University breaks ground on School of Health Sciences
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University is answering the national call for health professionals and continuing Bryant’s 150-year tradition of continuous evolution by breaking ground today on a Physician Assistant Learning Center for its new School of Health Sciences.
"People will look to this day when we boldly entered the health services sector."
The new facility will be located on Bryant’s 428-acre campus and will serve as the home for its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program (MSPAS), launched earlier this year. The introduction of the School of Health Sciences and the debut of the physician assistant program mark Bryant’s strategic and significant entry into health care education and training. Building on the University’s nationally recognized programs in business, these initiatives are expected to include health care management and health care policy, in addition to clinical programs.
“In the history of every institution there are certain watershed events,” Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley said at the groundbreaking ceremonies. “In the future people will look to this day when we boldly entered the health services sector, forging strategic partnerships with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Care New England Health System, and Southcoast Health System, and using our core business skills in an industry that accounts for 17 percent of the GDP.
“Health care sits at the heart of the U.S. economy,” said Machtley. “We’re positioning our programs so that our students can take advantage of the very best career opportunities in this sector, and to make positive and lasting change in our health care system.”
The physician assistant program began accepting applications in April and the inaugural class of 32 students will begin the 27-month program in January 2015.
Among other highlights, the new school will include two physician assistant classrooms and state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratories. A two-story glass curtain wall on the north and east elevations will provide abundant natural light.