New COVID-19 Face Covering Requirements for NSHE Institutions

Dear Campus Community,

COVID cases continue to increase in Clark County.  Therefore, new face covering requirements for all Nevadans have been announced. Governor Steve Sisolak issued Directive No. 47 yesterday, which imposes new face covering requirements for all vaccinated and unvaccinated Nevadans based upon the new CDC guidance also issued yesterday.  NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose has announced that effective Friday, July 30, 2021, all unvaccinated and vaccinated NSHE students, employees, and members of the public will be required to wear a face covering while inside any building or structure on any NSHE campus or property.

Nevada State College will implement the directive as follows:

  • Face coverings are required for all students, employees, and members of the public, when indoors at a Nevada State College building.
  • Face coverings are not required outside or when alone in your private office or your room in on-campus housing.
  • Face coverings can be removed if two people are meeting in a private office, both have been vaccinated, and they social distance.
  • All building signage will reflect the new directive.
  • Social distancing in general is not required under the current mandate.

This new mandate may remain in effect until the vaccination rate increases and COVID-19 transmission levels decrease in Clark County and other Nevada high-risk counties.  The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to end the pandemic and protect yourself, your family and friends, and the greater community. If you have not been vaccinated, please do so soon and encourage others to do the same.

Visit https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/distribution/ to schedule a vaccination appointment.

We thank you for following this directive.  If you suspect or are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the Self-Report Form at nsc.edu/coronavirus.  Resources are also available in the State Safe app.  We will continue to share information specific to Nevada State at nsc.edu/coronavirus  and through official channels.

Be State Safe!

Vickie Shields, Ph.D.
Acting President

Roseman University College of Pharmacy and Nevada State College Partner to Create First-of-its-kind Dual Degree Program in Nevada

Nevada State College (NSC) and Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy (Roseman COP) in Henderson have partnered to create a new Fast-Track BS/PharmD program. The program will allow qualified students to earn both Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees in as few as six years, rather than the eight years typically needed to complete both. The program is designed to propel students into a career in pharmacy, saving time and tuition costs.

“Nevada State College is beyond thrilled to offer this kind of quality opportunity to our students,” said Vickie Shields, PhD, acting president at NSC. “With the cost of graduate education being prohibitive for so many students, opportunities such as this streamline the curriculum, shorten the timeline to an advanced degree, and reward students with two degrees from top quality higher education institutions, that happen to both be located in Henderson. Everybody wins! It is this type of partnership that benefits our entire community. I would like to thank everyone who contributed.”

Through the Fast-Track BS/PharmD program, students enrolled in the BS in Biology program who complete three years of study at NSC will have the opportunity to combine the fourth year of their BS and first year of Roseman’s accelerated three-year PharmD curriculum, effectively eliminating one year of study as they pursue both their BS and (PharmD) degrees. After successful completion of their first year of study at Roseman University, students will be granted their BS in Biology and continue their PharmD education at Roseman COP.

“Through this first-of-its-kind partnership in Nevada, NSC students will get a head start on their professional careers, enabling them to obtain bachelors and doctoral degrees in less time and for less money than if each degree was taken separately,” said Renee Coffman, PhD, president and co-founder of Roseman University. “We are delighted and honored to join Nevada State College to further strengthen our shared mission to educate future generations of healthcare professionals. Further, NSC’s students bring rich diversity to the pharmacy profession in our region.”

At NSC, BS students benefit from small class sizes and the opportunity to work closely with innovative faculty as they acquire knowledge and develop skills. Students receive training in modern laboratory and field techniques utilizing NSC’s advanced scientific technology. They also take advantage of NSC’s numerous undergraduate research opportunities, summer programs, and independent study projects.

Roseman COP teaches students using its Six-Point Mastery Learning Model®, an education system that promotes high levels of achievement, with a focus on mastery of content. The model consists of Block Curriculum, Active and Collaborative Learning, Competency-based Education, Assessment Learning, Early Experiential Learning, and a Classroom Design that facilitates learning. All these components reinforce one another and contribute to an unparalleled educational environment. Right from the start of their first year in the PharmD program, students apply their learning from the classroom to real-world scenarios through Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) – developing professional knowledge and skills in a variety of clinical practice settings.

Students entering Roseman COP have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and enter programs such as the CVS Health grant-supported Spanish Pathway Program, which aims to increase the number of Hispanic/Latinx/Spanish-speaking students entering the field of pharmacy with a desire to serve the Hispanic community. Students also can expand their networks, knowledge and skills while positively impacting the communities Roseman serves through involvement with student organizations, such as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Student Network, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Student Chapter, Roseman Chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Drug Awareness Advocacy Team (DAAT) and more.

Students graduating with their BS and PharmD are prepared to immediately enter the work force upon licensure, or they can seek additional training in a pharmacy residency program. Employment opportunities can include clinical and long-term care facilities, community pharmacies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, educational institutions, and laboratories.

For more information, visit http://nsc.edu/fasttrackbstopharmd

 

New COVID-19 Face Covering Requirements for NSHE Employees in Clark County

Dear Campus Community,

This is a very important announcement regarding immediate changes in COVID-19 protocols on campus.  Due to rising COVID cases, the Clark County Commission has issued a directive that as of midnight tonight all employees of both private and public institutions will be required to wear a face covering indoors in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose has issued a memorandum to all NSHE employees regarding the directive.

Nevada State College will implement the directive as follows:

  • Face coverings are required for all employees, including student employees, when indoors.
  • Face coverings are not required outside or when alone in your office.
  • Other students and members of the public are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings indoors.
  • All building signage will reflect the new directive as of tomorrow.
  • The current mandate does not require social distancing.

The Clark County Commission will re-evaluate the mandate on August 17, 2021.  We thank you for following this directive and encourage you to remain committed to staying safe and saving lives.  Please continue to exercise caution and good judgement to limit the further spread of COVID-19.

Recent statistics indicate that less than 50% of eligible people are vaccinated in Southern Nevada.  Let’s be the solution by getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same.  Visit https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/distribution/ to schedule a vaccination appointment.

If you suspect or are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the Self-Report Form at nsc.edu/coronavirus. Resources are also available in the State Safe app.  We will continue to share information specific to Nevada State through official channels, including nsc.edu/coronavirus.

 

Be State Safe!

Vickie Shields, Ph.D.
Acting President