September 14, 2021

Purdue University Global to offer educational opportunities to Nebraska’s Columbus Community Hospital staff with tuition reduction

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Global continues to join forces with health care organizations to offer robust educational opportunities with tuition reduction. The latest such partnership is with Columbus (Nebraska) Community Hospital.

“We are very pleased to partner with Columbus Community Hospital and are highly committed to helping them with their goal of creating educational pathways for employees, advancing their careers in nursing and in other key areas within the health care organization,” said Melissa Burdi, Purdue Global vice president and dean of the School of Nursing.

The Purdue Global School of Nursing offers an associate’s degree program, RN-BSN, six Master of Science in Nursing specialties and Doctor of Nursing programs. Additional Purdue Global offerings include business, criminal justice, human services and psychology, among others. The partnership does not include Concord Law School or aviation programs.

Columbus Community staff and immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner, children, siblings and parents) will be afforded 20% tuition reduction for undergraduate programs, 14% reduction for graduate programs and 10% reduction for doctoral programs.

“We are happy to partner with Purdue University Global as a benefit for our current and future staff,” said Mike Hansen, president and CEO at Columbus Community Hospital. “We are always willing and eager to invest in our team members and help them as they accomplish their educational goals. This new partnership will give us another avenue to do so.”

Purdue Global previously announced similar partnerships with Continuum Pediatric Nursing Services and York (Nebraska) General.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit

About Columbus Community Hospital

Columbus Community Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital governed by a local board of directors, licensed by the Nebraska State Board of Health and accredited by the Joint Commission. It is a 50-bed acute care facility certified for swing beds with an additional 14 ambulatory outpatient beds. The 153,000-square-foot hospital is located in the northwest part of Columbus, Nebraska. It also provides additional services through the Healthpark Medical Office Building, Columbus Wellness Center, CCH Child Care Center, CCH South Campus, Humphrey Medical Clinic and Premier Physical Therapy. 

Media Contact: Tom Schott, 765-427-1721,

Sources: Michelle Carlson

Melissa Burdi

Mike Hansen

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