Judson offers new nursing program

Published 11:01pm Tuesday, October 12, 2010

After decades of educating students in pre-professional programs, Judson College will offer an associate’s degree in nursing for the first time.

The Board of Trustees made the decision after recommendations from the faculty and administration.

“I’m very, very excited about this,” said Trustee Chair Charles Dunkin of Birmingham. “The board has talked about this seriously for two years or more. There’s a real shortage of nurses in the country and the nursing program here fits like a glove. It’s a natural outgrowth of our science program and it gives Judson another opportunity to serve the community.”

The college anticipates adding new courses and faculty in the spring semester in order to offer classes in the fall of 2011, pending approval of accreditors.

The college first considered a nursing degree program in the early 1970s and has revisited the issue several times.

“Nursing is the most sought after major by prospective students that Judson heretofore did not offer,” said Vice President for Admissions Charlotte Clements. “We believe it’s an opportune time to proceed with a quality program.”

Judson President Dr. David Potts noted there are more than two dozen other institutions in the state those offers nursing studies, but many qualified applicants are rejected due to enrollment limits. Some reports are that up to 140,000 students were turned away from nursing programs in the U.S. last year.

Potts noted that the nursing studies program at Judson will offer a number of advantages over programs in other schools.

“We’re a Christian college and the school has always been solid in science and in pre-professional programs in allied health professions,” he said. “We’ve had remarkable success with our pre-med students. Eighty-four percent of our classes are taught by doctoral level, well-credentialed professors. Judson always receives good marks in faculty-student engagement and has a reputation for providing a strong undergraduate experience.”

The Judson program will be taught in the Charlotte G. Lowder Science and the James I. Harrison Center for Academic Excellence in Jewett Hall.

“These new facilities have state-of-the art classrooms and equipment and will be a stellar asset to the faculty and students in the program,” Potts said.

According to school officials, placement of a nursing school in Perry County would bring healthcare professionals to the area and enable broader spectrums of outreach to children, working adults and seniors.

For more information, visit the Judson website, www.judson.edu or call the office of admissions at 1-800-447-9472.

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