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Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit institution of higher and professional education, located in Henderson, in the U.S. state of Nevada. TUN is a part of The Touro College and University System, which includes Manhattan-based Touro College and New York Medical College, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as Touro University, which includes both Touro University California and Touro University Nevada, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[1] Touro University Nevada is a branch campus of its sister campus Touro University California which is located in Mare Island, California.


Touro University Nevada was established to help address critical needs in health care and education, and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. A non-profit, Jewish-sponsored, private institution affiliated with an international system of higher education, the university opened its doors in 2004 with 78 medical students. Touro University Nevada is home to more than 1,300 students[2] in a wide range of degree programs in osteopathic medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, camp administration and education. Many of these programs are the first of their kind in the state of Nevada. The College of Osteopathic Medicine was Nevada's first osteopathic medical school and the state’s second medical school.[3]


The College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).[2][3] Touro University Nevada has also received accreditation from the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education, the American Physical Therapy Association's Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, and the American Occupational Therapy Association's Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.[2][4]

Academic programs

TUN has two colleges offering the following programs:

Community resources

Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Developed to address a growing community need, Touro University Nevada’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities[8] is a multi-disciplinary, one-stop source for diagnostic services, therapy and supportive resources for families dealing with autism and other developmental disorders. This team approach affords individualized treatment programs based on each child’s individual needs. The center also serves as a learning laboratory for university students across the disciplines.

Active Aging Center - Expected to break ground in Dec. 2013, this clinic will provide unique care to the local geriatric population.

Touro Health Center The university has also recently opened its first full-service patient clinic, staffed by practicing faculty members and open to the community.[9] The medical clinic provides on-site learning opportunities for students, as well as a venue for future clinical research trials. An expanded patient clinic is planned for the next phase of the university’s build-out.

Physical Therapy Clinic Recently, Touro University Nevada opened a free physical therapy clinic run by TUN physical therapy students that are supervised by licensed physical therapy faculty.[10]

Graduate medical education

Touro University Nevada is the academic sponsor of Valley Hospital’s graduate medical residency program, providing training opportunities for Touro students and post-graduate education for medical residents.[11]

The program currently includes 16 traditional internships – slots for first year trainees who will ultimately progress into other specialties; the largest single internal medicine residency program in the osteopathic medical profession (45 slots); a top-rated family medicine residency program,[12] an orthopedic surgery residency program,[13] an ophthalmology residency program,[14] the only dermatology residency program, and a neurology residency program.[15]

The university is actively working to develop similar partnerships with other hospitals in the future, to further expand in-state residency opportunities and ultimately to increase both the number and specialized expertise of Nevada physicians.


Touro University Nevada faculty specialize in a wide range of basic and applied research in fields including: autism, cardiovascular physiology, cell biology, evolutionary biology, infectious diseases, neuroscience, osteopathic manipulative medicine, oncology, regenerative medicine, and women's health.[16] Research conducted at Touro University Nevada has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Schultz Engel Purpose Trust.[17]


To accommodate future growth and focus resources on academic needs, Touro University Nevada purchased two existing, flexible shell buildings within Henderson’s Black Mountain Business Parks.[18] Touro University Nevada currently occupies the first building with classrooms and laboratories, offices, a university library, common spaces and clinics. The university will more than double its space with the next expansion of building one, adding . Building two is currently occupied by rental tenants, and holds 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) of space that the university may use for future growth.

See also


External links

  • Touro University Nevada
  • TUNlive - Official TUN Student Site
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