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Colleges Collaborate on New Nursing Facility in Missouri

Posted on Friday 22nd March 2013 | Medical

Lindenwood University and St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, Missouri reached an agreement to launch a new LU/SCC Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

Lindenwood will offer post-associate degree coursework in nursing for students who already have a two-year nursing degree. SCC will move its entire associate degree nursing programs to the site, as well as its Licensed Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Health Information Technology and Health Occupational programs. SCC will lease approximately 26,000 square feet of the building’s space under terms of the agreement.

 “This is a unique public-private arrangement that could be a model for the future,” said Lindenwood President James D. Evans, PhD. The agreement centers on ease of transition, affordability, and accessibility for students who plan to pursue advanced degrees.

As part of the collaboration, SCC will move its state-of-the-art simulation lab to the new location and expand the space to create a “virtual hospital” that will provide the ability to offer concurrent simulations.

“This added feature will provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary simulations and afford both programs a way to reduce some of the constraints related to securing clinical sites and increase program capacity,” said Patti Williams, SCC dean of nursing and allied health.

Lindenwood’s post-associate degree coursework in nursing will start in August at the Center, and the school hopes to eventually offer other health management degree completion programs such as occupational therapy, health information technology, EMT, and allied health, according to Dr. Peggy Ellis, dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Lindenwood.

Photo Credit: St. Charles Community College

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