Sudro Hall’s expansion is about making sure students are prepared for the next level of rapid change in health care. It’s also about serving North Dakota and the larger region.
We’ve experienced a 208 percent overall growth in enrollment in the College of Health Professions since 1995. We are working to meet the growing need for health care professionals. The North Dakota Legislature and State Board of Higher Education approved this privately-funded addition to Sudro Hall in 2017.
Ongoing shortages of health professionals limit access to quality care. There are more than 4,000 RN job openings and more than 1,300 LPN openings projected through 2024 in North Dakota, according to a nursing workforce research report with data from the ND Labor Market Information Center Employment, Education and Training Projections.
Other disciplines such as pharmacy and public health are filling additional roles to collaborate with communities to target issues such as opioid misuse, and challenges such as diabetes and obesity.
Aging populations in rural and urban areas will additionally require health care professionals to provide expertise and care.
The commitment to expand Sudro Hall will assist in educating professionals to meet these needs, as well as supply state-of-the-art research facilities to help find cures for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.