January 12, 2024

Shenandoah Medical Center joins educational alliance with Purdue Global

SHENANDOAH, Iowa, and WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Global has signed an educational alliance agreement with Shenandoah Medical Center, bringing broad-based educational opportunities with tuition reduction to staff and their family members.

“The Purdue Global School of Nursing is excited to begin our partnership with Shenandoah Medical Center and eager to support its mission around continuing education and the pursuit of academic achievement,” said Melissa Burdi, dean and vice president of the Purdue Global School of Nursing.

The Purdue Global School of Nursing offers an associate degree program, an RN-to-BSN program, ten master’s programs in nursing specialties, and a doctorate program for nursing. Additional Purdue Global offerings include programs for business, criminal justice, human services and psychology, among others. The Purdue Global Law School and aviation programs are not included in this partnership.

Shenandoah Medical Center staff and immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner, children, siblings and parents) will have access to a 20% tuition reduction for undergraduate programs, 14% reduction for graduate programs and 10% reduction for doctoral programs.

“Shenandoah Medical Center is committed to patient care and continually focused on increasing our educational partnerships and professional growth opportunities for our clinical staff,” said Matt Sells, CEO of Shenandoah Medical Center. “The relationship with Purdue Global will expand these educational offerings, which is important as we continue to provide first-class health care at Shenandoah Medical Center.”

About Purdue Global

Purdue Global is Purdue’s online university for working adults who have life experience and often some college credits. It offers flexible paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree based on their work experience, military service and previous college credits, no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and backed by Purdue University. For more information, visit https://stories.purdue.edu/purdue-global/.

About Shenandoah Medical Center

For over 100 years, Shenandoah Medical Center has provided exceptional health care to the residents of Shenandoah and the surrounding communities. SMC recently completed construction of the Robert S. Holmes Family Cancer Center, a $13 million state-of-the-art facility to enhance cancer care for patients throughout southwest Iowa. While the facilities and technologies may continue to change over the years, SMC’s dedication to the Shenandoah area has remained consistent and unwavering.

Writer: Kaitlin McQueen

Media contact: Matthew Oates, oatesw@purdue.edu


Michelle Carlson, director of educational partnerships, Office of Industry Partnerships

Melissa Burdi, dean and vice president of the School of Nursing, Purdue Global

Matt Sells, CEO, Shenandoah Medical Center

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