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Educational Partnership between Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing, Camden County College and Immaculata University Allows Lourdes Nursing Students to Earn Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Monday, November 12, 2012

Through an official educational partnership with Immaculata University and Camden County College, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing will now offer its registered nurse diploma program with the option to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) as well as a master of science degree in nursing (MSN) on-site at Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing.

This partnership is the result of a three-year collaboration to provide a seamless transition to higher education to its students, graduates and nurses within Lourdes Health System.

For 32 years, Lourdes has had a strong educational partnership with Camden County College (CCC) through its Cooperative Program. This program enables all Lourdes School of Nursing applicants to concurrently earn an associate's degree in science from CCC. Upon graduation from both schools, applicants are now eligible to be admitted to the RN to BSN program.

"Lourdes is excited to enhance our nursing program through the educational partnerships we have with Camden County College and Immaculata University," says Alexander J. Hatala, president and chief executive officer, Lourdes Health System. "We are pleased that Lourdes students continue to benefit from our partnership with Camden County College. As we look to the future, we welcome a partnership with Immaculata. The university has an excellent reputation in nursing education and its emphasis on holistic care aligns with our mission to educate nurses that provide outstanding quality care, and serve and advocate for those in need."

"The Immaculata community is proud of this new educational partnership with Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing and Camden County College and we look forward to expanding our offerings throughout New Jersey through the Catholic Health East System's institutions," says Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., president, Immaculata University. "To be able to offer the RN to BSN and MSN degree programs at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, a mainstay in South Jersey, beginning 2013, also ensures that the educational outlook for the healthcare community in New Jersey will remain strong."

Says Anne McGinley, PhD, RN, APN, dean of Camden County College's Division of Nursing, Health Science and Human Services, "This partnership provides a high-quality, affordable continuum of nursing education: General education at Camden County College, nursing education at Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing and completion of the BSN with Immaculata University. It is a perfect opportunity for students of many backgrounds to pursue the nursing profession, and it positions them for a long and satisfying career and future prospects."

Students entering the RN to BSN program will be afforded a discount in tuition at Immaculata as a result of the partnership. The RN to BSN program is currently being offered. Lourdes School of Nursing plans to have the MSN program available by summer 2013. The site at Lourdes School of Nursing is an open site.

"All at Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing share in the excitement of this joint venture," says Lisa Easterby, DNP, RN, CNE, dean of Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing. "There is a strong demand among students to have on-site classes that allow them to continue their nursing education. We are thrilled to be able to now meet that demand. This partnership is a landmark accomplishment in our school's history."

The venture is closely aligned with the national initiative, "The Future of Nursing: Call for Action," which was launched after the Institute of Medicine Report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." In New Jersey, the state action coalition has set a goal of having 80 percent of practicing nurses having their BSN degrees by 2020.

Information sessions with Immaculata University's admission representative will be scheduled in the near future. For additional information, call Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing at 856-757-3726 or visit online at www.lourdesnursingschool.org

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About Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing

Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing has been preparing men and women for professional nursing positions since 1961. The school provides an educational program that is based on Christian values, which advocate caring, social responsibility and service to those in need. Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing is dedicated to providing a learner-centered environment that develops competent, compassionate and knowledgeable professional nurses for entry into practice. The school is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, New York.

About Immaculata University

Immaculata University, founded in 1920, is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia. With the second highest number of nursing graduates in Pennsylvania, Immaculata University is known for its excellent RN to BSN program which is offered to working adults in an accelerated format through its College of LifeLong Learning. The nursing program, offering a strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and case studies, is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

In addition to Lourdes School of Nursing, Immaculata has been approved by the State of New Jersey to offer the RN to BSN and the MSN degree programs at three other Catholic Health East sites: Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro; St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton; and St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark. Catholic Health East is the second largest provider of health care in New Jersey.

About Camden County College

Camden County College is one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in New Jersey and the surrounding region and is a vital resource for transfer education, workforce training and cultural event. Its three distinct locations in Blackwood, Camden and Cherry Hill -- along with its satellite locations in Lakeland, Sicklerville and elsewhere throughout the County -- share the common mission of providing accessible, affordable higher education and occupational study to all who can benefit.