St. Gregory’s announces launch of new Catholic nursing program
St. Gregory’s University announced today it is partnering with Oklahoma’s four Catholic healthcare systems – Mercy, St. John, St. Francis and St. Anthony – to establish a Catholic Nursing Program.
Based in Catholic theology and social teaching, the curriculum’s ethical focus will include training in integrative and holistic care. A residency component will provide new nurses with significant clinical experience.
The process to secure state and national accreditations for the program is underway. A traditional Bachelor of Nursing degree will be offered on the Shawnee campus. A bridge program to advance from Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will be offered in an adult accelerated training format in Shawnee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Both degrees will include online coursework.
“St. Gregory’s is uniquely qualified to establish a nursing program,” St. Gregory’s University President D. Gregory Main said. “Graduates of our existing bio-medical degrees have high acceptance rates into medical and other professional schools. We are Oklahoma's only Catholic University with a proud Benedictine tradition of educating students in mind, body and spirit.”
The program will be led by Dr. Susan Barnes, who has been a nurse educator for 20 years. Barnes earned her Masters and PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and has worked as an administrator in several institutions, most recently at Oklahoma City University as Chair of Transformative and Global Education for Kramer School of Nursing.
Each of Oklahoma’s four Catholic health care systems helped contribute to the program, ensuring that it will help meet their needs for current and future nurses. Senior nursing professionals from the hospitals are serving on a Nursing Advisory Council to develop the curriculum and clinical experiences.
“We are excited to support this new program at St. Gregory,” says Pam Kiser, Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President of Nursing at St. John Medical Center. “We believe it will bring a new type of experience to nursing education, helping better prepare for the spiritual and holistic care of the patient.”
Students interested in the traditional BSN degree can apply for admission in biology and begin their studies this August by taking prenursing courses. Subject to accreditation, St. Gregory’s expects to enroll the first students in the RN to BSN bridge program in the fall.
For more information on prenursing or the bridge program, fill out the Nursing Program Information Request form or call 405-878-5444.