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Arizona makes commitment to Creighton to educate next gen nursing workforce

Jan 14, 2022
5 min Read
Cindy Workman
Phoenix campus

Through a public-private partnership announced by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, the state plans to invest $25.7 million in Creighton University’s College of Nursing’s Accelerated BSN program, guaranteeing that at least 300 additional clinic-ready, rigorously educated nurses are in the Arizona workforce by 2030. Following review and passage during this session of the Arizona state legislature, it represents the largest-ever investment in the College of Nursing’s history.

“I remain both humbled and incredibly excited about this investment and the opportunity it presents for the future of the health care workforce in Arizona,” said the Rev. Daniel 
S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, president of Creighton University. “It creates more access, and ensures the introduction of highly trained Creighton nurses in areas where those positions are desperately needed.”

The intention of this partnership is to address access to health professions education and ensure talented, diverse students can pursue their callings as nurses in service to Arizona. The expected investment also serves to expand the reach of Creighton’s educational tradition and interdisciplinary, collaborative approach. 

“Time and again, Creighton has proven its commitment to Arizona, our communities and our residents,” said Sharon Harper, president and chief executive officer of Plaza Companies and Creighton trustee. “Today we opened doors and opportunities for education and the essential health care jobs we need.”

“This absolutely serves to accelerate Creighton’s commitment to address the shortage of nurses in Arizona and bring better health care to the people of this state,” said Catherine Todero, PhD, dean of Creighton’s College of Nursing and vice provost of Health Sciences Campuses.  

Additional information about Arizona’s investment in Creighton can be accessed at More detail about Creighton’s Phoenix health sciences campus, its programs, including the Accelerated BSN program, can be accessed at