USF opens new site in Albuquerque

The University of St. Francis (USF) will dedicate its new Albuquerque facilities at an event on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

USF first began serving the Albuquerque area in 2000, drawing students nationwide to its master of science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The master’s program in Family Nurse Practitioner also began at that time. USF-Albuquerque serves more than 100 students at the site, the number of which is expected to grow with the new facilities, according to USF President Arvid C. Johnson.

“The University of St. Francis is pleased that this new facility will better serve our students as they prepare to provide high-quality health care in the Albuquerque region and across the country,” said Johnson.

USF opened classes in August at its new state-of-the-art learning facilities at 1500 Renaissance NW in Albuquerque. The new facilities include classrooms; a clinical lab with connected private exam rooms; simulation lab; anatomy lab; library/computer center; student gathering spaces; collaborative study space; offices; and conference room.

The dedication and open house will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the new site. The Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe will give a blessing. For more information or to RSVP to attend the event, call (815) 740-5045 or e-mail

An information session on USF programs offered at Albuquerque and online will be the next day, Thursday, Nov. 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the site. Counselors will be available to answer questions about programs offered by USF for adult learners. USF programs for adults focus learning experiences that can be applied to the workplace.

Adult students at USF can expect personal attention by counselors who will help students create an education plan that leads to successful degree completion and supports their career goals, said Chuck Beutel, vice president of Admissions and Enrollment Services.

USF is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., 12000 Findley Road, Suite 240, Duluth, GA 30097; (770) 476-1224; Fax (770) 476-1738 and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. USF has been accredited since 1938 by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440; (312) 263-0456; Fax: (312) 263-7462.

The University of St. Francis, founded in 1920, is based in Joliet, Ill. and has 46,000 alumni throughout the country. USF serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and sciences, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit

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