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Current students will not be affected until the new NSU Tampa Bay Regional Campus opens in Fall 2019. All programs currently being offered will continue at the new site, which is expected to accommodate approximately 150 students in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. That will also include additional students from several programs offered by the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences.

The true answer is both. The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences will be based on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus, but will have a strong presence on the Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater as well, bringing a viable economic benefit to both the east and west coasts of Florida. With the Patel Family Foundation’s support, both programs will provide additional educational opportunities and, in the near future, well-trained, health care professionals in a number of fields. NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences also has campus locations in Jacksonville, Orlando, Fort Myers, and West Palm Beach.

  • The naming of NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, including support for equipment and the hiring of additional faculty and staff in the Tampa Bay area as well as an endowment to sustain the operation of the college’s new location in perpetuity. The osteopathic medicine site will increase the number of NSU’s graduating D.O. physicians from 230 to approximately 380 per year.
  • The naming of NSU’s Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, including an endowed scholarship fund for students.
  • The development of a 350,000 square foot facility on a 27-acre Tampa Bay Regional Campus, hosting the new Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine site, several programs of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences and existing programs at NSU’s current Tampa campus.

While it’s difficult to put an exact number on the effect of the new site, it’s already providing jobs in the construction industry as the former Clearwater Christian College is demolished. The entire property will be elevated to meet flood zone plans and construction on the new NSU Tampa Bay Campus will begin in December 2017. Once the facility is ready to open, new faculty, doctors and students (up to 150 per year) will have a definite impact on the area.

We have applied to open this additional site with the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Once approval is secured, the new campus is expected to open in Fall 2019. There will be 150 students on the Tampa site of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Students will be able to apply to be in the first class after NSU receives COCA approval. We anticipate that this will be in late 2018.

It will serve as an additional site for the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, making NSU the largest medical college in Florida.

NSU currently produces the most graduates from a medical school (approximately 230 D.O. graduates per year) and when this secondary location opens, that number will significantly increase (nearly 400 D.O. graduates) further solidifying NSU as the top producer of medical school grads.

There is a significant shortage of D.O.’s and other medical professionals in rural and underserved areas in Florida, across the country and around the world. The Patel Family Foundation has made a commitment to make a difference through their support of NSU’s health care programs.

Approximately, 46% of NSU graduates practice in the state of Florida following graduation. Of those, 60% work in rural or underserved areas.

It is the largest gift ever received by NSU and among the seven-largest in Florida’s history.

The Clearwater campus is an additional site expansion of the Davie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Elaine M. Wallace, D.O. will serve as the Dean of both locations. Kenneth Johnson, D.O., current Assistant Dean of Faculty, will be the on-site Executive Associate Dean, running the day-to-day operations.

Our College of Osteopathic Medicine students currently work with Ed.D.’s, J.Dd’s, Ph.D’s, and psychologists in their first two years of education. In their clinical years, our students work with nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, physical therapist, family therapists, and neuropsychologists, to name a few.  This interprofessional training will continue at both campuses.

Approximately 27 acres, which includes a 325,000 square foot medical education complex.

The College of Health Care Sciences offers 29 programs such as physician assistant, anesthesiologist assistant; occupational therapy; physical therapy; speech language pathology, audiology, respiratory therapy, medical and cardiovascular sonography, athletic training, exercise and sport science, and health science.

  • Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel Family Foundation
  • Mr. Don Taft, Don Taft Foundation
  • Mr. H. Wayne and Mrs. Marti Huizenga
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