Framework is in for new Health Science Education Center

Susan EspirituOur Town Health

Roane State and its non-profit foundation hosted a ceremony on July 2, 2024, to commemorate a major milestone in the construction of the college’s new Knox Regional Health Science Education Center in West Knoxville.

The ceremony consisted of quite the dramatic series of events as many of those in attendance signed their names to the final beam the construction crews hoisted and installed for the facility’s frame as part of the event. See video of the signing and hoisting placement with arial view of structure.

Located at 9575 Sherrill Blvd., across from Parkwest Medical Center, the 130,000-square foot facility will house health science programs offered by both Roane State and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Knoxville.

Currently set to open in the fall of 2025, the Knox Regional Health Science Education Center will replace Roane State’s current Knox County Center for Health Sciences and allow both colleges to significantly expand health science courses and programs to educate more than 8,000 students.

Roane State programs to be housed in the new center include nursing, EMS, polysomnography and respiratory therapy, with the college planning to add new programs such as cardiovascular technology, healthcare administration, ultrasound and public health featuring a large multi-purpose simulation center aimed at immersing students in real-world scenarios that elevate their training.

The estimated cost for the project is $75 million. Roane State Foundation is seeking at least $7.5 million in private philanthropy to complete the project and sustain funding for the students who will attend. Interested supporters can learn more about getting involved with the fundraising effort or making a contribution at here.

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