NIPA, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Chamberlain University hold virtual signing ceremony

June 17, 2020 3:41 am

~Institutions sign scope of service agreement for NIPA Nursing Program~

CAY HILL, Sint Maarten— Now, more than ever, the world has been forced to wake up to the significance of healthcare workers. To address the need for more nurses locally, regionally and globally , The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) is continuing its partnership with American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and Chamberlain University, the largest nursing school in the United States. On June 15, the institutions came together to celebrate the signing of a scope of service (SOS) agreement by way of a virtual ceremony. The entire signing was held virtually and live-streamed on the NIPA Facebook Page and TV 15.

The three entities previously signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in November 2019. This would see AUC and Chamberlain University partner with NIPA to develop the ADN – Associates Degree in Nursing program in Sint Maarten, and with that solidifying the NIPA School of Nursing. The  scope of service agreement is the culmination of the previously signed MOU.

The signing of the SOS will also ensure the release of the curriculum, the lesson plans and course outlines which are standard requirements for the Chamberlain University Associates Degree in Nursing program. The release of the curriculum will set the framework for what persons will need when applying to the NIPA School of Nursing in January 2021.

“The NIPA Supervisory Board of Directors are very pleased that despite the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the entire world that AUC and Chamberlain University saw it fit to continue to work on the SOS agreement signing on June 15. We recognise, as a Supervisory Board of Directors, there needs to be a boost in the public health entities on Sint Maarten as well as in the region in order for us to address continuous public health threats on a global scale. There is no other way to achieve that outside of properly equipping our people to take on these jobs. Chamberlain University has rightfully positioned itself as the key provider in this, as it has given us the curriculum in Nursing. We went with Chamberlain University to make it easier for those graduating from NIPA with an Associates Degree in Nursing to matriculate to a Bachelors in Nursing degree at Chamberlain or any other accredited institution of choice. Now that we have signed, we will be able to publicise the cost as well as the requirements for the Nursing Program as early as July.” said Chairlady of the Supervisory Board of Directors, Drs. Peggy-Ann Dros.

Persons are strongly encouraged to follow our official NIPA Facebook page for information on admission requirements, tuition costs and other aspects of the Associates Degree in Nursing.

“As the current global health situation continues to unfold, the continued shortage and need for nurses has never been greater and there must be greater access provided for new healthcare professionals to fill this void,” said Carla D. Sanderson, Ph.D., RN, Provost, Chamberlain University. “The preparation of highly qualified healthcare professionals is critically important at this time, and we are pleased to be able to partner with our Adtalem colleagues at AUC and NIPA for this unique opportunity to have a transformative impact on the health of the people in Sint Maarten.”

“AUC has a longstanding commitment to improving the health and well-being of the Sint Maarten community,” said Heidi Chumley, M.D., Provost of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. “Skilled nursing is a critical part of any healthcare workforce and this program will have a profound and long-lasting impact on the people of Sint Maarten and the broader Caribbean region. We value our partnership with NIPA and Chamberlain University and look forward to lending our support to this historic nursing program.”

Present were Drs. Dros, and Mr. Denicio Richardson, of the Supervisory board of directors, along with other members of the NIPA Management, Sergio Blomont and Damali Bryson. Representing AUC was Provost, Dr. Heidi Chumley. Attending on behalf of Chamberlain University was Provost, Dr. Carla Sanderson.

About NIPA

The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) offers advanced vocational education for students who want to further their education after secondary schools and adults already in the workforce. Our programs are tailored to the needs and interests of the labour market and the wider St. Maarten community. NIPA is the only government-recognized institute for advanced vocational and technical education in St. Maarten.

About American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC School of Medicine) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. AUC School of Medicine’s mission is to train tomorrow’s physicians, whose service to their communities and their patients is enhanced by international learning experiences, a diverse learning community, and an emphasis on social accountability and engagement. Founded in 1978, AUC School of Medicine has more than 7,000 graduates, many of whom work in primary care or underserved areas. Dedicated to developing physicians with a lifelong commitment to patient-centered care, AUC School of Medicine embraces collaboration, inclusion and community service. With campuses in Sint Maarten and the United Kingdom, affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and the U.K. and internationally recognized faculty, AUC School of Medicine has a diverse medical education program for today’s globally minded physician. For more information visit, follow AUC School of Medicine on Twitter (@aucmed), Instagram (@aucmed_edu) and Facebook (@aucmed).

About Chamberlain University
Chamberlain University is a part of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Chamberlain University’s mission is to educate, empower and embolden diverse health care professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. Chamberlain University is comprised of the College of Nursing, which offers a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible post-licensure programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and graduate certificates, and the College of Health Professions, which offers Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degree programs. Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For the most updated accreditation information, visit To learn more, visit

About Adtalem Global Education Incorporated

Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading workforce solutions provider and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, OnCourse Learning, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter (@adtalemglobal) and LinkedIn.