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Utah State University is creating a new department, Nursing and Health Professions, which will be housed in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.
USU has been involved with nursing programs since 2010, and plans are in place to extend the USU nursing program to additional regional campuses, as well as the Logan campus.
The Nursing and Health Professions department will build on the foundation already provided by USU Eastern and USU Uintah Basin, said Travis Peterson, head of the new department. It will also offer some additional, allied health programs. A one-year certificate is currently available in medical assisting and an associate’s degree medical laboratory technician program is offered in Blanding. Certified nursing assistant programs are offered in Blanding and Price. Within a year, the medical assistant program will be available in Price as well. The department is also exploring the possibility of a four-year, bachelor’s nursing program on the Logan campus.
“Right now it is extremely hard to get registered nurses to relocate to a rural facility,” said Travis Peterson, the new department head. “We will be training people in those communities who stay in those communities.”
USU’s nursing program currently operates from the Utah State University Eastern campuses in Price and Blanding, and the USU Uintah Basin campus in Vernal. The new department has 14 full-time faculty members, and most of them are located in those three sites.
Peterson was formerly the vice provost of USU’s Regional Campuses and Distance Education.