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St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College to Become Department of Nursing

Planned change in governance will be seamless for students of the program

Nursing StudentsBethlehem, Pa., April 2, 2013—Moravian College announced today that the St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College will become the Department of Nursing at Moravian College. This name change is a result of a change in governance of the nursing program which is expected to occur on July 1, 2013.

This transition in governance from St. Luke’s University Health Network to Moravian College will be seamless for the students of the program. The faculty, the curriculum, the clinical experiences and all other elements of the program will remain unchanged. The faculty of the nursing program, currently employed by St. Luke’s University Health Network, will become members of the Moravian College faculty. The new program will also continue to be fully accredited upon approval by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has been notified that it will retain full approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (PASBON).

The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered at Moravian College have become one of the premier nursing programs in the region due to the College’s unique and distinct partnership with St. Luke’s. Under the new governance structure, the new partnership with St. Luke’s will continue to offer all of the benefits previously enjoyed by the students, such as preferred clinical-site placements at all St. Luke’s-owned medical facilities, as well as continued use of the labs and library located at the St. Luke’s University Health Network Bethlehem Campus. The diploma program in nursing offered through St. Luke’s School of Nursing remains unaffected by this change.

The St. Luke’s School of Nursing, located on the campus of St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem, is the nation’s oldest hospital-based, diploma school in continuous operation.

The St. Luke’s Hospital Commemorative School of Nursing at Moravian College was founded in 1998, based upon a contractual relationship between Moravian College and St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network. Since its inception, nursing scholarship has flourished under this alliance. Twelve students graduated with majors in nursing from Moravian College in May 2003. Today, 280 students are enrolled in the pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program, the RN-to-BS degree program, and the three tracks of the M.S. program in nursing. Moving forward, the College will implement the new governance model which will more closely mirror those of other contemporary collegiate nursing programs.

About the Nursing Program at Moravian College

The baccalaureate program for traditional nursing students at Moravian leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. The program is designed to address the changing role of the nurse within health care during the 21st century. Development of the curriculum was based on the belief that a strong background in the liberal arts is necessary to prepare professional nurses to manage current influences in health care, as well as to provide care to diverse populations.

The R.N. to B.S. program at Moravian was developed to deliver the highest quality baccalaureate nursing education to registered nurses in a flexible format. All of the courses provided through Moravian College are designed so that they are relevant to the learning needs of adult students, and the nursing courses complement prior coursework and experience. Both The Moravian College R.N. to B.S. and the traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Master of Science degree program in nursing, offered through Moravian College’s Comenius Center, prepares today’s nurses for essential leadership roles in nursing administration, education and practice environments. Graduate coursework is designed to foster interdisciplinary exchange and learning with nursing, education and business administration faculty. The M.S. program in nursing is also accredited by CCNE and began enrollment into its graduate tracks in the fall of 2009.

Registered nurses who have obtained a baccalaureate in a discipline other than nursing are eligible to apply to the M.S. program. Once accepted to the program, an R.N. with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree will need to demonstrate baccalaureate nursing competency as determined by program faculty. Prospective students interested in completing the M.S. degree may obtain information about the program by contacting the Nursing Department at 610 861-1660 or nursing@moravian.edu.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.