Manchester University said Wednesday it is launching a nursing program to address the growing need for nurses in Indiana and across the nation.
Beth Schultz, who has previous experience working at a nursing school in South Carolina, has joined the university as founding director, Manchester said.
Schultz will work with Lea Johnson, vice president for health science initiatives, to guide the bachelor's degree program through the accrediting process, which is expected to take more than a year.
“The need is now, and it's growing,” Johnson said, adding that Manchester has a strong track record in the health sciences at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Manchester offers a professional doctorate in pharmacy and master's degrees in athletic training and pharmacogenomics. At the undergraduate level, it offers a range of studies for health care careers.
Schultz comes to Manchester from the Anderson University School of Nursing in South Carolina. She was there when the school was established in 2012 and “brings valuable insight into the process of building a nursing program,” Manchester said in the news release.
Schultz has nursing experiences as a practitioner, administrator and educator. She was most recently undergraduate chair and associate professor of nursing in the Anderson program.
Last year, Schultz was named a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar.
“Nursing education has evolved over 20 years, and I have been inspired to look for ways to educate our students that will better prepare them to provide compassionate, high-quality patient care,” Schultz said in a statement.
Johnson said the goal is to begin the program in 2021.
Students would not be enrolled until the accreditation process is completed, a university spokeswoman said.
The nursing leadership team at Parkview Health has been helpful, Johnson said, and the collaboration is expected to continue.
“We look forward to having our nursing students benefit from a rich clinical experience through the hospitals in the Parkview system as well as other excellent clinical opportunities in the region,” Johnson said.