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American Sentinel University Named National Education Provider for Catholic Health Initiatives

AURORA, Colo. – July 28, 2016 – American Sentinel University, an accredited healthcare-focused online university, has been named an approved national education provider for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), the nation’s second largest non-profit health system.

The partnership provides all employees across the CHI system operating in 18 states and comprising 103 hospitals, four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals, as well as 30 critical-access facilities, with a discounted tuition rate for American Sentinel’s online nursing and healthcare management degrees, as well as access to payments plans and communication and marketing efforts.

American Sentinel’s flexible online learning platform makes advanced education even more attainable and enables CHI’s healthcare professionals to gain knowledge and skills that immediately impact their careers. CHI’s healthcare professionals will be able to enhance the delivery of healthcare in their facilities making valuable contributions to healthcare in their communities and globally.

American Sentinel and CHI share similar visions of creating and nurturing healthy communities across the nation. They understand that advanced education plays a critical role in providing quality and affordable healthcare to everyone.

“American Sentinel is committed to advancing the standards of healthcare education and elevating the quality of practice,” says Judy Burckhardt, Ph.D., MAEd, MSN, RN, Dean, and Professor of Nursing and Healthcare Management programs at American Sentinel University. “Our online programs provide CHI healthcare professionals with expanded access to post-licensure degree programs to further healthcare excellence in their communities.”

American Sentinel students gain an advantage from American Sentinel’s online classrooms and coursework, as well as virtual simulations that create a realistic environment for more efficient and effective instruction. The use of this technology allows students to complete assignments around their busy work schedules wherever they are located and immediately apply these skills in their roles.

Students benefit from American Sentinel’s MySentinel™ Student Support services, which provide a distinctively personal one-on-one approach to online learning.

These services include new student orientation, dedicated student success advisors, tutoring, student resource center, writing center, and discussion forum to interact with peers. Students also have access to comprehensive online library services, with help from virtual librarians who are available 24-hours a day.

CHI employees can choose from American Sentinel accredited online RN to BSN nursing degree program, an RN to BSN/MSN fast-track program that enables RNs to earn their BSN and MSN degrees, an MSN program with five specializations: case management, infection prevention and control, nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing management and organizational leadership, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with two specializations in executive and educational leadership, a Master of Business Administration-Healthcare, and an infection prevention and control certificate program.

Learn more about American Sentinel University’s online nursing degree programs.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where we provide care. The nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, Englewood, Colorado-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 103 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals as well as 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; living communities; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.

In fiscal year 2015, CHI provided almost $970 million in financial assistance and community benefit – an 8% increase over the previous year — for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Financial assistance and community benefit totaled more than $1.6 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated operating revenues of $15.2 billion in fiscal year 2015, has total assets of approximately $23 billion.

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The university is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Accrediting Commission of DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.