Nevada State College’s 5th Tunnel of Awareness is October 11-16

Join Nevada State College for its 5th Tunnel of Awareness, which is taking place October 11-16, 2021 at the Rogers Student Center.

This year, participants will have a variety of Tunnel Experience choices:
• Take a self-guided tour Monday-Friday from 1-2 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. (No RSVP required)
• Watch a Virtual Tunnel Tour on your own time (RSVP required)
• Join a group to watch the Virtual Tour Friday 10/15 2-3 p.m. (RSVP required)
• Full traditional Tunnel experience via a guided Tunnel of Awareness Tour (RSVP required)

Select the experience of your choice by RSVPing now at



President Pollard’s Message Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Dear Campus Community,

Nevada’s State Board of Health today voted to require a COVID-19 vaccine for Nevada’s public higher education student population. As they are Nevada’s medical and science experts with the legal authority to make the decision, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) supports the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all NSHE students. The mandate requires proof of vaccination for students to enroll for the Spring 2022 semester, which begins in January 2022. Please keep in mind that two of the vaccine options are multidose. It is essential to be thoughtful as you plan to comply with the November 1st implementation date.

I encourage every Nevada State College student to get the vaccine as soon as possible. As a treasured member of our Scorpion family, please do this not only for the health and wellbeing of yourself and your family but also for your fellow Scorpions — students, professors, and staff. The COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective way to end the pandemic and the surest and safest way to provide you with an uninterrupted learning environment at Nevada State.

 Vaccination clinics are located throughout Clark County. You may find the most convenient vaccination clinic for you by visiting We are also working with local partners and the Southern Nevada Health District to offer free COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus on August 31st and September 9th. Details will be forthcoming.  

As you schedule your vaccination appointment, please remember face coverings are required for all students, employees, and members of the public when indoors at a Nevada State College building. We also want to remind you of the mental health and wellness resources available to you during this challenging time. Here is the link to those resources for Nevada State students:

We thank you for your patience as we move forward and ask for your continued compassion and support on our learning and wellness journey.  

Be State Safe, 

Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard 


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.

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