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Regis College and Pearson partner to increase online educational opportunities

New online graduate program for health care and a suite of nursing programs will prepare learners to pursue advanced careers.

Pearson announced a partnership with Regis College, a Catholic university in Greater Boston, to provide health care professionals with increased access to opportunities to earn advanced degrees. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, health care is the fastest growing occupation in the United States with a predicted 2.3 million new jobs to be added by 2024. A National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designated institution, Regis is well known for its undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate nursing and health sciences education programs.

“In keeping with our mission, this online initiative will be part of the solution to the nationwide shortage of highly educated health care providers and managers throughout the country,” said Antoinette M. Hays, Ph.D., RN, president of Regis. “I am pleased that Pearson will help us build on the work we are doing to make higher education accessible.”

Launched in June 2016, the new Regis online programs include a master of science in health administration, master of science in nursing with nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist tracks, and five postgraduate nurse practitioner certificates. These degrees will prepare graduates to pursue advanced careers, such as health administrators, a field that is projected to grow by 23 percent by 2022, or as nurse practitioners with an anticipated 31 percent job growth by 2024.

“Regis is renowned for its health care education programs,” said Todd Hitchcock, senior vice president, online learning services, Pearson. “We are proud to partner with the educators at Regis to grow its online graduate and postgraduate health care education program and increase access to advanced careers for learners in Massachusetts and around the country.”

Through this partnership, Pearson will provide comprehensive online program management (OPM) services including marketing, recruitment, student support, helpdesk, technical assistance with course development, faculty training and support. In addition, the partnership is projected to serve thousands of learners statewide and around the country, as well as provide students with the award-winning online tutoring and writing sources, Smarthinking and Pearson Writer. Regis will provide the curriculum, course content, faculty, admissions, and academic support.

Pearson provides comprehensive OPM services, and partners with over 40 higher education institutions across the country to implement and sustain nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, which have produced more than 30,000 graduates.

Material from a press release was used in this report.