Nevada State College School of Nursing receives approval from state board of nursing to expand program

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, representatives from the NSC School of Nursing went before the Nevada State Board of Nursing to gain approval for the expansion of their program. The School of Nursing leadership team presented their plan, which includes adding more students and updating the curriculum. Dr. Neal Rosenburg, Dean of the School of Nursing, led the effort, which stemmed from the school’s proposal for growth. After a unanimous vote by the board, NSC’s request was approved.
Currently in the School of Nursing, there is a Regular Track program, a Part-time Track program, and an Accelerated Track program. The school accepts 16 students per track throughout the year. In the revised curriculum, the Accelerated Track program will be phased out, and the School of Nursing will begin accepting more students for the Part-Time and Regular Track programs.
We took the best elements from the Accelerated Track and the Regular Track, and put them in the revised curriculum, Dr. Rosenburg said. The School of Nursing will introduce the revised curriculum next semester, effective Spring 2015 for all incoming students. Incoming students from the Fall 2014 semester (and before) will be taught the current curriculum.
According to Dr. Rosenburg, the school’s growth will be incremental. In the Spring 2015 semester, enrollment will increase to 32 Part-Time Track students and 32 Regular Track students, which is double the current amount. By Fall 2015, there will be 48 students in each category, for a total of 96. That’s three times the current number of Part-Time and Regular Track students. Additionally, starting in the Summer of 2015, the School of Nursing will begin admitting Part-Time students (48) for summer classes. The Fall 2015 semester will set a record for the School of Nursing, as that is the most students ever enrolled at one time in the school’s history.
We’re doing this to answer student’s needs, Dr. Rosenburg explained. We have a waitlist of qualified applicants. With these changes, we’re accommodating more qualified students than ever. Dr. Rosenburg believes the timing is perfect, since the opening of the new buildings during the summer of 2015 will provide the space for more students.
By providing more opportunities for students, we’re providing a valuable service to the community, Dr. Rosenburg stated. Most of our students stay in Southern Nevada and work, so we are helping offset the nursing shortage.
To prepare for the enrollment increase, the School of Nursing is hiring a Director of Academic Success and Retention. This position will provide additional support services to students, addressing those students who need the extra attention and support. As the student-to-teacher ratio will no longer be 16:1, the School of Nursing aims to ensure that no one gets overlooked or falls behind.
Other efforts to address the school’s growth include recruiting full-time clinical instructors for the Fall 2015 semester.
Dr. Rosenburg is excited about the upcoming changes and looks forward to welcoming new students to the school’s growing population. This is a great thing, not just for us, but for NSC and the entire community, he expressed. By doing this, we’re producing some of the most talented and exceptionally-prepared nurses in Southern Nevada.

Nevada State College hosts 3D Classroom live demo session to showcase new technology

“Isn’t this so much better, being able to see everything in 3D?”
Nevada State College Department of Physical and Life Sciences Professor Vikash Patel posed this question to his Biology 223, Human Anatomy and Physiology class during a live demo of NSC’s new cutting-edge technology, The 3D Classroom.
The 3D Classroom is revolutionizing the education industry. It is an interactive 3D product for schools, universities and health care organizations, which enables instructors to explain complex and abstract components of a subject in a simple and understandable manner. It increases motivation and learning among students and fosters both educational growth and academic achievement.
Nevada State College hosted a live demo session of this innovative educational tool on Monday, Sept. 29, in Room 109 of the Dawson building. The session took place in a classroom with NSC students and was conducted by an NSC instructor, to demonstrate the 3D Classroom’s functions and capabilities.
“Before, you could describe it, but now, we can actually see it,” one student said, after Professor Patel showed students several body parts/organs in 3D. The 3D Classroom requires that students wear 3D glasses and gives the students the feeling of being in a 3D movie. During Professor Patel’s demonstration, a camera seemingly travels through the human body, starting in one of the nostrils. Throughout the lesson, students continued to voice their delight. “Wow, this is really cool…it’s fun!” they exclaimed.
“It is our desire to teach better and that means engaging students to positively change their thinking, knowing and doing,” said Dr. Andy Kuniyuki, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences. “We are assessing the ability of 3D to conceptualize difficult subjects. Our investment will be supported by the impact on students.”
Dr. Kuniyuki was able to secure the 3D Classroom through a negotiation with Swedish company Sensavis, to license the use of 4 units. This was the result of Sensavis sending out a global invitation to attend their launch in the U.S. at their U.S. corporate office last May. Dr. Kuniyuki was the first to attend their demonstration and confirmed his impression of its value with Director of Information & Technology Services, Brian Chongtai, Assistant Professor of Visual and Digital Media, Dr. Adam Davis, and NSC Anatomy and Physiology professors.
“The 3D Classroom is a stepping stone for the next level of learning,” Professor Patel said. “We went beyond the traditional lecture PowerPoint way of learning.” NSC Student Kimberly Nichols is in her 2nd semester at NSC. “As a tactile learner, I like to learn through hands-on experience. This gives me a much more in-depth perspective,” she said. “I feel like I can practically reach out and grab it, which makes a huge difference for me…it’s great. I love it.” Nichols also mentioned that she wishes she’d had this tool available in her previous biology classes, and that she hopes the 3D Classroom become a staple of the NSC learning environment.
Another 2nd semester student, Christy Jackson, agreed. “Anatomy and physiology is a very difficult subject,” she said. “This made the whole thing click.” Jackson has been out of school for 25 years and is very impressed with the advances in technology. She currently works in the medical field, as a Compliance Coordinator in Labor and Delivery at St. Rose Sienna, and plans to enroll in the nursing program at NSC.
At the end of Professor Patel’s presentation, students applauded as Dr. Kuniyuki told them “you are the first in the country to experience this; it’s only at Nevada State College.” In addition to its expected impact on student learning, NSC has been invited to improve the content. “The ability to contribute to future content means that we can direct how to take advantage of this innovation,” Dr. Kuniyuki said. “It is a win-win-win for our students, Sensavis and NSC.”
NSC professors like Patel are thrilled by the possibilities of the 3D Classroom, which “gives more of a synergistic effect, making students much more appreciative and providing a better understanding of the concepts.”
“When we enhance with tools like this, and make it more interactive,” Patel explained, “that’s the only way we’re going to get through.”

Nevada State College president presents 2014 State of the Campus Address

Nevada State College President Bart Patterson presented the 2014 State of the Campus Address on Monday, Sept. 15, to an audience of community leaders, supporters, students, faculty and staff at the City of Henderson Event Plaza Amphitheatre.
President Patterson discussed the many accomplishments of our distinguished faculty and outstanding students, including Nevada State Student Alliance (NSSA) President David Cortez-Lopez. Cortez-Lopez was one of the speakers at the event; he outlined NSSA’s plans to remain an active, responsible voice for the student population at NSC.
Included in the State of the Campus Address were the results of NSC’s Year Three Accreditation Review. I am proud to announce that NSC received three commendations, President Patterson said. A commendation for our commitment to serving a diverse student body, a commendation for our dedication to data-based decision making, and a commendation for our commitment to environmental sustainability and collaboration with the City of Henderson.
President Patterson also highlighted the college’s continued growth. He expressed excitement and pride when announcing that first-time freshman enrollment is up twenty percent from last year. In addition to more students, the college is happy to welcome thirteen new faculty members with expertise in the fields of business, nursing, education, the sciences and humanities, psychology, biology, and visual media, just to name a few. And, of course, the entire NSC community is looking forward to the completion of the new buildings on Nevada State Drive. “We are so excited about our new buildings and how they will transform the student experience,” President Patterson said. “Next year this speech will be delivered up on the hill in one of those new buildings.”
Finally, the president introduced NSC’s new Be the Difference campaign, saying, This year the college will try even harder to meet the needs of our students with our Be the Difference campaign, to invest every faculty and staff member in helping our students achieve success.
President Patterson ended the State of the Campus Address by encouraging students, faculty and staff to continue to strive for greatness as NSC embarks on a year that will be truly transformational. We will push ourselves to rise up to meet the challenges of the day as well as the demands of our State for more college-educated Nevadans, he said. We will Be the Difference. We will BE BOLD, BE GREAT, BE STATE.