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Vice President, Communications and Partnerships

Roseman University of Health Sciences celebrates 20th anniversary

On September 30, Roseman University of Health Sciences President and cofounder Dr. Renee Coffman presented the University’s first ever a virtual “State of the University,” the culminating event of the University’s year-long commemoration of its 20th Anniversary. The presentation showcased the economic and community impact of Roseman in Utah and Nevada and shared how the University has persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999 with just $15,000, today the private, not-for-profit University has more than $300 million in assets and an annual operating budget of $100 million. Since opening Roseman’s South Jordan campus in 2006, the University has emerged as an important partner in Utah, educating new generations of healthcare professionals to meet the state’s growing needs. Students can explore degrees in pharmacy, nursing, dental medicine, and even a healthcare-focused MBA program. 

Located in the River Park area of South Jordan, Roseman’s 244,000 square-foot campus sits on nearly 24 acres of land. The vibrant campus employs 236 faculty and staff members and enrolls more than 800 students. To date, Roseman’s South Jordan campus has graduated more than 2,200 students who are living and working in Utah, Nevada, and in other communities across the country.

The University provides patient care in Utah through its College of Dental Medicine clinic – Roseman Dental. With 114 chairs, Roseman Dental provides affordable dental care to thousands of Salt Lake City area children, teens, adults and seniors. Patients have access to the latest in dental technologies to receive the highest level of dental care from teams of trained student, resident, and faculty dentists. 

The economic impact of Roseman University 

To expand dental care to the uninsured, Roseman Dental offers a low-cost Roseman University Dental Membership Plan. The membership plan is available for individuals and families and offers discounted fees for examinations, x-rays, preventative services, as well as more advanced treatments.

In 2019, Roseman University engaged Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized leader in evaluating the economic impact of universities on their communities, to analyze and prepare a comprehensive report of the University’s economic impact in Utah and Nevada. 

According to the report findings, in FY19, Roseman generated $258.6 million in direct economic impact, supported and sustained nearly 2,392 jobs, while producing $13.4 million in government tax revenue for Nevada and Utah. Focusing on Salt Lake County, Utah, Roseman generated $115.2 million in economic impact, supported and sustained more than 1,186 jobs, while producing nearly $6.8 million in state and local tax revenue. Roseman’s alumni, numbering nearly 5,500 in FY19, generated a combined annual economic impact of nearly $2.5 billion annually throughout the United States and supported nearly 30,395 jobs.

In addition, employees at Roseman also generated nearly $1.2 million in charitable donations and volunteer services. These include the Back to School Brush-UpTM and Give Kids a Smile® events at Roseman Dental. The College of Dental Medicine provides free dental screenings and cleanings at these events to Salt Lake City area children aged 18 and under.

The new normal 

While many colleges and universities have been heavily impacted by COVID, Roseman has carefully navigated the pandemic in order to carry out its mission while preserving its financial health. The University experienced no layoffs or furloughs and was able to provide cost-of-living salary increases to all employees. Furthermore, all students scheduled for graduation during the pandemic graduated on time and all programs continued without interruption. Roseman began the 2020-2021 academic year with no tuition increases and no delays.  

To protect students and employees, Roseman implemented a number of safety measures in line with CDC guidelines. These include frequent, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing throughout its campus buildings, reducing capacity in common spaces, enforced social distancing and wearing of face masks. The University also continues to educate students and employees on COVID precautions, symptoms, and the steps to take if exhibiting symptoms or if exposed to the virus. 

Today, all programs are back on campus with strategies to protect vulnerable students and to keep students who test positive or who have symptoms off campus without compromising their access to education through hybrid classroom models that preserve the Roseman University Six-Point Mastery Learning Model®.

Over the past several weeks at Roseman’s Utah and Nevada campuses, the College of Nursing welcomed 168 new students, College of Pharmacy 166 students, and College of Dental Medicine 111 students and residents. These students and residents join more than 1,000 returning students who are eager to pursue their chosen healthcare profession.

Jason Roth is the vice president of communications and partnerships at Roseman University of Health Sciences.