Written By Gregory Fischbach

October 03, 2023
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HPU will welcome students to its Las Vegas campus in August 2024

HPU will welcome students to its Las Vegas campus in August 2024.

HPU is expanding beyond the Hawaiian Islands for the first time in University history by launching a Las Vegas campus. HPU will welcome students in August 2024. The University received the Nevada state licensure for their innovative Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs in August 2023. Both doctoral programs are completed in 24 months and delivered in a hybrid format that allows students to live anywhere in the country and attend lab immersions at the HPU Las Vegas campus.  

“HPU is proud to announce this groundbreaking expansion beyond the Hawaiian Islands with the launch of our Las Vegas campus. It’s a testament to our nimble approach and commitment to innovation and our mission and values of aloha, pono, and kuleana,” HPU President John Gotanda said. “We appreciate the important ties and relationships we share with our ‘ohana in Las Vegas. This historic venture reflects our dedication to strengthening these connections. We’re eager to welcome our inaugural class in August 2024 and embark on this journey together to becoming a global university.”

The HPU Las Vegas campus is located in Southwestern Las Vegas, a 20-minute drive from Harry Reid International Airport. The campus offers ample parking in a comfortable, secure location, surrounded by numerous retail, hotel, and dining amenities. Students can benefit from the presence of dedicated HPU faculty and staff on-site. 

HPU OTD Program Director, Robyn Otty, OTD, has a distinguished tenure of over 20 years in Las Vegas. She highlights Nevada's position as the highest-paid state in the U.S. for OTD professionals, positioning HPU Las Vegas as an exceptional choice for aspiring students. Otty expressed enthusiasm for the career opportunities that await graduates as they embark on high-demand, community-based practice positions after completing their OTD education. 

The new healthcare programs on the Las Vegas campus are housed in HPU’s new Graduate College of Health Sciences that includes hybrid, accelerated DPT and OTD programs located on HPU’s main Honolulu campus at Waterfront Plaza, as well as a hybrid Physician Assistant program that will launch in 2025, also located in Honolulu. 

“HPU's expansion to Las Vegas marks an exciting step in addressing the critical need for skilled healthcare professionals, particularly in the occupational and physical therapy professions,” HPU Dean of the Graduate College of Health Sciences Tricia Catalino, D.Sc, said. “HPU's presence in Las Vegas places us at the forefront of hybrid doctoral programs that will educate future healthcare professionals across the state. Our innovative approach to healthcare education will facilitate mentorship, comprehensive training, and valuable field work and clinical education opportunities.

“These unique offerings are meticulously designed to equip students with the necessary skills and expertise to become exceptionally qualified healthcare practitioners. HPU is set to make an even greater impact on the healthcare landscape, enhancing the quality of healthcare and contributing to the wellbeing of communities, not only in Las Vegas, but throughout the nation.”

The HPU OTD program in Las Vegas is accepting applications now for its inaugural cohort. Classes will begin in August 2024. To learn more, click here

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