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The UNMC College of Nursing is expanding its programs at the University of Nebraska Kearney campus. As part of the new health science education complex, nursing students will be able to work with UNMC's allied health professionals in a team-like approach to rural primary care.
The new facility also will provide opportunities to expand nursing’s enrollment, as well as cutting-edge approaches to inter-professional learning experiences for students preparing for careers in rural primary care, new models for acute and critical care and community-based care.
The new building will make it possible for the College of Nursing - over a three-year period - to expand total enrollment by 40 students. The expansion will include a mix of bachelor of science in nursing and graduate students in the nurse practitioner options.
The building, which is scheduled to open in in the fall of 2015, is part of the University of Nebraska’s Building a Healthier Nebraska initiative. A total of $15 million in state funds has been provided to build the 30,000 square-foot building, with construction costs at $19 million. The building will increase teaching and research space, as well as educate more nurses for Nebraska. In addition, the building will house students from UNMC’s allied health professions, including physician assistants, physical therapy, clinical laboratory, diagnostic medical sonography, radiography and medical nutrition.
The building will include office space for nursing and allied health faculty, staff and administration in one two-story wing. The first floor of the main wing will primarily be classroom space and the second floor will primarily be lab space, including three simulation suites, four exam rooms, an assessment lab, musculoskeletal lab, rehabilitation lab, phlebotomy lab, energized lab and a task training room. The first floor will include five classrooms, with the largest seating 66 students. The anatomy lab will also be located on the first floor, along with numerous student study areas and the student services and administrative offices.