Franklin Pierce University and Abrazo Health Care create alliance to support pre-licensure nursing program

May 1, 2008

Abrazo Health Care alliance for nursing educationPHOENIX, AZ - Franklin Pierce University is pleased to announce its new collaboration with Abrazo Health Care of Arizona. The two organizations will combine resources to address the critical nursing shortage in Phoenix's West Valley by offering a pre-licensure nursing program pending the approval of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

The program, which will be offered at the West Valley Learning Center in Goodyear, will provide nursing education to meet the health care needs of the Valley community.

"We want to be known as an employer that values nursing and supports their ongoing professional development," said Dan F. Ausman, President of Abrazo Health Care.

The University will utilize the existing resources that have made Abrazo Health Care's past program so successful such as the clinical faculty, simulation lab, and computer lab facility. Abrazo Health Care's West Valley Learning Center includes two state-of-the-industry simulation labs and all of the equipment required for nursing candidates to complete their associate's degree. These sophisticated tools test students' clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient scenarios, including emergencies.

"This is an important step that demonstrates Franklin Pierce University's commitment to Goodyear and the West Valley," said Raymond Van der Riet, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Franklin Pierce. "Nursing and Allied Health Education play a vital role in workforce development and there is no doubt that well trained nurses and physical therapists contribute to patient outcomes. We are confident that these programs will add significant benefits to the economy and social context of the West Valley and Greater Phoenix Region."

This is an important step that demonstrates Franklin Pierce University's commitment to Goodyear and the West Valley... We are confident that these programs will add significant benefit to the economy and social context of the West Valley and Greater Phoenix Region.

— Raymond Van der Riet, Franklin Pierce University

The collaboration will allow the University to begin offering an Associate's Degree in Nursing in November 2008 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in December 2008. Both programs are pending final approvals from their respective accrediting agencies. The University's nursing students will perform their clinical rotations within Abrazo Health Care's hospital system.

Franklin Pierce's academic programs in Arizona will be formally administered under the name "Goodyear College." New Hampshire-based Franklin Pierce University currently offers classes at space leased from the City of Goodyear. The University plans to offer a specialized MBA Global Track in September in addition to the nursing and physical therapy programs scheduled to begin in November and December.

About Abrazo Health Care:
Abrazo Health Care includes five acute-care hospitals (Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, and West Valley Hospital) with a total of 1,107 licensed beds. The system also includes TMC Advanced Imaging, Phoenix Health Plan, an AHCCCS plan and Abrazo Advantage, a Medicare product in addition to other health-related services and affiliations.

About Franklin Pierce University:
Franklin Pierce University is a private, New Hampshire-based university grounded in the liberal arts with coursework focused on professional preparation and a global reach. The University consists of a residential undergraduate College at Rindge, with a student population of 1,700, and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, which serves 1,500 students at five satellite centers and online. The institutional mission focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for a new century who make significant contributions to their professions and communities.

In 2006, City of Goodyear Mayor James Cavanaugh invited higher education institutions from around the country to consider establishing a campus in what has become one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Franklin Pierce University was selected as a finalist and hired its Goodyear Campus Founding Director Andrea Brode in 2007. This spring, Franklin Pierce University began offering classes in Goodyear at space leased from the city.

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