Development of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC)
Explore the history and development process of the PBC.
Addressing healthcare shortages
Physical therapists, physician assistants, and other healthcare
professionals are in high demand, but there is a critical labor shortage.
According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for physical
therapists will increase by about 30 percent in the next five years, and the
demand for physician assistants will increase 39 percent.
Northern Arizona University recognizes that it has a
responsibility to address the public need for healthcare. As a result, Northern
Arizona University and the University of Arizona ultimately worked together for
much of the past decade to leverage the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) in
service of the citizens of Arizona and the wider world.
The goal is to develop collaborative healthcare and science
programs that mimic real-world practice in hospitals, clinics, and labs.
A new foundation
In 2010, the Arizona Board of Regents approved construction of
the $136 million Health Sciences Education Building at the PBC. This provided
Northern Arizona University the opportunity to expand its allied health programs.
In the fall of 2012, Northern Arizona University opened the
physician assistant and doctor of physical therapy programs at the PBC. Twenty-five students will join the inaugural
class of the physician assistant program.
The physical therapy program admitted 24 students for fall.
Northern Arizona University is currently developing the
first occupational therapy doctoral program in the state, with the inaugural
class expected to begin in the fall of 2014.