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Stockton: To Expand Health Science Programs & Facilities in Ocean County
December, 2016 via the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
Stockton University’s School of Health Sciences will be expanding into new, larger facilities in Ocean County, providing more students from central and south New Jersey with a convenient location to earn degrees in several fast-growing fields of health care.
The accelerated Nursing program and the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – the Galloway, N.J. university’s largest undergraduate major with over 1,100 students – will be expanding in fall 2017.
Stockton to expand Manahawkin site for health sciences
November 14, 2016 via The Press of Atlantic City
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — Stockton University will expand its instructional site on Bay Avenue in Manahawkin to include more nursing and health care programs starting in fall 2017.
The university will take over the neighboring 7,915-square-foot site used by Rothman Institute Orthopaedics, which is moving to the new AtlantiCare Health Park on Route 72.
The move will allow Stockton to expand its accelerated nursing program from 13 students to 24. That program allows students who already have a bachelor’s degree and meet prerequisites to complete a nursing-degree program in four semesters.
Stockton Dean of Health Sciences Theresa Bartolotta said the program will help address the shortage of nurses and the demand for nursing programs. She said Stockton accepted 45 students into its nursing program this year, more than the usual 36, because there were so many qualified applicants.
“And we still couldn’t accept all that were qualified,” she said.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates demand for registered nurses will grow by 16 percent through 2024. This is much faster than the national average for all occupations, which is 7 percent.
The accelerated program may particularly appeal to students who majored in biology or a health-related field, but now want to get into nursing.
“We get students who don’t decide they want to go into nursing until their junior or senior year,” Bartolotta said.
She said the Rothman site is ideal because it is already set up as a medical facility and won’t need a lot of renovations.
The estimated cost for renovations is about $200,000, according to information provided by the college.
The nursing program will be full time. Students will be admitted in the fall and finish at the end of the following fall term. All classes and labs will be held in Manahawkin as of fall 2017. Clinical rotations will be offered in Ocean, Monmouth and Atlantic counties.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, the university’s largest undergraduate major with more than 1,100 students, will also expand into the new facilities in Manahawkin.
The site will make it more convenient for students who live in central New Jersey to attend Stockton‘s health care programs.
“Students won’t have to go to Galloway at all,” Bartolotta said. Stockton opened a 3,200-square-foot site in Manhawkin in 2012 with plans to grow if there was enough demand.
The new site will allow Stockton to expand its speech and hearing services and eventually to offer an interprofessional clinic where students will serve patients.
Stockton already partners with AtlantiCare and Rothman. Michael West, CEO of Rothman Institute, said in a statement that the expansion will benefit residents in Ocean County and that Rothman looks forward to continuing its partnership with Stockton.
University President Harvey Kesselman said in a statement that there is a need in the region for health care services and professionals.
“Stockton’s mission is to provide access to a distinctive higher education and develop programs that ultimately improve the quality of life for New Jersey’s residents,” he said.
Stockton's Nursing Program was ranked 43rd out of 450 schools considered in the Mid-Atlantic region by NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com. The nursing program is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Manahawkin Site: More than Meets the Eye
January 25, 2016 via The Argo