October 5, 2021

Purdue University Global renews educational alliance with UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Global has renewed its partnership with UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids to offer broad-based educational opportunities with tuition reduction.

“Purdue University Global School of Nursing is thrilled to renew our partnership with UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids and excited to support its mission around continuing education and the pursuit of academic achievement,” said Melissa Burdi, Purdue Global vice president and dean of the School of Nursing.

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.

UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids staff and immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner, children, siblings and parents) will continue to be afforded 20% tuition reduction for undergraduate programs, 14% reduction for graduate programs and 10% reduction for doctoral programs.

“UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids is pleased to partner with Purdue University Global in an effort to not only provide greater means and flexibility for our team members and their families in pursuing their educational career goals, but also to support filling the increasing workforce demands over a broad range of professions and disciplines,” said Carmen Kleinsmith, senior vice president and chief nurse executive. “The flexibility that Purdue Global offers its students has great appeal to our teams at UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids as they pursue educational options that best meet their work-life demands.”

Purdue Global has similar partnerships with Columbus (Nebraska) Community Hospital, 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 purdueglobal.edu.

About UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids

UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids is a senior member of one of the nation’s most integrated health systems in the Midwest, UnityPoint Health. UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids consists of St. Luke’s Hospital, which has been nationally recognized eight times as a 100 Top Hospital, has formed partnerships with more than 194 health care providers, 33 physician clinics and 4,000 associates. UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids is committed to providing programs and services to improve the health of individuals throughout Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities and works toward innovative advancements to deliver the “Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time.” Its centers of excellence include cardiac care, robotic surgery, obstetrics, neonatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral health, surgery, and trauma care.

Media Contact, Purdue Global: Tom Schott, 765-427-1721, tschott@purdue.edu

Media Contact, UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids: Sarah Corizzo, 319-369-8372, Sarah.Corizzo@unitypoint.org

Sources: Melissa Burdi

Carmen Kleinsmith

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