Our Partners at CommonSpirit Health

We've partnered with CommonSpirit Health, an organization that shares our commitment towards caring for the community.


A Partnership of Care and Service

At Rio Salado College, we believe in serving the common good. Education is a rising tide that can lift all the ships in a community, which is why we aspire to help our students achieve their highest potential by offering an educational experience that’s accessible, affordable, and flexible. We’re proud to partner with CommonSpirit, a fellow nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to serving the community with empathy and high-quality medical care.

CommonSpirit is the second-largest nonprofit hospital chain in the United States, serving 21 states. CommonSpirit’s innovative and empathic care is accessible to nearly one in four U.S. residents. Employing more than 150,000 medical professionals across the country, CommonSpirit offers people who are called to the healing arts opportunities to serve their communities. In addition to providing treatment through their system of hospitals and care centers, they’re also dedicated to developing care sites that bring hospice, medication therapies, and other services to home environments.

CommonSpirit Health

Why Rio?

Rio Salado has a long and distinguished history of service to the community. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado is a pioneer in distance learning. From correspondence courses to online classes, we have more than 40 years of experience in making a high quality education accessible to students across the country. A Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredited nonprofit institution, Rio Salado College is committed to providing a learning environment that fosters a spirit of innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community. 

In collaboration with CommonSpirit, Rio Salado is offering an Unsung Heroes program to provide healthcare workers and support staff an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and develop new skills with general business, accounting, customer service, communications, and sustainable food systems classes. Rio will also offer a Spanish For Executives course that’s focused on teaching Spanish language skills applicable to healthcare settings. Rio Salado’s online classes can be taken on a 14-week or an accelerated 8-week schedule.

CommonSpirit employees who enroll at Rio Salado can enjoy a wide range of benefits to help them succeed in achieving their academic goals. Our team of Success Coaches offer personalized assistance to students, providing expert advice with regard to financial aid, enrollment, academic advisement, and in navigating the student services and resources Rio offers. 

We are able to extend a special tuition offer to students who take 11 credits or more who are out of state. Arizona residents will receive the state tuition rate. A full-time student looking to complete one of our two-year degree or certificate of completion programs can save a lot of time and money by studying at Rio Salado College. In less than two years, you can earn a credential to help you get a leg-up on your professional development or get a degree that’ll help you meet your four-year degree requirements at another institution.

In addition to our affordable tuition, Rio Salado offers year-round flexible scheduling with over 40+ start dates a year. You can take classes from the comfort of your own home through our user-friendly RioLearn online classroom. RioLearn lets you track your academic progress, stay in touch with your instructors, and set your schedule.