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Health Sciences Learning Commons Receives $500,000 Grant

August 2, 2019 Tags: Alumni , Health Sciences and Education

Experiential Learning CommonsSaint Francis University has received a $500,000 state grant to be used toward Phase Two of the ongoing renovation of its Health Sciences facilities. The grant aligns with SFU's continued commitment to provide its Health Sciences programs—many of which are nationally ranked—with state-of-the-art classrooms and equipment.

The project thus far has produced the Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons, which will have its official ribbon cutting ceremony on October 4th. The 10,000 square foot addition to the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness provides state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and clinical education space to instruct students enrolled in all Health Sciences programs. Key features include multiple enhanced simulation robots, a nursing skills lab, a large, on-site cadaver lab, and the addition of a simulated apartment. Additionally, regional EMS and health care professionals will have opportunities to use the simulation center for continuing education. 

“As a result of this funding, students in Saint Francis University’s health sciences program will have the most up-to-date technology and resources available, which helps prepare them for successful careers in health care," Rep. Frank Burns said in a press release.

SFU's Health Science programs have received state and national recognition. Most recently, the Nursing program was ranked #1 in Pennsylvania, and the Physician Assistant Science and Online Bachelor of Science in Health Studies programs were ranked as some of the best programs in the United States. 

The grant was awarded from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. Funded projects under the program have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact; they also generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.


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