National University and AMN Healthcare Create Unique Education Partnership

March 8, 2016

SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2016 - In the first program of its kind, an innovative partnership between leaders in healthcare workforce services and nonprofit higher education has answered the healthcare industry’s call for an increased supply of well-prepared clinical professionals.

AMN Healthcare, the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services, and National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California and a leader in adult education, are working together to provide a sophisticated learning environment in the healthcare services sector for continuing education, client-customized training programs, learning management and professional practice management.

“Healthcare providers facing growing shortages of clinicians now have customized education and training programs to help build the specific workforce they need,” said Susan Salka, President and CEO of AMN Healthcare. “Our partnership brings together a unique combination of healthcare workforce and education expertise that clients can employ to train existing staff or prepare new graduates to meet the rapidly growing demand for patient care.”

National University has decades of experience developing curriculum for both classroom and online learning. Through the collaboration with AMN Healthcare, the University’s Center for Innovation in Learning will assist with developing modular learning programs that leverage the University’s expertise in course design, content development and Learning Management Systems for online learning platforms.

The state-of-the-art educational offerings will in turn be provided through The Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Professionals at AMN Healthcare. The Center offers customizable, high-quality education and training programs for healthcare providers to build their future workforces.

The nation’s healthcare industry is suffering from shortages of many types of healthcare professionals, and this challenge is expected to worsen as demand increases and supply becomes even more constrained over the next decade. Although enrollments are rising in many programs, particularly for nurses, transition-to-practice readiness has become increasingly essential. In this increasingly complex healthcare environment, many healthcare providers are identifying a greater need for specialty training to ensure that recent graduates as well as current employees are fully prepared to meet immediate workplace needs.

The AMN Healthcare-National University partnership provides novice and early-career clinicians with a career development ladder to become in-demand professionals. The partnership can customize learning programs for hospitals, health systems or other healthcare enterprises, such as home health agencies and clinics, so they can build a workforce that will support their future success.

“We are so very pleased to be partnering with AMN Healthcare on this very important initiative that supports the ongoing professional development of a new generation of healthcare specialists,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, President of National University and Chancellor of the National University System. “The future of higher education is in creating new pathways for lifelong learning such as this one, which is creating a clear path from graduated student to skilled professional in the healthcare industry.”

About National University: Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 students and more than 150,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Four schools and two colleges – the College of Letters and Sciences; the Sanford College of Education; the School of Business and Management; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. http://www.nu.edu/

About AMN Healthcare
AMN Healthcare is the leader and innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services to healthcare facilities across the nation. The Company provides unparalleled access to the most comprehensive network of quality healthcare professionals through its innovative recruitment strategies and breadth of career opportunities.  With insights and expertise, AMN Healthcare helps providers optimize their workforce to successfully reduce complexity, increase efficiency, and improve patient outcomes. AMN delivers managed services programs, healthcare executive search solutions, vendor management systems, recruitment process outsourcing, predictive modeling, and other consulting services. Clients include acute-care hospitals, community health centers and clinics, physician practice groups, retail and urgent care centers, home health facilities, and many other healthcare settings. For more information about AMN Healthcare, visit www.amnhealthcare.com.