Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
September 2014
The Health Sciences System (HSS) was established by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents in 2006. Its purpose is to address Nevada's community health issues through a system-wide effort to integrate and expand the education of health professionals and to foster collaborative research in health and health care.  Through collaboration among the NSHE institutions and a broad range of external partners, the HSS intends to be a catalyst for improvement in the health and wellness of Nevada.  Visit us at:
State leaders experience career of a medical student at School of Medicine program


Here, community leaders from the Reno campus learn about the human heart in the anatomy lab from medical students. 


The University of Nevada School of Medicine hosted 'the career of a medical student in a day' informational program, called Project Medical Education Nevada, for selected elected officials and government and community leaders in the Reno and Las Vegas markets on Sept. 22 and Oct. 1, respectively.


Seminars and interactive experiences guided about a dozen community leaders at each location through a compressed syllabus of the four-year medical school experience including the admissions process, anatomy laboratory, clinical shadowing experiences of the third- and fourth-years of medical school and culminating in the residency match process where students learn when they will receive their resident training.


The seminars were developed from the Association of American Medical Colleges Project Medical Education model and are designed to create a more accurate knowledge base among opinion leaders and policymakers to make insightful decisions about future funding sources for medical education.


Medical education is the foundation and future of our state and nation's health care systems. It is a complex, collaborative process that requires substantial resources-both intellectual and financial. Medical schools and teaching hospitals are national resources that provide essential benefits to the public by educating and training tomorrow's doctors, conducting research to find tomorrow's cures, providing the world's most advanced care to millions of Americans and delivering vital services to communities including care for the uninsured.


TMCC to Offer 

New Weekend and Fast Track Certified Nursing Assistant Class


Truckee Meadows Community College is now offering Certified Nursing Assistant classes during a nine-week accelerated program, and new sections scheduled entirely on weekends.


"There is now a high demand for skilled and caring nursing assistants, and the addition of weekend classes allows students to start a career program when it works with their other responsibilities," said Susan Bluhm, R.N., Certified Nursing Assistant professor and program coordinator at TMCC. "For a parent that is home taking care of children all week, they have an opportunity to attend a weekend class that hasn't existed before."


There is such a high success rate in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, that about 97% of students pass their classes, Bluhm said. She stated that TMCC is the only school in Northern Nevada to offer the CNA program during weekends.


Renown Regional Medical Center and skilled care facilities in Reno and Sparks host the students for supervised field work, and students have said that the clinical hours there have given them expertise and confidence in their skills, Bluhm said. More information about the Certified Nursing Assistant program can be found at, or by calling 775-673-7115.

UNR School of Community Health Sciences adds specializations to major

The University of Nevada, Reno's School of Community Health Sciences, with over 900 undergraduate majors, is pleased to announce new specializations within the major: CHS, Public Health and CHS, Kinesiology. Both specializations are designed to prepare students for various health professions and graduate school programs according to student interests and career goals.


The new Public Health specialization will require Technical Writing, Biostatistics, upper division courses in the public health subfields, and will allow more choices of coursework in natural science and social science. The new Kinesiology specialization will require four public health courses and additional specialized courses in physical movement, motor development, conditioning and training. Courses that fit a Physical Education teaching track and a pre-professional (e.g. Physcial Therapy and Occupational Therapy) track will be offered.



Did you know: 
The Nevada System of Higher Education has 150 distinct Health Sciences programs throughout eight institutions with an estimated total of 18,000 enrolled students.
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