Brookline College Launches Physical Therapist Assistant Program in Tucson

Brookline offers new educational opportunities to aspiring healthcare professionals.

Tucson, Arizona – In 2024, Brookline College will launch a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at the Tucson campus. This unique addition to their roster of programs creates a valuable opportunity that will benefit the community and the field of physical therapy. The inaugural group of students will start the program in May of 2024 with 20 available seats. In under two years, these students can earn their PTA degree and begin fulfilling careers as Physical Therapist Assistants.

Through the PTA program, students will learn about current concepts and practices in the field of physical therapy. They will also benefit from a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on exercises, and 640 hours at a clinical site. From smaller class sizes to dedicated instructors, the PTA program at Tucson is designed to provide each student with an enriching experience.

“I am so pleased that we can bring the high-quality program we established in Phoenix to the southern part of the state and the Tucson community,” said Jane Jackson, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director. “I look forward to offering our hands on, individual, student-centered approach to transform students into amazing Physical Therapist Assistants. Together, we can help bridge the gap to reduce Arizona’s labor shortage for medical professionals.”

Aspiring healthcare students in Tucson can become Brookline graduates in one of several programs: Surgical Technology, Sterile Processing, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy Technician, and Occupational Therapy Assistant. Now, they can also enroll in a Physical Therapist Assistant program. All students benefit from a dynamic and modern learning environment, which includes applied training, hands-on exercises, and clinical simulations. Brookline College also offers a free, “Class Pass” program that provides aspiring students with a preview of life on campus.

“Physical Therapist Assistants are important members of the healthcare team, which is why I am so proud and excited to be a part of this program launch!” said Rieko Decker, the Campus Director in Tucson. “It is our mission to meet the healthcare education needs of the Tucson community. With our existing lineup of healthcare programs, the addition of PTA allows us to continue that focus.”

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Unitek Training Healthcare, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

Unitek Learning Celebrates Renovated Campus and New Opportunities

Brookline College Returns to Tempe, Arizona in August 2023.

Tempe, Arizona – On August 7th, the Brookline College Tempe campus resumed classes at 1140 South Priest Drive in Arizona. In 2022, the campus experienced a flood that caused a temporary relocation of classes. Not only has the location been restored, but the flood prompted a campus-wide renovation and facility improvements. Students will benefit from a new collaboration center, upgraded digital equipment in the classrooms, and a new computer center.

“This is thrilling news for our team and our students,” said Maria Walters, the Campus Director in Tempe. “Despite the challenges they faced, the staff and instructors worked diligently to transition our students back to campus and give them the best experience possible. I am so proud of what we have accomplished in the past year, and I look forward to a fresh start at our remodeled campus.”

The Brookline College Tempe campus offers a variety of programs, including Medical Assisting, Sterile Processing, and Surgical Technology. All the programs at Tempe feature supervised externships to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. In addition, hands-on labs provide a safe environment for students to advance their knowledge, hone their professional skills, and learn under the supervision of experienced professionals.

“We are so thrilled for this homecoming in Tempe,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning. “Our goal is to produce highly skilled graduates for the field of healthcare. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them in Tempe.”

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Unitek Training Healthcare, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

Unitek Joins Forces with Aurora Behavioral Health System to Expand Workforce Education

Unitek Learning to Help Transform Healthcare Workforce

Newport Beach, California – Unitek Learning is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Aurora Behavioral Health System, the largest independent psychiatric hospital system in Arizona. Aurora Health offers inpatient and outpatient services for individuals who need mental health treatment. These facilities are licensed by the State of Arizona, accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), and certified by Medicare and Medicaid. Both Unitek Learning and Aurora Behavioral Health seek to support communities throughout the state of Arizona.

“Aurora is renowned for its outstanding facility that provides exceptional care and a highly compassionate staff dedicated to the well-being of their patients,” said Karilyn Van Oosten, Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Unitek Learning. “The facility takes pride in offering a diverse range of therapeutic groups and programs that play a vital role in the healing journey. We are privileged to have the opportunity to partner with Aurora and support their staff’s education. Given the current scarcity of mental health caregivers, we consider it an honor to contribute to the education of future generations in this field.”

Through this partnership with Unitek Learning, employees of Aurora Behavioral Health System can advance their careers by enrolling at Brookline College. These individuals will have the opportunity to enroll in programs like the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and more. Many of the programs at Brookline College feature a combination of traditional instruction, virtual components, and hands-on exercises. Students will also benefit from clinical rotations and a degree or diploma upon successful completion of their program.

“An increased demand for a strong workforce has been evidenced by recent events,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning. “Our partnership with Aurora Behavioral Health System will allow Unitek Learning and Brookline College to become part of the solution. We want to help create a career-ready workforce that is needed in Arizona.”

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Unitek Training Healthcare, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

To find out how to take advantage of all this partnership affords, call 888.382.8183 or contact us today.

Unitek Learning Sees Opportunities in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Brookline College to Move to New ABQ Campus in Fall 2023.

Newport Beach, California – This fall, the Brookline College Albuquerque campus will move to a new location in joined buildings at 303 Roma Avenue Northwest and 500 4th Street Northwest. In addition, the Brookline Cottonwood location will join the main campus at this new Albuquerque location. The students will benefit from having access to an active learning center, collaboration room, and will participate in dynamic simulation rooms, virtual classrooms, and skills labs.

“This is thrilling news for our team and the community,” said Scott Turncliff, the Campus Director in Albuquerque. “One reason we chose this campus is its central location and proximity to hospitals and other medical facilities. We even anticipate that some students will travel from nearby states so that they may attend our programs. Together, we can help bridge the gap to reduce New Mexico’s labor shortage for healthcare professionals.”

Dr. Navneet Bhasin, Chief Operations Officer at Unitek Learning, added: “This new property provides increased safety and security features to make everyone as comfortable as possible. In addition, this new space offers an attached parking garage with free parking for both students and staff to provide convenience and the additional layer of security for all.”

The Brookline College Albuquerque campus offers a variety of programs, including Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Track and the recently launched Occupational Therapy Assistant program. These programs feature hands-on training and supervised externships and clinical experiences to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals.

“We are so thrilled for this transition in Albuquerque,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning. “Recently, we have shifted our focus to include greater technological services and expand student outcomes. Our goal is to produce highly skilled graduates for the field of healthcare. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Unitek Training Healthcare, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

Unitek Learning Reignites the Light of Caring in Nursing Education and Practice

Leaders in healthcare gathered to support the nursing profession at Unitek’s Symposium

Albuquerque, New Mexico – In honor of National Nursing Month, Unitek Learning hosted a nursing symposium at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. On May 26th, more than 90 guests attended the celebratory event. Along with five esteemed panelists, Dr. Jean Watson, founder and director of the non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute, led the conference with her keynote address: “Reigniting the Light of Caring in Nursing Education and Practice.”

“The future of nursing education requires a strong partnership between academia and healthcare. Unitek Learning continually seeks to build a bridge between the two,” said Dr. Abdel Yosef, Chief Academic Officer at Unitek Learning. “Throughout the New Mexico symposium, we demonstrated our commitment to workforce resiliency so that we can help bridge the gap between the present and the future. In order to better our communities, we must encourage other leaders to meet standards of excellence, to implement new visions of Caring Science, and to serve as a national exemplar for education and practice.”

The nursing symposium featured distinguished panelists who are experts in their field, including Penny Beattie, DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC; Gloria Doherty PhD, MSN, ACNP-BC; Rachael Frija, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC; Caryn Iverson, DHA, MSN, MBA, RN; and Cynthia Nuttal, MSN,MPA, PhD, RN, NE-BC. Each panelist spoke about educational equity, excellence, and opportunity to prepare a practice-ready healthcare workforce.

In her keynote address, Dr. Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN) shared the core aspects of philosophical-ethical humanistic, theory-guided caring and professional development for academia as well as healthcare organizations.This educational approach expounds on the boldness needed to nurture the practice of human caring in an ever-changing world. Dr. Watson has continued to persevere in her mission to restore the profound nature of caring and healing within healthcare systems worldwide.

“At Unitek, we are committed to a caring exchange between teachers and students,” Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning. “For educators to effectively prepare students, they must infuse their approach with a positive reflection on the past and an eye on the future. Our goal at the conference was to delve into the importance of diversity as well as mental wellness. To reignite the light of caring in nursing education, we must focus on the principles of effective communication, moral commitment to self and others, and our capacity to increase the quality of teaching overall.”

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

Unitek Learning Develops New Partnership for Future Care

Unitek Partners with Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque

Newport Beach, California – Unitek Learning has partnered with Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico to provide nursing education to its employees. Presbyterian Healthcare Services is a nonprofit healthcare system that consists of nine hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing medical group. Founded in 1908, they are New Mexico’s largest private employer with more than 13,000 employees, including more than 1,600 providers and almost 4,700 nurses.

“We are honored to partner with Presbyterian Healthcare Services,” said Karilyn Van Oosten, Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Unitek Learning. “With several of its hospitals recognized by U.S. News Best Hospitals, we look forward to helping them create a career pathway for their workforce. Together, we can collaborate on the challenges facing the medical industry and create a customized workforce solution.”

Employees of Presbyterian Healthcare Services can start their career education in nursing through Unitek’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program or the Practical Nursing (LPN) program.

“Presbyterian is excited to partner with Unitek to create a pathway for our workforce to advance in the field of nursing,” said Holly Muller, Chief Nursing Officer, Presbyterian Delivery System. “This partnership aims to help address the nursing shortage in New Mexico by making access to educational opportunities easier for our employees.”

Abdel Yosef, Chief Academic Officer at Unitek Learning, added: “Through this partnership, we seek to improve access to healthcare services and nursing education. Our ultimate goal is to partner with multiple organizations so that we may prepare the nurses of the future. We’ve reached a moment in history where it’s dire that academia and practice innovate to co-create strong educational and workforce partnerships.”

The first start date for these students is planned to begin in April of 2024. Currently, Unitek’s Brookline College is working with the New Mexico Board of Nursing to seek approval for the additional seats to accommodate Presbyterian Health nursing students.

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek Training Healthcare, Unitek EMT, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

To find out how to take advantage of all this partnership affords, call 888.382.8183 or contact us today.