SIUE School of Nursing Extends Partnership with Lake Land College

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SON Dean Laura BernaixThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing (SON) and Lake Land College have renewed a partnership that provides an accelerated, seamless path to a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the SIUE SON.

Lake Land College nursing students interested in the option are dually enrolled in the SIUE program during their second year and can take several co-requisites and general education courses at Lake Land. Once students successfully complete the Lake Land associate degree nurse (ADN) program and obtain licensure as a registered nurse (RN), students may progress through the remaining RN to BS nursing courses through the SIUE online program.

“Our partnership with Lake Land College demonstrates our mutual dedication to ensuring lifelong learning for our students, and our commitment to preparing the nursing workforce for the region and beyond,” said SIUE SON Dean Laura Bernaix, PhD, RN.

“We know so many of our nursing graduates find employment in their hometowns and have limited options to complete a bachelor’s degree,” said Cheryl Beam, Lake Land College nursing instructor/director nursing programs. “This partnership eliminates geographic boundaries and provides a seamless opportunity for students to complete their goals.”

The partnership provides students with the opportunity to advance their careers in the nursing field, while simultaneously saving money and gaining valuable work experience.

Lake Land’s ADN program is a competitive special admission program, providing students with a rigorous two-year program. Fully-equipped nursing labs provide students with hands-on learning, allowing students to master required skills before completing clinicals in area healthcare facilities. In May 2019, more than 70 percent of Lake Land ADN program graduates were employed as an RN by graduation.

The schools originally collaborated in 2016 and have continued to expand their partnership since. For more information about the SIUE RN to BS completion program through Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu/high-demand and see the nursing option. Review the ADN checklist and application procedures to meet the application deadline of Feb. 1, 2020.

Photo: SIUE School of Nursing Dean Laura Bernaix, PhD, RN.