Touro University Nevada and Nevada State College Announce New Partnership to Promote Medical Health Sciences for Future Healthcare Students

Touro University Nevada and Nevada State College entered a partnership to offer a dual degree.
Oct 27, 2017

Touro University Nevada (TUN) and Nevada State College (NSC) have entered into an agreement that will provide a pathway for students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare to participate in an accelerated double degree program which will allow them to receive a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Following their junior year at NSC, selected students will matriculate into TUN as full-time Medical Health Sciences students. Before they begin their academic journeys at Touro, students will participate in a Summer Learning Enhancement Program that includes sessions on study skills, time management, medical terminology, the medical curriculum and basic science review. At the conclusion of their fourth year of study, students will graduate with a dual degree of Bachelor of Science from NSC and a Master of Health Sciences from TUN.

“Nevada continues to significantly lag behind other states in the number of physicians based on population.  The end result of this partnership is that we will better serve students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and other healthcare professions and will better meet our state’s needs for these professionals,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO & Senior Provost of Touro University Nevada.

Students must meet certain criteria prior to being accepted into the program, including having a strong academic performance, involvement in undergraduate and high school activities, community service, and both knowledge and dedication to the fields of medicine and healthcare.

“Collaborating with Nevada State College on this partnership will help us develop future generations of students interested in medical and healthcare fields,” said Dr. Ray Alden, Provost of Touro University Nevada. “Whether these students choose to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies or the additional programs Touro offers, this partnership will streamline their academic journeys and help them achieve their academic goals.”

Participating students who are interested in entering TUN’s College of Osteopathic Medicine or School of Physician Assistant Studies will be guaranteed an interview as long as they maintain a certain GPA. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) will not be required as part of the application process.

“By allowing qualified students to transition to Touro after their third year, and by waiving the MCAT requirement, many more of our under-represented, non-traditional students will see a clear pathway to their future in medicine,” said Bart Patterson, President of Nevada State College. “Through this partner program with Touro University Nevada, we are paving the way for medical school, physician assistant school, and many of the other professional programs Touro offers.”

About Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is home to a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit or call 702-777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

About Nevada State College

Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada State places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State has grown to offer more than 50 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation, and has expanded its physical campus. Today, the college serves approximately 4,200 students and has over 3,400 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit


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