Educating Healthcare Workers for Nevada's Future
Nevada State Bank is helping fund a new Health & Sciences Building to educate vitally needed healthcare professionals.
Nevada State Bank is helping fund the construction of a new Health & Sciences Building on the College of Southern Nevada’s (CSN) Henderson campus. The 73,283-square-foot facility will be a collaborative project between CSN and Nevada State College. The partnership between the two colleges will allow students to seamlessly complete their associate and bachelor’s degrees at two college campuses that are located near each other in Henderson.
The new building will support critical workforce demand in our region for skilled nurses, phlebotomists and medical/clinical lab scientists, including Licensed Practical and Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, medical and lab technologists and medical office assistants. Nursing students can progress through a career pathway from CNA to LPN, LPN to RN, and RN to BSN.
“There is no larger workforce priority in Southern Nevada than the need for nurses and allied health workers,” said CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza. Dr. Zaragoza quoted a 2016 report issued by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, stating that more than 18,000 new healthcare practitioners will be needed in Nevada by 2025. In 2017, approximately 1,900 job openings for nurses went unfilled.
The majority of healthcare workers are needed in fields where CSN currently offers degrees and certificates. It already trains approximately one third of Nevada’s nurses, and the new building will allow it to nearly double its nursing enrollments and graduates.
The new facility will enable the colleges to expand critical biology programming that directly aligns with allied health program requirements. Biology classes often serve as a major bottleneck for students interested in health science programs, and new labs will help ease this congestion. Specialized laboratories in the new building will allow for an additional 1,476 seats in anatomy, physiology and microbiology courses, an estimated 20 percent growth rate. This will allow students to move faster through their program of study.
The new Health & Sciences Building will allow CSN to expand its programs in Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Assisting, and Practical Nursing. It will also include a library, general classrooms and offices that will be shared with other departments,
The 2017 Legislature approved more than $70 million to help fund the $76 million project, with the stipulation that the colleges raise the remaining funds.
“We are proud to support this effort to increase the number of vitally needed healthcare workers in Nevada,” said Nevada State President & CEO Terry Shirey. “Our local colleges can not only provide a quality education and a professional career path for students, but also help ensure that Nevada has the healthcare workforce it needs for the future.”
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