St. Gregory’s Catholic nursing program receives approval from Higher Learning Commission
Fall classes forming now in RN to BSN, pre-nursing programs
St. Gregory's University's new Catholic Nursing Program has officially received approval by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This distinguished authorization enables St. Gregory's to formally enroll students for its Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree completion program. St. Gregory's continues to enroll students in its pre-nursing program.
HLC accredits degree-granting institutions in the north-central region of the United States. Additionally, the process to secure approval for the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is underway.
"We are pleased that HLC has given our University its approval to move forward with our nursing program," St. Gregory's President D. Gregory Main said. "Since our announcement earlier this year, we've had significant interest in our program, and we are delighted to welcome the first group of students into our St. Gregory's family.
St. Gregory's nursing program is unique in several ways. Created in partnership with Oklahoma's four Catholic healthcare systems – Mercy, St. John, St. Francis and St. Anthony – the curriculum is based on Catholic theology and social teaching. The program will include training in integrative and holistic care.
The nursing program is 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.
"After the number of years St. Gregory's has spent working with an advisory board and constructing a feasibility study, the dream is taking shape," Dr. Barnes said. "The inclusivity of the Benedictine Order makes this a program where students from any faith can thrive and grow."
Since the official announcement in January, St. Gregory's has hired an accomplished staff and faculty to assist Dr. Barnes in building the program.
Jaye Robertson has 35 years in the nursing field, most recently as Vice President for Human Resources at Children's Hospital. She also served there as a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Director of Pediatric Medical and Surgical Services.
Dr. Jasmin Johnson taught for 16 years in nursing and has 10 years of nursing practice in varied pediatric, cardiac and acute care experiences. She serves on the Pottawatomie County Volunteer Health Clinic Board.
Dr. Wanda Robinson, is a certified nurse educator with experience in developing and teaching a wide range of nursing courses in the classroom and online. She has been a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric and mental health nursing, and a nurse administrator, school nurse, camp nurse, forensic nurse examiner, and she has led cross cultural health ministry trips overseas.
For more information on pre-nursing or the RN to BSN program, contact St. Gregory's admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-878-5444.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.
Founded in 1875, St. Gregory's University is Oklahoma's oldest institution of higher learning and only Catholic university. St. Gregory's offers a liberal arts education rooted in the Benedictine tradition of cultivating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. With campuses in Shawnee and Tulsa, St. Gregory's features both traditional and adult degree programs, including associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees. For more information about the University, visit www.stgregorys.edu.