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PITTSBURGH – Westminster College has teamed up with UPMC to launch a new nursing program designed for students to receive an BSN in four-years.   The major starts in the fall of 2017.

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WCN247 reporter, Dan Swank, UPMC headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh to speak with Sandy Raider, a UPMC Vice President Sandy Raider about her strong ties to Westminster College and why this nursing program will give Westminster grads the chance to chase their passion for healthcare.

“I attended Westminster for a year and at the end of that year, I knew I wanted to go into Nursing but I couldn’t stay at Westminster because there wasn’t a nursing program.”

After realizing this, Sandy transferred to Jameson School of Nursing where she roomed with her twin sister en route to finishing her schooling.

“Jameson and Westminster coming together to offer a Bachelor’s Prepared Program for Nurses is very exciting.”

After her time at Jameson, Sandy Rader embarked on a journey that would help her gain the necessary credentials for a successful career in her field. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University, her Master of Science and Administration Degree from The University of Notre Dame, and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University.

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Sandy pursued Nursing so diligently because of her drive to help others and make a difference. She spoke strongly on how the partnership will affect the communities near the college.

“This partnership is an incredible investment into the New Castle community and the New Wilmington community and the surrounding region.

The new nursing program, set to begin in fall of 2017, will lead to both a nursing diploma and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree in the new four-year program. First-year students will take pre-nursing and liberal arts courses at Westminster and then move to UPMC Jameson’s School of Nursing for their second and third years. At the completion of the UPMC Jameson program, students will test for the licensing examination in order to become registered nurses (RN). During the fourth year students will complete higher level nursing courses at Westminster to earn the BSN.

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