The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing has announced a new partnership with Greenville College.
The agreement is a nursing program partnership to facilitate select students to complete an accelerated, three-year bachelor’s in biology from GC followed by an accelerated bachelor’s in nursing from SIUE.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the SIUE School of Nursing to partner with a neighboring college to offer a high quality nursing program to students experienced in an accelerated learning environment,” said Dr. Roberta Harrison, assistant dean of the SIUE School of Nursing. “While Greenville College does not have a nursing program, many of their students chose Greenville, because they seek a small college environment for undergrad, but many also have interest in nursing.”
GC students, who want to pursue nursing, can earn a bachelor’s in biology through their accelerated program in three years, followed by 15 months to achieve an accelerated BS in nursing at SIUE. They can complete both degrees in 4-1/2 years.
“These are highly motivated students seeking a nursing career,” Harrison said. “It’s a natural fit to partner with a neighboring college. SIUE has a high-quality program, access to all the great clinical sites and more than 50 years providing nursing education. It’s another way we can help increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses entering the workforce.”
Students taking advantage of this partnership will begin the accelerated bachelor’s program in fall 2017.
“We are excited about this opportunity,” said Dr. Edwin Estevez, GC provost and COO. “This partnership signifies the hard work by many within our great institutions. As we continue to expand our heritage and extend our reach, our commitment to providing excellent educational experiences and programs will better facilitate our students to influence the world.”