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TIME LAPSE: New School of Nursing and Health Science Building

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA - Construction continues to erect the 30,000 square-foot School of Nursing and Health Sciences building that Robert Morris University broke ground on last September. 

The new facility will be home for the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center, RMU’s state-of-the-art medical simulation laboratory that currently is housed in the John Jay Center with the rest of the university’s nursing programs. 

The new building allows RMU to expand the professional development and training programs it offers to local health care professionals – including physicians, nurses, and EMTs – as well offer resources to the community at large. For example, the building will include a model apartment that experts can use to demonstrate to families how they can configure their homes to care for an ill loved one.

 “This building will support the important work we are doing with our own students and the community to improve the health and quality of life for all our citizens in western Pennsylvania,” said Valerie Howard, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “It provides a space for all our faculty, students, and staff to come together, share ideas, and work toward our common goals.”

Robert Morris first offered a nursing degree in 2003 with 18 students enrolled. Four years later it formed the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and today enrollment stands at 793 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, including wholly online degree and certificate programs. Its doctor of nursing practice program, launched in 2008, was the first to be certified by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing, and its nuclear medicine technology program was the first such four-year degree offered in western Pennsylvania. 

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences enjoys partnerships with the region’s premiere health care providers, including Highmark, UPMC, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and the Heritage Valley Health System. At least twice each year RMU nursing students and faculty travel to Nicaragua to provide health care to residents in the barrios of Managua in what has become one of the university’s signature study abroad and student engagement activities.