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Advancing operational priorities in Rochester

March 22, 2018

Campus Connection News

Construction continues on the Saint Mary’s Cascade Meadow addition with the project on track for a summer 2018 completion. This 10,000-square-foot addition will allow the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs to deliver at Cascade Meadow a number of classes formerly housed at the Rochester Community and Technical College. The ribbon-cutting and celebration marking the opening is May 24.

In addition, the Cascade Meadow expansion will house the collaborative Saint Mary’s/Mayo Clinic physician assistant studies program (PA). The PA space includes faculty offices, classrooms, clinical labs, and simulation spaces to prepare students prior to their clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic. Recently, Mayo Clinic named Dr. Michael J. Huckabee to lead the physician assistant studies program. Dr. Huckabee will work with Saint Mary’s faculty and academic administration to finalize the curriculum and prepare for a 2019 program launch.

An initial exploration was recently completed regarding the opportunities and potential to develop and deliver a traditional nursing program. This review was favorable, and we’ve engaged an external consultant to help us further understand the faculty, accreditation, clinical, and facilities requirements to offer a nursing program.