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American Sentinel University Named National Education Provider for Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center

– Partnership Provides Gerald Chapman Regional Medical Center Employees with Accessible, High-quality Academic Programs Across Healthcare-related Disciplines –

AURORA, Colo. – July 22, 2016 – American Sentinel University, an accredited healthcare-focused online university, has been named an approved national education provider for Gerald Chapman Regional Medical Center (GCRMC) in Alamogordo, N.M.

The education partnership supports the mission of both organizations to expand the delivery of accessible and high-quality healthcare throughout rural areas of New Mexico. It provides all GCRMC employees with a discounted tuition rate for American Sentinel’s online nursing and healthcare management degree programs. And, as a military-friendly university, American Sentinel offers an extensive list of military tuition and benefits. TA and VA benefits, military scholarships, federal student aid and other tuition reimbursement programs are available for active and non-active military students and their spouses, as well as veterans.

American Sentinel’s flexible online learning platform makes advanced education even more attainable and enables GCRMC healthcare professionals to gain knowledge and skills that immediately impact their career to enhance the delivery of healthcare at GCRMC.

“We are proud to partner with Gerald Chapman Regional Medical Center. They face the same public health issues as larger urban facilities but are challenged to bring a level of specialty support that is not commonly found in rural New Mexico. The partnership provides opportunities to GCRMC employees to advance their education,” says Judy Burckhardt, Ph.D., MAEd, MSN, RN, Dean, and Professor of Nursing and Healthcare Management programs at American Sentinel University. “Our innovative approach to nursing education provides GCRMC with the capability to advance their workforce. We are pleased that they chose American Sentinel to provide their employees with advanced educational programs and specialized training to meet the needs of their patients and make valuable contributions to healthcare.”

“GCRMC is committed to supporting the development of our employees, including their goals to advance their education. We believe that this focus improves the knowledge of our workforce, their engagement in personal development, and ultimately, improves the quality of care delivered to our community.” Says Robert Middleton, VP Patient Care Services/CNO at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center.

GCRMC’s employees gain an advantage from American Sentinel’s online classrooms and coursework as well as its virtual simulations that create a realistic environment for more efficient and effective instruction. The use of this technology and the online format allow nurses to complete assignments around their busy work schedules wherever they are located and immediately apply these skills in their jobs at GCRMC.

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.

GCRMC’s 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.

About Gerald Chapman Regional Medical Center

Founded in 1949, Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center is one of two independent, not-for-profit, sole community hospitals in New Mexico. GCRMC serves the state’s third largest county, Otero County, and its nearly 66,000 residents providing comprehensive health care services close to home. Today the 99 bed facility and its dedicated staff of nearly a thousand people provide a full range of services including acute surgical and medical inpatient care, OB/GYN services, Interventional Cardiology services, Inpatient Rehabilitative Care, and Behavioral Medicine.

Gerald Champion enjoys close relationships with Holloman Air Force base, University of New Mexico (Teleneurology, general surgery third year residency site rotation), and Hospitals of Providence, El Paso in clinical integration efforts to provide ever more increasingly high tech services to our community.  For more information about Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, please contact Lillie Lewis, Marketing Director at or by phone at 575-443-7850.

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.