NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– Lawrence County’s largest employer, UPMC Jameson, has partnered with Westminster College to create a new undergraduate nursing curriculum that launches in the fall of 2017. WC’s School of Nursing will collaborate with UPMC’s Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in New Castle. The new nursing program will lead to both a nursing diploma and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree in the new four-year program.
“The bachelor’s degree in nursing is now considered the gold standard for entry into nursing practice within healthcare,” said Tricia Ryan, newly appointed School of Nursing director at Westminster.
First-year students will take pre-nursing and liberal arts courses at Westminster and then move to UPMC Jameson’s School of Nursing. For years two and three, students will follow the UPMC Jameson program while earning credits at Westminster toward the BSN degree. At the completion of the UPMC Jameson program, students will test for the licensing examination for registered nurse (RN). During the fourth year students will complete higher level nursing courses at Westminster to earn the BSN.
“During their time at UPMC Jameson School of Nursing, students will have rare opportunities to study and gain practical experience in telemedicine, behavioral health, obstetrics, pediatrics and Amish health customs and practices, in addition to rural medicine,” said Linda Kmetz, Ph.D., executive director of UPMC Schools of Nursing and director of UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing.
Other highlights of the partnership include opportunities for students to study Spanish medical language; a nursing licensure exam pass rate of current UPMC Jameson students that is consistently above the national average; a strong pipeline to nursing positions in home care, primary care offices, in case management and in traditional settings at UPMC’s community hospitals including Horizon, Hamot and Jameson; and opportunities to experience global health through Westminster’s mission programs in the Dominican Republic.