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College to celebrate historic first class of nursing graduates
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—The St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College today received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its bachelor of science degree program. The news comes just days before Moravian College will grant degrees to its inaugural class of nursing students at commencement on Saturday, May 17. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses.
Accreditation is a voluntary, privately managed process of peer evaluation of post-secondary education institutions and programs. Being accredited imparts to the public, potential students, educational institutions, government agencies, lenders, and others that the institution or program meets an established standard of quality.
The St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing at Moravian College was established in 1998 through a partnership between St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network and Moravian College. The students in the nursing major have access to resources of St. Luke’s Hospital while receiving a well-grounded liberal arts education. Throughout the nursing curriculum, students are immersed in a variety of clinical experiences emphasizing the promotion of health for diverse individuals, families, and communities. More than 1,000 hours of clinical practice provide the nursing student with ample opportunities to apply and test theoretical concepts in a range of health-care settings. Learning experiences are designed to foster intellectual inquiry, and critical thinking is emphasized, enabling nursing graduates to practice in virtually any health promoting or wellness care setting in addition to acute/chronic hospital settings.
The Department of Nursing is chaired by professor Janet A. Sipple, B.S.N., M.S.N., Ed.D. The nursing faculty is comprised of assistant professors, Marianne T. Adam, B.S., M.S, Pamela Z. Adamshick, B.S., M.S., Susan DeSanto-Madeya, B.S., M.S., Maryellen K. Dye, B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., and Lori M. Hoffman, B.S.N., M.S., Ph.D. Associate professors include Susan P. Scholtz, B.S., M.N., D.N.Sc., Michele August-Brady, B.S., M.S., D.N.Sc., and Paige T. Thompson, B.S., M.S.N. Helen Kohler, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. and Alma Ann Miles, B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D. both serve as visiting professors.
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. Visit the Moravian College Web site at www.moravian.edu.