Plans to Offer Nursing Program Unveiled

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Alumni Hero

Lee University will seek state approval to begin a nursing program, it was announced Wednesday by Lee President Dr. Paul Conn.

The program will offer a four-year degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).  The target date for beginning the program is fall semester, 2014.

"We have many steps to take and much work to do before this becomes a reality," said Conn. "This degree will of course require approval from various professional boards and agencies, but we are confident that we can bring the same level of excellence to a nursing program that has become the hallmark of our other degree programs."

The nursing startup will be directed by Dr. Carolyn Dirksen, Lee's chief academic officer and chair of the task force authorized to take the steps necessary to accomplish this new goal.    

The decision follows a positive recommendation from a feasibility committee also led by Dirksen, which has worked with a nursing education consultant and met with leaders in nursing education in this region. The Lee University Board of Directors heard a presentation from Conn and authorized him to move forward.  

As a first step in the process, Dirksen has begun a national search for a Director of Nursing who will be hired within the next few months and will direct the steps of the approval process, as well as begin recruiting potential nursing faculty.  

Updates on this process are forthcoming.