Moab Regional Hospital and Utah State University-Moab have partnered to increase the education and career opportunities for health care-related occupations in Moab.

Starting last month, USU-Moab and Moab Regional Hospital began working together to provide and communicate opportunities for education, jobs and career advancement in the health care field.

The partnership will help Moab residents interested in pursuing these fields to receive the education and training necessary without having to relocate.

Moab residents can begin their health care career by earning a certificate in medical assisting or practical nursing. Upon graduation and licensure, graduates can find a career, or continue their education through USU-Moab’s associate of applied science in nursing. This degree prepares students for licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

“The addition of allied health and nursing programs at USU-Moab has been an important development that helps meet the need for highly skilled health care providers in our community,” USU-Moab Dean Steve Hawks said. “Our partnership with Moab Regional Hospital has been essential in our ability to offer these programs.”

“Utah State University’s presence in Grand County plays an important role in quality care that is delivered by Moab Regional Hospital,” MRH Chief Clinical Officer Vicki Gigliotti said. “USU’s program serves as an important key in terms of meeting healthcare needs in highly trained medical students, which include nursing and ancillary support services … Moab Regional Hospital has on-site clinical training which has assisted numerous local students gain clinical experience. These students gain experience, which allows a major source for staffing, which benefits and develops our community’s needs.”

USU-Moab students who are enrolled in any of the health care programs will spend time in classes at the USU-Moab campus, as well as getting more hands-on and clinical course work on-site at Moab Regional Hospital.

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