St. David’s HealthCare announced July 27 that Galen College of Nursing is opening a new campus in Austin. The campus is located at 1201 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Austin, in the medical office building located next to St. David’s Surgical Hospital.
According to a July 27 news release from St. David’s, the nursing college will open with three programs to offer students. Nursing students can pursue a three-year Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, a licensed vocational nursing certification or attain a licensed vocational nursing to associate degree.
“At Galen, we are uniquely positioned to help expand the pipeline of qualified nurses in Austin and are committed to helping stem the nursing shortage threatening the delivery of quality care across the country,” said Mark Vogt, Galen’s chief executive officer, in the July 27 news release.
The bachelor degree program begins Sept. 30, while the other programs are scheduled to begin Jan. 3, 2022. Student enrollment for all of the programs is currently open, according to the news release.
Enrollment caps and numbers will be “responsive to interest and demand,” said St. David’s in a statement to Community Impact Newspaper.
The new campus will feature advanced patient simulation labs and classroom learning environments for hands-on learning, according to the July 27 news release. Galen’s first Austin campus will be spread out over 26,000 square feet of educational space.
Galen in early 2020 was acquired by HCA Healthcare, the parent company of St. David’s. The accredited nursing college opened more than 30 years ago and currently operates six campuses nationwide, including a campus in San Antonio.