November 22, 2021

Educational partnership between Purdue University Global and QLI aims to build nursing pipeline

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — In its ongoing pursuit to provide educational opportunities with tuition reduction to leading health care organizations nationwide, Purdue University Global is collaborating with Quality Living Inc. (QLI) of Omaha, Nebraska.

“Purdue University Global is proud to be able to partner with such a highly esteemed organization like QLI as they pursue their mission to offer life-changing rehab services,” said Melissa Burdi, Purdue Global vice president and dean of the School of Nursing. “Our partnership will allow both organizations to help build the pipeline of nurses for many years to come.”

The Purdue Global School of Nursing offers an associate 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.

QLI 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.

“Nurses serve a crucial purpose in QLI's efforts to deliver life-changing rehabilitation and care to the populations it serves," said Alicia Easton, vice president of human resources for QLI. From traumatic brain injuries, to spinal cord injuries, to strokes or chronic pain diagnoses, QLI's post-hospital environment houses tremendous expertise to manage some of the most challenging demands in all of health care. We're proud to offer an extraordinary, diverse learning environment for those training in the Purdue Global nursing program and eager to put them in a position to change lives.

Purdue Global has similar partnerships with Columbus (Nebraska) Community Hospital, Continuum Pediatric Nursing Services, UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids (Iowa), the Wellness Council of Arizona 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 QLI

QLI, in Omaha, Nebraska, is nationally recognized as a leader in brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. QLI’s clinical model combines medical excellence, gold standard research and highly individualized programs – which support the rediscovery of life passions and focus on the “real-world” skills needed to pursue them. For more, visit QLI online at

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

Media Contact, QLI: Mike Joyce,

Sources: Melissa Burdi

Alicia Easton

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