April 18, 2003

VUSN teams with Rhodes College under new alliance

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Dr. John Zic examines a patient at last year’s skin cancer screening. (photo by Dana Johnson)

VUSN teams with Rhodes College under new alliance

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has announced plans to offer a Liberal Arts-Nursing Program with Rhodes College, as part of a new alliance announced by Chancellor Gordon Gee.

The alliance has designed a nursing program that will allow students to spend the first four years of their academic career in the liberal arts program at Rhodes, and the last two years at VUSN studying one of the nursing specialties. Students enrolled in the program will earn their bachelor’s degree from Rhodes, and come to VUSN with the required pre-requisites needed to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Vanderbilt.

“We are excited about the Vanderbilt-Rhodes Academic Partnership, and we will continue to work closely with Rhodes,” said Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., dean of VUSN. “We know their students will be a fabulous addition to Advanced Practice Nursing.”

The Vanderbilt-Rhodes alliance also includes an Educational Master’s with Teacher Licensure Program with the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Students who receive their bachelor’s degree from Rhodes will enroll in the graduate program at Peabody, leading to a master’s degree and state licensure in teaching.

The nursing and education programs will be offered to Rhodes students in the 2003-2004 academic year.

The alliance will also provide a program designed to support summer research by faculty and enhance instructional excellence beginning in the summer of 2005.