A new building is expected to bring many educational options to the Ohio University Dublin campus.
Ohio University last week broken ground on the new 86,000-square-foot Dublin Integrated Education Center near two buildings the school is renovating at 7001 and 7003 Post Road.
The three-story building, expected to be completed next April, will bring new educational options in medical fields.
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine plans to launch its first medical class in July and the new Dublin Integrated Education Center will bring a physician's assistant master's degree program to town next year.
"We're hoping to start with 45 students and grow to 60," said Randy Leite, dean of OU's College of Health Sciences and Professions.
"The first two years we'll be at 45 students to make sure everything is working then expand to 60," he said.
The new program will start at the Dublin campus in May 2015 and other educational options should be offered at the new building next August, Leite said.
OU has been talking to other schools in the area and the new building that will sit on Bobcat Way, will host education for "a variety of health careers," said Pam Benoit, OU executive vice president and provost.
Leite said OU has been in talks with schools including Ohio Dominican, Otterbein and the University of Findlay's School of Pharmacy.
"The physician's assistant program will be the first of many to follow," he said.
Columbus State Community College plans to partner with OU at the Dublin campus to offer education in several medical-related fields.
Surgical technology, sterilization process, medical assisting and other fields could come to the Ohio University Dublin campus, CSCC Board of Trustees member Richard Rosen told the crowd at the groundbreaking.
"There could be many more added on," he said.
Columbus State already has a regional learning center at Shamrock Court in Dublin, but partnering with OU will allow the school to educate more people, Rosen said.
"We're thrilled to have Ohio University become our neighbor and look forward to opening day here," he said.
The Dublin Integrated Education Center will include an auditorium, library, student lounge, classrooms, labs, conference rooms and offices.
The building won approval from Dublin's Planning and Zoning Commission in January.