RCGC Nursing and Allied Health Faculty and Staff
Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) faculty, students and staff joined state and county officials, Rowan University administrators and members of the Gloucester County community on Sept. 18 to celebrate the official unveiling of the new $11.4 million Nursing and Allied Health Center.
The two-story, 41,672 square-foot facility is part of the state’s higher education capital financing program designed to help RCGC students meet the growing demand in nursing and the allied-health fields. Completed in August, the county contributed $2,857,852 to the project with the state Higher Education Construction Bond funding $8,573,526. Courses for nursing, diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), nuclear medicine technology, physical therapist assistant and certified clinical medical assistant are taught in the state-of-the-art building.
“The Division of Nursing and Allied Health at Rowan College at Gloucester County encompasses over 21 percent of the RCGC student population,” said Freeholder Director Robert Damminger. “The county has experienced significant growth in the health-care industry and health-care professionals are in high demand. This building is an investment in the future of our students and our residents with no impact on the taxpayers.” The Freeholder Director also noted that according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is estimated that the health-care industry will grow faster than any other in the United States, by roughly 22 percent by 2018.
The new building houses a 3,474 square-foot lecture hall, 16 classrooms for nursing, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, physical therapy assistant (PTA) and phlebotomy in addition to simulation, computer and computer testing classrooms, work areas, a conference room and administrative offices for RCGC and Rowan University faculty and staff. RCGC students will now be able to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with premier partner Rowan University without leaving the campus.
In 2014, the nursing students at RCGC earned the highest pass rate of all accredited colleges and universities in the state for the third quarter. Graduates passed with a 95 percent success rate, easily the highest in New Jersey during the year,” stated Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Liaison to Education. “This achievement is a testament to the caliber of the programs offered through the Division of Nursing and Allied Health and illustrates the commitment of our faculty and students. This new building will help RCGC stay on top of the wave of innovation and maintain its status as a highly respected institution for nursing and allied health.”
“The ribbon-cutting ceremony confirms the College’s commitment to enhancing health-care opportunities for our students and the surrounding community,” said Dr. Frederick Keating, president of Rowan College of Gloucester County. “According to an August 2015 Employment Statistics Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the health-care industry has increased by 134,000 jobs over the past 12 months. The addition of the new building and the ability to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing on the RCGC campus enables students to learn the best practices in their field.”
“The faculty and staff appreciate the generosity and support from our elected officials, the College Board of Trustees and the College administration,” added Dr. Susan Hall, dean of Nursing and Allied Health. “The new Nursing and Allied Health Center will better serve our students as they prepare for careers in the health care industry.”
On Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 – 8 p.m., the Division of Nursing and Allied Health will hold an Open House in the Nursing and Allied Health Center for students to learn more about programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound), Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. Representatives from admissions, financial aid, counseling and advising will be available to assist and answer questions.
For more information about the RCGC nursing and allied health program, visit RCGC.edu/nursing or call 856-415-2179.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.