TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The nursing shortage is a national problem, but especially here in Texas. Today two East Texas schools took the first steps to solve it.
In a special ceremony today, LeTourneau University and U.T. Tyler became partners in nursing, creating a rare connection by opening facilities and transfer hours between a public and private university.
Students will now be able to earn undergraduate degrees in health sciences and science nursing from LeTourneau and U.T. Tyler in a four and a half year program.
The program features classroom study, online courses, and hands on hospital experience prepping students for their R.N. exam upon graduation.
"The main thing it gives us is more opportunities to get the education, to get the registered nurse credential," says College of LeTourneau Arts and Sciences Dean Amiel Jarstfer, "And to go on to immediate service as a nurse in our hospitals in our clinics in our doctor's offices.
"It's a win win for both universities, I increase my enrollment in nursing, I increase my output to help with the nursing shortage with very highly qualified students," says Dr. Pam Martin with the U.T. Tyler nursing program, "Both universities come out ahead."
Representatives from both schools say the program will not only increase the number of qualified healthcare workers in East Texas, but let nurses take their education and use it to help those in need around the world.
Program entrants will have to transfer after earning the required pre-requisite hours from LeTourneau but will be able to remain in Longview.
The U.T. Tyler-Longview branch will offer the four semester nursing curriculum.
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:14 AM EDT2013-05-18 04:14:44 GMT
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