The UNMC School of Allied Health Professions will be expanding six of its education programs to the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. As part of University of Nebraska’s “Building a Healthier Nebraska” initiative, construction has begun on a 50,000 square-foot building on the corner of Highway 30 and University Drive on the west end of the UNK campus, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2015. The $19 million Health Science Education facility will house the SAHP programs along with the Kearney Division of the UNMC College of Nursing. The new building will include state-of-the-art classrooms, clinical teaching laboratories, clinical simulation facilities, a gross anatomy laboratory and plentiful student interaction space.
Students in Physician Assistant, Medical Nutrition, Radiography, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs will begin classes at the new facility in the fall of 2015 and will be followed by students in the Clinical Laboratory Science and Physical Therapy programs in 2016. When all programs are fully implemented, the School of Allied Health Professions will have approximately 130 students enrolled at the new facility at UNK.
The expansion will allow for an increased enrollment in allied health professions programs to meet the high demand for professionals, which is particularly prevalent in rural areas. With an increased focus on rural primary care, the expansion to the UNK campus will also provide unique opportunities for interprofessional education in both didactic and clinical settings, and will prepare future healthcare professionals to participate in team-based healthcare.
Prospective students interested in applying for UNMC allied health professions education programs must meet the same qualifications and will follow the same application process regardless of whether they hope to matriculate on the UNMC campus in Omaha or at the new facility in Kearney. For the latest information on all aspects of admission to any UNMC School of Allied Health Professions program, please visit our Admissions page or call 402-559-6673 or email SAHPadmissions@unmc.edu.