November 29th, 2010
Through a collaboration with Samuel Merritt University, Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California has announced that it will offer a nursing program, the Mercury News reports.
Notre Dame has been attempting to offer nursing degrees to prospective students for some time now, but was hesitant to do so due to the cost of building a program from scratch.
Students who enroll in the program will be required to take two years of foundation course work in the liberal arts and sciences. In the spring of 2012, a number of these same individuals will transfer to Samuel Merritt for two more years of the training that is needed to obtain a nursing degree.
Officials behind the program believe the partnership will expose students to different communities, and immerse them in a number of nursing practices, scenarios and issues.
Judith Greig, Notre Dame president, believes this will be a “wonderful opportunity” for students with an interest in a career in nursing. In addition, she feels the program will provide a “quality liberal arts and pre-professional academic experience as well as a grounding in community service and social justice.”
Another catalyst for Notre Dame’s program is the increased interest in healthcare professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent over the next eight years.
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