UNF MedNexus expands academic programs in Palm Coast

The new programs include master's degrees in nursing administration and health informatics and a Bachelor of Science path for RNs.

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The UNF MedNexus center in Town Center. Photo courtesy of Palm Coast
The UNF MedNexus center in Town Center. Photo courtesy of Palm Coast
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UNF MedNexus in Palm Coast's Town Center is adding three innovative academic programs, the University of North Florida has announced.

MedNexus is a UNF initiative that offers learning and research experiences to prepare future healthcare providers and leaders.

The new programs include:

  • Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration, a program for nurses who want to advance their administrative careers to become nurse managers, directors of nursing or chief nursing officers.  
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics. In an era where data plays a crucial role in healthcare decision-making, this program prepares students to use information technology to improve patient outcomes and streamline healthcare delivery. Jobs in this field are expected to grow by 22% in the next 10 years.
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is an online program for RNs to further their education and expand their career opportunities by earning a bachelor's degree in nursing.

"The expansion of UNF MedNexus in Palm Coast is a significant milestone for our city," Palm Coast Mayor David Alfin said in a UNF press release. "These innovative programs will not only enhance educational opportunities for our residents but also address critical workforce needs in the healthcare sector, fostering a stronger, healthier community."  

Dr. Julie Merten, associate dean of UNF MedNexus, expressed her enthusiasm for the launch of these new programs.

"We are excited to expand our academic offerings in Palm Coast and provide working professionals with the opportunity to pursue careers at the forefront of healthcare innovation,” Merten said in the press release.  "These programs reflect our commitment to preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals to address the evolving needs of our communities."   

The programs, which are designed to be flexible for students with busy schedules, include online coursework, concierge advising and internships offered in Palm Coast. Scholarships are available to offset the cost of attendance. 


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