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Updated: March 22, 2021

Post Univ. acquires Colorado healthcare college

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Waterbury-based Post University has finalized its acquisition of American Sentinel University, a merger aimed at expanding course offerings to those who want to work in the healthcare industry.

The deal, initially announced in February, was finalized on Monday.

The latter will now be known as American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Post University in Connecticut. 

The transaction also includes a related entity, Sentinel U, which licenses simulated healthcare educational experiences to other colleges, universities and healthcare institutions. 

Post officials declined to disclose the financial terms of the acquisition.

Post University CEO and President John L. Hopkins called the acquisition a “great strategic fit for Post.” 

According to Hopkins, Post’s leadership has always wanted a nursing and health sciences college within the Post umbrella.

“It catapults us into the high demand nursing and healthcare vertical,” Hopkins said in an announcement. “I’m ecstatic about our future possibilities given the combined talents and resources of the merged entity.” 

According to Post University, healthcare professionals have long been in high-demand, and the pandemic has only increased this trend.

Mary Adams, executive vice president of the Denver-based American Sentinel, said she is “excited for the future.” The merger, according to Adams, will mean expanded opportunities, along with providing American Sentinel with “enhanced support, expertise and resources.” 

American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing and healthcare management. Post University offers a variety of degree programs to students who wish to pursue education both in-person and online.

American Sentinel College will no longer be an independent institution. Its programs, faculty, administrators, and staff will become part of Post University.

The merger recently received all required regulatory approvals, including from nursing accreditation boards, including the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Accreditation Commission for Education Nursing, as well as from the Connecticut Office of Higher Education and the New England Commission on Higher Education.

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