The University Curriculum Committee (UCC) is in the early stages of adding nursing as a Shippensburg University program.
SU Student Government Association Sen. Nora Ormsbee sits on UCC, a committee made up of professors, a dean, undergraduate and graduate students that hears course and class proposals.
The program would be a Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree (RN-to-BSN) program. The flexibility of the program will be catered toward nontraditional students, such as nurses who are already in the field and wish to further their education, according to Ormsbee.
The program would be mostly online with minimal on-campus interaction.
Ormsbee said the program needs to be recognized by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the SU Council of Trustees.
“Our sponsor is really dedicated to the program,” Ormsbee said.
Currently, the would-be nursing program is in the very early stages of development.
Ormsbee is excited to add more courses to appeal to more people.
“I think it will help the university overall as a whole,” she said.
If all goes accordingly, the program could be ready for students by the fall of 2020.
The official proposal for the nursing program should be finalized by the end of the spring 2019 semester.