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California nursing school plans new Boise campus

A new private, for-profit nursing school aims to open a location in Boise.

Unitek College applied with the City of Boise to convert office space in the Blackeagle Center on Overland Rd., adjacent to the Boise campus of the College of Western Idaho.

“In recent years there has been an increased demand for trained nursing staffs (sic) and Unitek is helping to provide qualified candidates to fill those much-needed positions,” Ross Sweet with Skarphol/Frank Associates wrote in an application letter. “Unitek provides training for the ever-growing health industry field by focusing on nursing and offering an array of nursing courses…”

Unitek currently operates seven campus locations in California, and offers a variety of degrees in nursing and other medical fields. The US Department of Education says Unitek holds a 74% graduation rate, with average yearly tuition of $39,824.

The college has started posting positions for workers for the Boise location.

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CBS2 reported last month Idaho expects to see a continued nursing shortage through at least 2025. The station also said Boise State University is working to expand its nursing program offerings. College of Western Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University also offer nursing course and degrees.

Unitek’s application with the City of Boise shows a 24,000 square foot space, with classroom, lab, simulation areas and office space.

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