’s idea caught on quickly.

In just a few years, the ceremony was adopted by nearly every medical school in North America. At UNLV, the UNLV School of Dental Medicine welcomed its first class in 2002 with a white coat ceremony and continues the tradition. This year’s will be held Sept. 20.

What surprises many people, as Dr. Mark S. Hochberg wrote in the AMA Journal of Ethics in 2007, is that prior to the late 19th century doctors wore black. Hochberg points out that “Black attire was, and is, considered formal (e.g., today’s tuxedo). Consequently, until about 1900, physicians wore black for their patient interactions since medical encounters were thought of as…formal matters.” He said an “additional or alternative possibility for the dark garb might be that until the late 19th century, seeking medical advice was usually a last resort and frequently a precursor to death.”

From Black to White

How members of the medical profession came to wear white to symbolize cleanliness was part of a presentation by Dr. Neil Haycocks, the UNLV School of Medicine’s interim vice dean of academic affairs and education at the recent ceremony.

“The period when the white coat became a symbol of medicine is bookended by two works by renowned American artist Thomas Eakins,” Haycocks said.

“The first, produced in 1875, is an oil painting titled ‘The Gross Clinic.’ It depicts famed academic trauma surgeon Dr. Samuel Gross, then 70 years old, lecturing Jefferson Medical College students while his assistants surgically treat a young man for osteomyelitis of the femur. Everyone in attendance is dressed in black, which was the typical medical attire of that time…

“The second Eakins work, also in oil, is ‘The Agnew Clinic.’ It was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania medical class of 1889 to honor famed surgeon and anatomist Dr. David Hayes Agnew upon his retirement. Like Gross before him, Agnew stands in a medical amphitheater lecturing medical students while his assistants undertake an operation, this time a mastectomy. The attire, however, is different, with Dr. Agnew wearing a white smock, his assistants likewise dressed in white, and the patient covered by a white sheet.

“The contrast between these two paintings indicates that in a relatively brief span the color of medicine had gone from one extreme to the other. The explanation for this dramatic change resides with a British surgeon named Joseph Lister.”

In the late 1800s, Lister was a professor of surgery at the University of Glasgow and interested in Louis Pasteur’s early advancements in microbiology and germ theory. Lister began applying germ theory to surgical practice, eventually adopting the use of the antiseptic phenol and documenting a dramatic decrease in the incidence of post-surgical infections.

“The implementation of antisepsis contributed to the transition of medicine to a science-based discipline,” Haycocks said. “Cleanliness became a core tenet of medical practice, reflected in the pure white attire now inextricably linked with the profession.”

As he concluded, Haycocks urged the new class of medical students to examine their new white coats. “This is quite literally the cleanest they will ever be. Take a mental snapshot, it will provide an interesting contrast to what they will accumulate by the end of third year: crumbs from hastily eaten snacks, stains from hastily consumed energy drinks, pen and pencil marks from hastily scribbled notes, and evidence of encounters with various bodily substances that I will not enumerate here. Remember, bleach is your friend.”

UNLV School of Medicine Class of 2023 Oath

I am honored to offer this oath upon the inception of my medical career. I fully recognize the moral responsibilities of my chosen profession, as I affirm:

Each patient is a person, to be treated with dignity, humanity, and empathy. I will respect life, honor patient autonomy, and protect privacy.

The well-being of my patients is entrusted to me. I will be an advocate for my patients and use the medical skills and knowledge necessary to do so.

All patients are equally deserving of my skill and care. I will foster an environment of inclusivity and diversity in medicine.

Honesty and integrity are foundational to my practice. I will acknowledge my inevitable limitations and failures, be open to guidance from others, and always strive to become a better physician.

Others have paved the path that is before me. I will value and respect what has been given me by my mentors. I will teach others what I’ve been taught, give back what I’ve been given.

Medicine is demanding and ever-changing. I will be a lifelong learner. I will practice self-care as a responsibility to myself and patients.

The obligations of medicine require me to hold myself and others to the highest standard of accountability. I will be an ambassador of medicine, represent the profession well, and continue to earn society’s trust.

I affirm this declaration and pledge to faithfully uphold these values.

WGU Launches New Value-Based Healthcare Degree

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WGU’s new Bachelor of Science in Health Services Coordination will prepare graduates for careers in patient-centered care coordination

To address an urgent shortage of healthcare professionals needed to navigate an increasingly complex healthcare system, Western Governors University (WGU) is now offering a first-of-its-kind Bachelor of Science Health Services Coordination (BSHSC) degree program. The program, which began accepting applications September 1, will prepare graduates to coordinate among healthcare providers, patients, caregivers, and services to improve the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of an evolving healthcare system.

In addition to medical coordination skills, students will develop competencies in leadership skills, cultural awareness, patient-centered care coordination, and the ability to identify and intervene with high-risk patients through WGU’s proprietary Professional Leadership and Communication course.

“This new degree program will help individuals advance their careers in a fast-growing health profession,” said Dr. Stephanie LaPuma, Academic Program Director/Associate Dean in WGU’s College of Health Professions. “Aligning curriculum with current workforce needs is at the core of what we do. This degree program is specifically designed to offer individuals a pathway to a value-based healthcare career that is in high demand.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in health services coordination will increase 20% by 2026. This degree program will benefit students new to health professions, while also creating a bachelor’s degree pathway for experienced pre- and paraprofessionals, medical assistants, certified nursing assistants (CNAs), home health aides, EMTs, paramedics, and military medics seeking job security or promotion. BSHSC graduates will be prepared to navigate emerging value-based care systems, promote patient-centered holistic care, and provide integrated care management.

The BSHSC, like all WGU degree programs, is competency-based, allowing students to study and learn on their own schedules and advance as soon as they demonstrate mastery of course materials. WGU’s affordable tuition of approximately $7,000 per year and flexible learning model make it possible for busy students to earn an accredited degree on a tight schedule.

Details of the program are available at

About WGU Nevada

WGU Nevada is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Nevadans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Nevada and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Nevada is open to all qualified Nevada residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K–12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.  Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). WGU’s Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*.

In addition to WGU Nevada, there are five other WGU state-based, state-endorsed universities: WGU Indiana, established in June 2010; WGU Washington, established in April 2011; WGU Texas, established in August 2011; WGU Missouri, established in February 2013; and WGU Tennessee, established in July 2013. For more information, visit the WGU Nevada website,, or call 877-214-7005.

*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington, DC 20036


Shared Needs, Shared Effort – Meeting the Demand for Doctors

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By Dr. Chang-Hoon Ahn, D.O. , Associate Medical Director Southwest Medical,                        part of OptumCare

It’s well-documented that Southern Nevada needs more doctors to keep up with its growing population. Southwest Medical continues to make great strides in doing its part to address this important issue.

Launched in 2016, Southwest Medical and Touro University partnered to educate and prepare physician assistants for next generation population health models. This “PA Pathways” program begins every fall (typically around October). Clinical rotations are completed at Southwest Medical, with the exception of emergency medicine and behavioral health. Clinical rotations include:

  • Instruction on community-based efforts for improving health of children, including using the mobile clinic.
  • Pediatric outpatient rotations available with option for additional inpatient experience.
  • The opportunity to develop a longitudinal year-long clinical experience.
  • Core teaching in infant through adolescent care.
    • A large obstetrics/gynecology department (including well-woman care and obstetrics with a large number of deliveries per month, as well as gynecological surgery).
  • Specialties including cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurology, pain management, wound care, urology and podiatry.

As part of this program, Southwest Medical will help pay for the tuition of participating students for their commitment of staying with Southwest Medical for 2 years after their graduation from the PA program.

Southwest Medical has also developed a relationship with UNLV School of Medicine, where our physicians are mentoring first and second-year medical students. The students spend half a day with our physicians seeing patients, providing the medical students with real-world exposure to patient care during their medical education.

Launched in early 2019, Southwest Medical and Touro University also partnered to educate and prepare three APRNs per trimester for next-generation population health models with the “APRN Pathways Program.” Much like the physician assistant program, clinical rotations will be completed at Southwest Medical, with the exception of emergency medicine and behavioral health.

Also launching this year, the Valley Health System will be starting a new family medicine residency training program with an integral relationship with Southwest Medical.

Before they become full-fledged doctors, physician residents care for patients under the supervision of an attending physician. Valley Hospital, a member of The Valley Health System, originally established a family medicine physician residency training program in 2006. Now, Valley Hospital has partnered with Southwest Medical for the residents to do a 1 month outpatient Community Family Medicine rotation. This partnership currently graduates five family medicine physicians each year. Combined, the Valley Hospital and Valley Health System programs will graduate 25 family medicine residents by 2022.

All of these programs designed in partnership with local health care educators to integrate medical students into professional practice are managed by Dr. Neil Gokal, Medical Director of Clinical Education for Southwest Medical.


Southern Hills Hospital Welcomes New Class of Residents

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The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium based at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, welcomed its new residents June 27th during an annual white coat ceremony.

“I want to thank you for joining our family,” said Alexis Mussi Chief Executive Officer of Southern Hills Hospital. “This is a family you are going to grow to love, a hospital and culture unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and a team you are going to be so proud to be a part of.”

The white coat ceremony is a tradition to welcome new residents to the facility and present them with their first long physician’s coat. The symbol of the white coat is a promise that its wearer has made to each and every patient whom he or she encounters: the promise to heal and to care.

Of the 25 new residents based at Southern Hills, eight will be part of the family medicine program, 13 will be joining the transitional year program, and four will be a part of the inaugural class for psychiatry residency. Beginning in August, Southern Hills Hospital will also welcome three fellows into the inaugural gastroenterology fellowship.

“The graduate medical education (GME) at Southern Hills Hospital continues to expand and bring renewed excitement to our campus,” family medicine program director Dr. Maureen Strohm said. “With the psychiatry residency and gastroenterology fellowship joining our family medicine residency and transitional year programs, our residents will further Southern Hills’ mission to not only treat, but touch the lives of patients across Southern Nevada.”

The 25 new residents program will officially begin in July.

Roseman University Residency Programs – Advance the Art of Dentistry by Jason Roth

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A first impression is the immediate assessment people make when they meet someone new. This can occur in a professional or personal setting, and is often based on reactions to appearance, demeanor, body language, and mannerisms. For many, a healthy and friendly smile plays a significant role in forming a first impression of someone, as the shape, spacing and color of teeth are often associated with health and personality.

With a person’s teeth significant in creating positive first impressions, dentists play a major role in helping people achieve the healthy, vibrant smile they desire.

Dentists are part doctor, part engineer and part artist. This is because the dental profession requires a unique level of mastery and technique that focuses primarily on maintaining oral health, but also on aesthetics. A large part of dentistry involves maintaining and restoring teeth to create beautiful smiles.

Dr. Erin Greene, program director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program at Roseman University College of Dental Medicine, says that upon completion of their education, dental school graduates are equipped with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform professional dentistry. However, as the dental profession has evolved through technological advancement and the introduction of new, innovative materials and techniques, post-graduate AEGD residency training allows dentists to learn more and hone their skills to become truly competent artists of the healthy smile.

“Residents in an AEGD program have an opportunity to expand upon what they learned in dental school by performing more advanced procedures, such as placing implants and performing molar root canals while still under the supervision of expert faculty,” said Greene.

In addition to AEGD, dentists can also pursue a variety of dental specialties through post-graduate residency training. These specialties include, Dental Anesthesiology, Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

In 2016, Roseman University College of Dental Medicine partnered with NYU Langone Dental Medicine Post-doctoral Residency Programs to launch an AEGD residency program at the University’s South Jordan, Utah Campus. The one-year program enrolls four residents per year, with the goal of developing patient-centered clinicians with the ability to provide comprehensive oral healthcare for a wide patient population.

In July, the College of Dental Medicine and NYU Langone Dental Medicine will bring the AEGD program to the Henderson Campus with two residents enrolled in the inaugural class. The program will operate from a new state-of-the-art general dentistry clinic located adjacent to the college’s Orthodontic Clinic at 4 Sunset Way. The College of Dental Medicine began accepting and treating patients at the clinic in January, offering a range of dental services that include dental examinations and x-rays, extractions, tooth sealants, root canals, dental fillings, teeth cleanings, periodontal procedures, dentures, crowns, bridges and implants.

The Orthodontic Clinic was established in 2009 as the first clinical practice of the College of Dental Medicine and offers patient care through the Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA (AEODO/MBA) residency program. The three-year program enrolls 10 residents per year. The residents are all dental school graduates and licensed Nevada dentists and are paired with expert board certified or board eligible  orthodontic faculty to provide the best care for clinic patients. The clinic offers an array of orthodontic treatments to straighten teeth, including two-phase treatment, traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign, retainers and more.

Whether performing preventative care, dental restorative procedures, eliminating pain, correcting dentofacial issues or straightening a smile, the art of dentistry can transform a patient’s life by allowing them to smile with confidence. To train more dentists in the art and to expand its dental service offerings, the College of Dental Medicine plans to open additional residency programs in the coming years.


Roseman Dental clinics are an affordable option for dental needs for patients of all ages, offering treatment at rates that are typically lower than at a traditional private practice. Dental insurance is accepted, but is not required for treatment. Payment is accepted in cash, credit or debit cards. The clinics accept Medicaid for procedures that are covered under that plan. For questions regarding insurances or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 702.968.5222 (Henderson, Nevada) or 801.878.1200 (South Jordan, Utah).

Nathan Adelson Hospice Expands Educational Offerings To Address the Shortage of Nurses in Hospice and Palliative Care

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Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced an expansion in the educational offerings delivered through its Training Center of Excellence. The improved, multi-faceted approach to learning includes tailored presentations, videos, case studies, role playing, mentoring, as well as technology and evidence-based tutorials.

“We are committed to increasing the quality and relevance of all our educational efforts,” said Carole Fisher, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “Excellent training not only benefits our current nursing staff, but it also attracts qualified nurses to our specialty which will enable us to better care for patients and families in the future.”

With the growing emphasis on preventive medicine, comfort care, and hospice care the healthcare industry is experiencing record demand for qualified nurses. The number of registered nurses needed in the United States is estimated to climb by over 28% by 2030. Nevada is expected to be in the top 10 states in the growth of all nursing positions with projected growth of over 40% during the next decade.

“After nurses enter the working world, the learning doesn’t stop. This is especially true in specialties such as hospice and palliative comfort care,” said Dr. Jennifer Poplawski, DNP, Director of Education. “Our philosophy is to learn together and then apply our learning so that patients and families quickly experience the benefit of our education.”

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for over 40 years, is the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an inpatient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group, and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit

WGU Takes on College-Readiness Gap with Launch of WGU Academy

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New entity will leverage WGU’s success in student support to prepare students for college studies

The nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU) today announced the creation of WGU Academy, an independent operating unit established to help solve the growing college-readiness gap. WGU Academy’s courses and programs will provide aspiring students with an affordable, low-risk onramp that prepares them for college success either at WGU or at other institutions.

“This is a remarkable new effort that will help numerous individuals who need a boost as they seek college degrees,” said WGU Nevada Chancellor Spencer Stewart. “As the characteristics of today’s college students have changed, so must the means of serving them.”

While nearly 70 percent of high school graduates enroll in college, 26 percent drop out in their first year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And among the 20 million individuals enrolled, according to Higher Learning Advocates, more than 41 percent are over 25 years old, 55 percent are financially independent, and 26 percent are parents. Additionally, there are 80 million adults who need access to post-secondary credentials to be readied for the future of work.

WGU Academy will leverage WGU’s success in serving contemporary students, especially in underserved populations, and provide personalized learning onramps that improve individuals’ progress, persistence, and attainment in their college-level programs.

“Higher education remains the surest pathway to opportunity and social mobility, but for many, lack of adequate preparation puts a college degree out of reach,” said WGU President Scott Pulsipher. “At WGU, where the average student age is 36 and more than 70 percent of our students are part of at least one underserved population, we have learned how to create flexible, personalized learning experiences that lead to great outcomes. WGU Academy will provide courses and coaching that strengthen academic and noncognitive competencies to prepare these individuals for the learning demands of college.”

WGU Academy courses will be delivered in an online, competency-based format similar to the WGU learning model. Students will enroll in customized programs of two or more college-level courses that typically include a writing course and one or more courses in math, general education, or introductory-level classes focused on desired degree paths.

In addition to college-level courses, WGU Academy offers the Program for Academic and Career Advancement (PACA). Modeled on a nationally recognized social and emotional learning course used by WGU for several years, the course provides group sessions, peer interaction, and one-to-one coaching to build confidence and college persistence.

While WGU Academy’s initial startup will focus on prospective students who are not yet ready for admission to WGU, the organization intends to seek partnerships with other institutions and organizations to scale its impact. The goal is to serve hundreds of thousands of students who need foundational college-readiness competencies and empower them with a greater chance for success upon enrollment—whether at WGU or at another college or university.

In the initial program aligned to WGU, students who attend WGU Academy will pay a monthly fee rather than committing to a full term of tuition. With an expected median completion time of three months, most students will complete their Academy program for less than $500. Initial enrollment in WGU Academy will begin May 1, 2019.

WGU Academy is led by Patrick G. Partridge, who serves as the organization’s president. Partridge joined WGU and led the university’s successful student outreach, enrollment, and admissions operations for more than 15 years.

“College readiness—or the lack of it—is one of the primary barriers to opportunity for many Americans, particularly those who are part of underserved or disadvantaged populations,” said Partridge. “It is estimated that U.S. colleges spend $7 billion a year on remediation programs, with nearly half of incoming students at four-year public institutions enrolling in at least one remedial course. WGU Academy will provide an affordable—and scalable—solution by closing the gap in college readiness.”

Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Nursing Now Accepting Applications for New Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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The College of Nursing at Roseman University of Health Sciences has expanded its nursing degree offerings with the creation of a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. The MSN/FNP is a 23-month, full-time asynchronous online program that prepares students to sit for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certification exam required for licensure. Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in the inaugural class, slated to start in January 2020.

“Roseman University’s new MSN/FNP program is designed specifically for nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are ready to fill the growing need for highly skilled advanced practice nurses,” said Brian Oxhorn, BS, MS, PhD, Dean of the College of Nursing. “The program will offer working nurses the opportunity to work full-time, attend class online, the potential to complete clinical hours where they live, and finish their master’s degree in just under two years.”

Roseman University’s MSN/FNP program focuses on preparing nurses to deliver comprehensive healthcare for families and family members across all ages, body systems and diseases and to deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive healthcare services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, MSN/FNP students learn to perform advanced patient care with key job functions that include delivering immunizations, screening and diagnostic testing, prescribing appropriate medications as part of a treatment plan, as well as offering personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Roseman University College of Nursing teaches students using its Six-Point Mastery Learning Model, an education system that promotes high levels of achievement, with a focus on mastery of content. A block curriculum allows students to study full-time while maintaining a full-time job as a nurse, and incorporates evidence-based research, theory and practice with local clinical hours.

Information about the Roseman University College of Nursing’s MSN/FNP program can be found online at In addition to the new MSN/FNP program, the college offers an on-campus, 18-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a hybrid, online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program that can be completed in 16 to 17 months. Roseman University College of Nursing BSN and ABSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The College of Nursing intends to pursue initial accreditation for the MSN/FNP program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).