Over the last year, a feather in Clearwater’s cap has been the groundbreaking and continuing construction of Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Tampa Bay Regional Campus at the foot of the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
The 27-acre, 325,000 square foot facility was made possible by a $50 million donation by Dr. Kiran C. Patel, who along with his wife, Dr. Pallavi Patel, who operate the Patel Family Foundation. The Patels also donated the property the facility will sit on at 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., which is worth an estimated $150 million in real estate. The facility will be comprised of classrooms, faculty offices, a dining hall and other amenities. A new parking garage connected to the back of the main building will handle parking for 1,300 vehicles.
The donation to NSU will make the new Clearwater campus as a satellite campus for the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, which are based at NSU’s main campus in Davie.
In addition, the campus will serve as a site for NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and will train traditional medical doctors as well. NSU already has campuses in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale and includes optometry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, nursing, medical and osteopathic doctor degree programs. According to NSU, 150 osteopathic students are expected at the new campus when it opens its doors in August. The new campus will serve as an additional site for the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. The campus also will train traditional medical doctors.
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