Plans to Offer Nursing Program Unveiled
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Lee University will seek state approval to begin a nursing
program, it was announced Wednesday by Lee President Dr. Paul
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
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.