Judson College’s first nursing program student, Kasey Barton, center, is pictured with Judson Director of Nursing Education Kandace Shoults, right, and Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid Charlotte Clements. -- Special photo

Judson accepts first nursing student

Published 6:26pm Wednesday, December 7, 2011

By Michael J. Brooks

Special to the Times-Journal


MARION — Kasey Barton of Marion has the distinction of being the first student accepted into Judson College’s newly-inaugurated program of nursing studies.

“I’m excited about this new program and I’m ready to learn,” Barton said.

Barton, a 2009 graduate of Marion Academy, considered pre-med studies at Judson, but was drawn to the new program when it was announced last year.

“I plan to complete the five semesters and graduate with an associate’s degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in biology,” she said. “Then I want to go to the University of South Alabama and earn my master’s degree in nursing.”

Barton is the daughter of Frank and Alice Barton of Marion.

“It’s such a great program and it’s never been offered before at Judson. I’m happy to be in the first class,” Barton said.

Director of Nursing Education Kandace Shoults said it was ironic that Barton was the first student to apply and be accepted.

“Her mother and I were in nursing school together years ago,” Shoults said. “Alice changed her mind and became a teacher. Kasey has all the qualities for a good nurse: punctual, dependable, compassionate and smart. She’ll be an asset to our program and to the profession.”

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