January 23, 2023

Purdue Global and Ambassador Health to benefit from strategic partnership

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Global and Ambassador Health have formed a strategic partnership that will provide essential experience for School of Nursing students and offer first-rate educational opportunities to Ambassador Health staff and their family members through tuition reduction. The alliance is another step in achieving Purdue Global’s new vision for health care expansion.

“The Purdue Global School of Nursing is thrilled to partner with Ambassador Health and is 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, an RN-BSN program, six Master of Science in Nursing specialties and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Additional Purdue Global offerings include business, criminal justice, human services and psychology, among others. The partnership does not include Concord Law School, aviation or ExcelTrack programs.

Ambassador Health 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 at Ambassador Health are very excited by the new educational partnership between Ambassador Health and Purdue Global,” said Laura Ernesti, corporate regional nurse. “The educational partnership not only allows us to welcome Purdue Global nursing students into our facilities to gain exceptional nursing experiences and foster compassionate care that will prepare them for their career as a nurse, but it also allows our employees, their spouses, significant others and their children the opportunity to receive discounted and quality-driven education while being an employer of Ambassador Health.”

Purdue Global has similar strategic partnerships with Continuum Pediatric Nursing Services, York (Nebraska) General, Columbus (Nebraska) Community Hospital, UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids, the Wellness Council of Arizona, Quality Living Inc., Kearney Regional Medical Center, Stewart Memorial Community Hospital and Story County Medical Center.

About Purdue Global

Purdue 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 https://stories.purdue.edu/purdue-global/.

About Ambassador Health

Ambassador Health is a regional leader in post-hospital rehabilitation, with facilities located in Nebraska City, Lincoln, Omaha, and Sidney, Iowa. With four decades of experience, the locally owned health system provides results-driven care in an intimate, personalized environment. Whether it’s a planned surgery, an unexpected illness or a traumatic injury, patients at Ambassador Health receive in-patient rehabilitation from highly qualified therapy and nursing teams. In addition to post-hospital rehabilitation, active seniors looking for independent or assisting living options, adults in need of pulmonary and ventilator services, and parents of small children looking for advanced pediatric specialty care will find their unique health care needs met within the walls of Ambassador Health.

Media contact, Purdue Global: Tom Schott, tschott@purdue.edu

Media contact, Ambassador Health: Jessica Crunk, jcrunk@ambhealthsys.com

Sources: Melissa Burdi

Laura Ernesti

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