SVC to Offer Carlow University Nursing Program

by Public Relations | Jun 22, 2018

June 22, 2018

Saint Vincent College and Carlow University jointly announced today that the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing has approved their collaborative plan to offer the Carlow University four-year, bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) program on-site at Saint Vincent College beginning in the fall of 2019.

According to Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., Ph.D., president of Saint Vincent, Carlow will be responsible for the nursing curriculum and Saint Vincent will primarily offer the non-nursing courses including those that satisfy the core curriculum.

“We look forward to a program which will take advantage of Carlow’s expertise in nursing and Saint Vincent College’s strength in the sciences and humanities as well as the business department which teaches lean principles for health care,” Br. Norman commented. “It will serve our students well and fulfill an extraordinary regional need to meet the nurse shortage.”

“Carlow University has been educating nurses since 1948,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, Ph.D., Carlow’s president. “Carlow’s nursing program teaches nurses to care for the whole person. Carlow nurses graduate ready to care for the sick and promote and maintain the highest possible levels of health and wellness.  We look forward to continuing this through this unique collaboration with Saint Vincent College.”

Qualified prospective students will be invited to apply for enrollment in fall 2019 as Saint Vincent students on campus for the first two years. While living and studying at Saint Vincent their last two years, students will be Carlow students, taught by Carlow nursing faculty, and will be awarded their BSN degree by Carlow.

Nursing students will utilize the excellent facilities of Saint Vincent College’s Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. “A new simulation laboratory will be added to support the program,” advised Dr. Stephen Jodis, dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing.

The program will also take advantage of the existing partnership between Excela Health and Saint Vincent. “Together, we have offered a Master of Science in Health Science – Nurse Anesthesia since 2006 and a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice since 2013,” Br. Norman added.

“Students who choose to study nursing at the Saint Vincent campus will be selecting a BSN program with an excellent reputation,” noted Dr. Lynn E. George, dean of the Carlow University College of Health and Wellness, adding that “Carlow’s BSN nursing program graduates have had the highest NCLEX first-time pass rate in the Pittsburgh area for the past four years with 100 percent of them finding employment or moving on to graduate school. Nurses who graduate from the BSN program at the Saint Vincent campus will be well-prepared for careers in health care systems regionally and nationally.”

Further details about the program are available by contacting the Saint Vincent College Office of Admission at 724-805-2500 or-800-782-5549 or admission@stvincent.edu.

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