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Expansion of Health Degrees at Institutions in Idaho

May 14, 2024 | by The Jeuns

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed its fourth cohort of student doctors to campus on Aug. 2, marking the start of the 2021-22 academic year. In a move to enhance research and expand shared health science degree programs, Idaho State University and the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine recently signed a memorandum of understanding at an event in Meridian.

According to Idaho State University’s new president, Robert Wagner, investing in the wellbeing of citizens is crucial, with both institutions leading the way in health sciences, education, and workforce development.

Together, the universities plan to expand master’s degree programs in health administration, public health, and health informatics. Idaho State Vice President for Health Sciences, Dr. Rex Force, also announced plans for a nurse anesthesia program set to launch in fall 2025, alongside a dental hygiene program in the Treasure Valley and a mental health clinic in Pocatello.

Dr. Tracy Farnsworth, President of ICOM, shared that the private medical school is gearing up to graduate its third class of medical students. The institution aims to grow through incremental adjustments in class size and introduce new academic programs over time.

Farnsworth emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships, stating that collaboration is essential in addressing Idaho’s physician shortage and expanding other healthcare workforces.

Idaho State University has seen significant growth in its health science programs over the past five years, adding nearly 700 students in various healthcare professions. The Meridian campus has doubled in size since 2016, with plans for further expansion including student housing, clinical training, and research facilities on 23 acres of undeveloped land.

Overall, the partnership between Idaho State University and the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine signifies a commitment to advancing healthcare education, research, and patient care in the region.


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