About the Phoenix Biomedical Campus
Collaborative healthcare for NAU students earning advanced healthcare degrees
The Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) spans 30 acres in downtown Phoenix and boasts more than six million square feet of research, academic, and clinical facilities for students earning advanced degrees in medical professions.
A joint effort between Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona, the PBC is an interdisciplinary facility where students in all medical fields train side-by-side in healthcare programs.
Northern Arizona University invested in the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in order to:
- help the state of Arizona fill critical shortages of health care professionals in the workplace
- strengthen the partnership between Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona
- provide valuable resources to our students in the physician assistant and doctor of physical therapy programs
Development of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus
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, NAU 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. The inaugural Occupational Therapy doctoral class began in fall 2014, the first of its kind in the state. Athletic Training is the most recent graduate program to be added to the PBC, with its first cohort having begun in fall 2016.
An ideal setting
The Phoenix Biomedical Campus provides great opportunities for Northern Arizona University students earning degrees in healthcare professions to work with leading researchers, doctors, and faculty in a rapidly growing city where change and innovation is constant.
Our students have the opportunity to work with students from the University of Arizona, and this integrative approach will produce a collaborative environment that promotes professional growth and cutting-edge research.
Situated across 30 acres in downtown Phoenix, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus provides students with access to conduct research and clinical rotations in first-rate facilities, including:
- The Mayo Clinic, one of the top cardiovascular hospitals in the United States
- St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, named one of the top ten hospitals by U.S. News and World Report
- The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) headquarters, a six-story, 170,000 square foot laboratory and research facility that focuses on genetic investigation
- The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders
- The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, which allows students to complete their training in Phoenix-based hospitals
- The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy-Phoenix, which offers MS, PhD, pre-pharmacy, and PharmD degrees
- VisionGate, which is committed to the early detection of lung cancer and will establish and operate a research lab within the TGen and IGC facility