From Illinois Business Journal news services
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and Lake Land College have announced a new partnership toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
The nursing degree track enables community college students to rapidly achieve their baccalaureate degree from the School of Nursing. Students must have previously attended Lake Land College to complete an associate degree and the majority of the general education requirements.
“This is going to benefit students who may not have originally seen themselves going into a four-year program,” said Roberta Harrison, PhD and assistant dean of the School of Nursing. “They can complete the coursework for an associate degree at the community college level. When they transition into our online program, they can already see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
A student, who successfully completes the first two semesters of outlined BS in Nursing Partnership curriculum at Lake Land College, can enroll in the first two School of Nursing courses for their third and fourth semesters. Once a student has successfully completed the ADN program at Lake Land College and obtained licensure as a registered nurse, the student may progress through the remaining four RN to BS nursing courses through the School of Nursing online program.
In October 2010, the Institute of Medicine released its report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” detailing how nurses’ roles, responsibilities and education should change to meet the needs of an aging, increasingly diverse population and to respond to a complex, evolving healthcare system. The report recommended increasing the percentage of the Bachelor of Science prepared registered nurse workforce to 80 percent by 2020.
“Lake Land College is the second community college to work with us on a program of this nature,” said Laura Bernaix, PhD and interim dean of the School of Nursing. “This is an agreement that other community colleges in Illinois also desire, because it is a seamless, cost-effective way to help meet the demand for baccalaureate prepared nurses.”
Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said the college’s nursing program is vital to the region’s economic viability.
“Graduates of our associate degree in nursing program excel on their board exams and become valuable members or our area’s healthcare industry. Lake Land College is committed to providing additional options to enhance the training and educational level of our workforce. We are very pleased to partner with the SIUE School of Nursing to offer this online bachelor degree completion program to our students,” Bullock said.