As Nova Southeastern University officials, members of the community, residents and professional students celebrate the Grand Opening and doubling in size of the schools’ Tampa location, the community is also celebrating the economic impact locally.

Creating 30 new jobs and offering a one-of-a-kind program in the state, the Tampa arm of Nova, based in Fort Lauderdale, spells the future for higher education.

The non-profit, chartered 501-C-3 institution offers Bachelor’s degrees in medicine, law, education and more. Locally, its new program debut is the anesesiologist assistant program.

“This program is only one of five in the country,” describes Kenneth Ma, Associate Director of Public Affairs at the school. “We had more than 400 applicants for the first class of twenty-seven seats.” In addition to training, the school offers guaranteed job placement and a six-figure income to start for its graduates.

With more than 30,000 students, Nova is hoping to establish itself in Tampa with up to 2,000 students in the area with its new facilities, including on site medical hands-on training and more.

In June, the center celebrated its growth and opening of its 81,500 sq. ft. education center in the Sabal Park Corporate Center off of I-75. The ceremony included local dignitaries and representatives of the community.

State Representative Rachel Burgin thanked Nova for its commitment to the community, “We are very thankful that Nova is bringing such a significant institution into our community.”

Hillsborough County Schools Superintendant MaryEllen Elia, was also glad to be in attendance and mentioned that she is a graduate herself of Nova Southeastern University. “We have partnered with Nova and are proud of the opportunities we can provide to Hillsborough County students as well as teachers with this partnership.”

Tammy Bracewell, President and CEO of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, added, “The twelve million dollar economic impact of this facility is important to our community. With jobs, students and spending for our local businesses, this is a great partnership and we appreciate Nova’s continued support of our community.”

NSU’s Tampa Student Educational Center will also offer 18 degree programs in business, education, psychology, speech-language pathology, leadership, early childhood education, human resource management, among others.

Additionally, the center will create new jobs in teaching, operations and management. It is expected to generate $12 million in economic impact to Tampa Bay’s economy.

The facility is equipped with high-tech classrooms with video conferencing capabilities, advanced healthcare simulation laboratories with robotic mannequins, computer labs, wireless Internet connection throughout the facility, a multipurpose room, and other amenities.

Nova Southeastern University has been offering educational degree-programs in the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years. Prior to moving to its current facility, NSU was located in a 41,179-sq.-ft. section of the Sabal Park Plaza Building.

NSU is the sixth largest not-for-profit independent institution nationally. The university awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields, including business, counseling, computer and information sciences, education, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, various health professions, law, marine sciences, early childhood, psychology and other social sciences. For more information on admission, upcoming open houses and tours of the new facility, visit

See the new state-of-the-art Nova Southeastern University Tampa campus at upcoming free open house sessions. Register online for a reservation to an open house. Tour the facility; learn admission requirements and local and online course offerings. Upcoming open houses include Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 9:30 a.m.

Anesthesiologist Assistant, Applied Professional Studies, Business Administration, Business Management, Cross Disciplinary Studies, Education, Higher Education, Human Resource Management, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, School Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology are a selection of course offerings for the Tampa Campus.

Tampa campus director Racquel Khuri says, “I invite you to visit our Tampa Student Educational center conveniently located near I-75. All  programs offered here are in accessible formats to accommodate your demanding  schedule.” The Tampa campus is located at 3632 Queen Palm Dr. in the Sabal Park Corporate Center. For more information, call 574-5200 or reserve a free open house spot at

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Marie Gilmore
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