Originally called the Nevada College of Pharmacy, Roseman University of Health Sciences began with the idea from founder Dr. Harry Rosenberg that pharmacy education should and could be better, more effective, and capable of producing highly competent graduates, who would be sought after by employers regardless of the job market. His belief in this idea was so strong that he moved from California to Nevada in August 1999, and with $15,000 (one‐third of which was his own), rented a 900 square foot office in
the Painter’s Union Building on Whitney Mesa Avenue in Henderson to begin the Nevada College of Pharmacy (NCP), which would become one of the most innovative, creative, and cost‐effective Colleges of Pharmacy in the nation.
It was a bold move. There hadn’t been a new college of pharmacy started in over 50 years that was not part of an existing institution. Many doubted that it would even be possible, and with good reason. There were a lot of obstacles for such a project—financing, obtaining IRS non-profit status, incorporating, finding adequate facilities, gaining accreditation from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, obtaining licensure from the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education, and much more. To assist in this endeavor, Dr. Rosenberg enlisted the support of the Nevada pharmacy community, contacting leaders in pharmacy organizations such as chain pharmacy managers, hospital pharmacy directors, pharmacists leading home health companies, and the Nevada State
Board of Pharmacy. These individuals became the nucleus of the eventual Nevada College of Pharmacy Board of Trustees, and they are still valued members of the Board today.
With the help, support, and advice of these caring leaders in the pharmacy community, the Nevada College of Pharmacy began to take shape. A curriculum was developed (which
is still in use today) that emphasizes a student‐centered, active learning environment where students participate in experiential education from the very beginning of the program.
Rather than semesters or quarters, the curriculum is organized into blocks so students take only one course at a time, and study in class from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday
through Friday. The single course schedule helps students focus on each individual topic, and also allows them to actively participate in the learning process by incorporating
of a variety of hands‐on activities in addition to the traditional lecture format. These early pharmacy practice experiences enhance and support the didactic curriculum by allowing students to see, feel, and understand what is presented in the classroom in a real‐life pharmacy setting. After restructuring the curriculum into the block format, Dr. Rosenberg realized it could be accomplished in three years, rather than the traditional four, making the Nevada College of Pharmacy one of the most affordable private Colleges of Pharmacy in the nation.
The inaugural class of 38 students entered the Nevada College of Pharmacy in January 2001. Almost immediately, the NCP began a rapid phase of growth when its reputation for quality education started to spread. The second class began in Fall 2001 and was more
than double the size of the first (80 students). The College had to hire new faculty and staff, rent additional office space for a temporary library, and find additional classroom
space to meet the rapidly growing demand.
Just one year after it began, the NCP rented a 30,000 square foot facility, more than 30 times larger than the original space, to accommodate the rapid growth, and less than three years after it opened, the NCP moved again to a 100,000 square foot facility in Henderson, where it is today. But the growth did not stop there — in 2004, the Board of Trustees approved changing the name of the institution to the University of Southern Nevada (USN) to reflect the intent to expand degree offerings beyond the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. That year a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program was developed, and the first MBA class started in fall 2005. The MBA program also gave pharmacy students the option of adding an MBA to their Doctor of Pharmacy program, preparing them for future jobs in pharmacy administration, and providing an advantage over other job seekers when they graduate. The MBA program is accredited by International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
In 2006 the College of Pharmacy extended its PharmD program to a brand new campus in South Jordan, Utah. The new College of Nursing developed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, which began at the Nevada campus in April 2006 and at the Utah campus in January 2010. The Nursing Program received its license to offer the BSN
program from the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education. It has also received Full Approval from the Nevada State Board of Nursing, and is accredited by the National
League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).
Roseman applied for accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and became fully accredited in September 2008.
The development of a College of Dental Medicine (CDM) was approved by the Roseman Board of Trustees in August 2007. In September 2007 the CDM’s inaugural postdoctoral dental program, a combined Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/ Master of Business Administration (AEODO/MBA) Residency Program, received its license from the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education and was recognized by the NWCCU in the Roseman accreditation process, which was happening at the same time the CDM was being developed. In January 2009, the Commission
on Dental Accreditation granted initial accreditation to the CDM’s AEODO/MBA Residency Program and the following month the CDM enrolled nine Residents in the
inaugural Class of 2011. The CDM was expanded to the South Jordan campus with development of a four-year Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. The first class of students was enrolled in August 2011.
Today, Roseman has four colleges (Pharmacy, Nursing, Dental Medicine, and MBA), and close to 1,000 students. As Roseman continues to grow, it remains true to the vision
and ideals of Dr. Rosenberg by providing the highest quality education with innovative and effective instruction, and graduating competent professionals in healthcare and business fields.
Early in 2011, the Board of Trustees approved to change the University’s name to Roseman University of Health Sciences, effective July 1, 2011.