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Pathway to Nursing program brings nursing to Ok-State

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The Manhattan space is a “registered nurse desert” as a result of there isn’t a nursing faculty close by, stated Laura Sooby, assistant director of undergraduate applications at Wichita State College College of Nursing. This can be a want that the Ok-State and Wichita State Pathway to Nursing program seeks to fill.

This system was developed beneath Ok-State’s Faculty of Well being and Human Sciences and is a partnership with Wichita State College, Sherry Pogranichniy, dean of well being and human sciences stated. College students on this program will graduate with two majors, one from Ok-State and one from Wichita State, Pogranichniy stated.

“It is a little bit completely different as a result of usually if somebody simply needs to do a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, they’ll do two years of conditions and two years of precise nursing courses and scientific experiences,” Pogranichniy stated. “This program, they really must don’t solely the nursing conditions, but additionally one other main and that is going to be their Ok-State main. So the nursing is not a Ok-State main, Wichita State really provides the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or the BSN program.”

Pogranichniy stated this system often takes not less than a 12 months longer than conventional majors, however this will depend on the quantity of twin credit score college students carry into school and the Ok-State main they select.

College students within the Pathway to Nursing program usually spend their first three years on their Ok-State bachelor’s diploma, then spend their final two years in WSU’s nursing program.

“We’re not likely ending the bachelor’s diploma in three years,” Pogranichniy stated. “We’re utilizing nursing courses to complete it. So the nursing courses will switch again to Kansas State as electives of their unique main that they began with and they might graduate with each levels on the similar time.”

Some Ok-State majors work higher than others at the side of this system, Pogranichniy stated.

“If a serious has a whole lot of electives, it really works higher as a result of we will use extra nursing courses in that 120 credit that we often must get a bachelor’s diploma at Ok-State,” Pogranichniy stated. “If a serious has fewer electives … it has extra required programs. So it’d take a full 4 years to complete the necessities after which two extra years to do nursing.”

Pogranichniy stated majors that work properly with the nursing program embrace: well being and vitamin, human improvement and household sciences, integrative human sciences, kinesiology, life sciences, psychology, sociology and presumably anthropology.

Sooby stated the double main program will assist college students of their future careers.

“It is a very distinctive mannequin, and is particularly useful for these rural communities or these individuals who will follow in them, as a result of it will provide the scholars an opportunity to have a separate specialty or a separate perspective {that a} single bachelor’s diploma wouldn’t provide them,” Sooby stated. “So they may have an accounting or kinesiology or dietetics background and that may assist inform their follow as an RN.”

The primary six college students started nursing courses within the fall 2022 semester and one other class of nurses have been admitted for the spring semester.

Sooby stated although the school within the nursing program are WSU school and have yellow and black identify tags, they reside in Manhattan.

Pogranichniy stated one of many issues she likes about this system is it permits college students to remain at Ok-State for nursing faculty, as nursing college students will do scientific or practicum in Manhattan and surrounding communities.

Audrey Mellick, freshman in public well being and pre-nursing, stated she is contemplating staying at Ok-State for nursing faculty.

“I simply completely love Ok-State and I wish to keep someplace that has a terrific alternative,” Mellick stated.

Pogranichniy stated college students who’re focused on this system can e-mail her immediately at sherrypo@ksu.edu to get data. Highschool college students who’ve chosen pre-nursing will routinely get an appointment with Pogranichniy in the event that they go to Ok-State.

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