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Galen College of Nursing announces major system-wide campus expansions

Louisville, Ky.– September 8, 2005 — Galen College of Nursing is opening a new state-of-the-art nursing campus at the City View Center Building, 1031 Zorn Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. The building is owned by Arnold, Dugan & Meyers, LLC of Louisville, Kentucky.

Galen College of Nursing has leased 23,000 square feet on the third and fourth floors of the City View Center. The building will be renamed the Galen Center.

The new East Campus will be an addition to Galen College’s Downtown Campus at 612 South Fourth Street. The investment and additional space became necessary when Galen College added an RN Associate Degree in Nursing program this past spring.

The addition of the Zorn Avenue campus will double Galen College’s current square footage in Louisville, to over 37,000 square feet, and will help create capacity for additional students.

The new East Campus will include wireless internet access throughout the campus, a state-of-the-art science laboratory, a nursing skills laboratory, five classrooms, a library, and office space for faculty and administration. These features will allow Galen College to offer all of the general education prerequisite courses that most nursing colleges require prior to admission into their nursing programs.

“The new space will help us to achieve a vibrant learning environment — a campus of choice that will attract and serve outstanding nursing students and nursing faculty,” said Dr. Marjorie Perrin, Dean.

“This investment is the catalyst which will enable the College’s continued development and further our goal of preparing students to help address the nursing shortage in Greater Louisville’s healthcare community.” said Mark Vogt, President and Chief Executive Officer, “Our investment in the new Zorn Avenue campus, and additional investment in new and enlarged campus facilities in Tampa, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas, exemplifies our commitment to providing excellence in nursing education.”

Classes at the new Galen Center in Louisville, Kentucky, are scheduled to begin in October 2005.

Galen College has been working with Swope Design Group and Voelker Winn Architects in Louisville, Kentucky, to design and plan the new campus. Construction has already begun and room for future growth is included in the expansion plans. Vogt said the new campus will be designed with maximum flexibility to allow for anticipated new faculty and related support staff, as additional academic program plans unfold over the next several years.

Galen’s campus in San Antonio, Texas moved to a new location on June 1, 2005. The new and expanded space was required to accommodate growing enrollment and planned new program offerings. The new campus site is located in the Brownwood Building at 4440 Piedras Drive South in the Centerview Crossing Business Park. Within the 16,000-square-foot facility are classrooms, skills labs, a computer lab, and library. The new space was designed by Drewery-Martin Architects of San Antonio, Texas.

Galen’s Tampa campus is currently expanding to accommodate growing enrollment and new programs. The expansion will add 10,000 square feet to the current 12,000-square-foot campus. The new space will include a state-of-the-art science lab, additional classrooms, and administrative space.

About Galen College of Nursing

Galen College of Nursing is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, and operates campuses in Louisville, Kentucky; San Antonio, Texas; and, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida. Founded in 1990, Galen has graduated over 3,000 practical/vocational nurses.

Galen’s curriculum is reviewed and developed under the oversight of a National Nursing Advisory Board composed of nursing and education professionals from throughout the United States. The Board meets regularly to assess the outcomes of Galen’s programs, to ensure that the educational needs of students are met and that curriculums are current with the evolving requirements of the healthcare industry.

On the most recent National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (“NCLEXPN ®”) administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Galen College’s Louisville LPN students achieved a 96% first-time pass rate compared to the national average of 89.4%. The NCLEX-PN® examination is designed to test knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. The NCLEX® examination results are an important component used by boards of nursing to make decisions about licensure.

Galen is recognized by the United States Department of Education to offer its students federal aid to help fund their tuition and other educational costs. Each state’s respective nursing and education boards also regulate and advise Galen College of Nursing.

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