Bluefield College has announced plans to launch a new bachelor of nursing degree program in Grundy, Va.
The first classes of the college's Rural Healthcare Education Program will launch in the spring in Grundy's Booth Center. The school will celebrate the new program with a reception and information session Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6-8 p.m., at the Booth Center.
With significant funding from the Virginia Tobacco Commission and regional foundations, Bluefield College created its Rural Healthcare Education Program a year ago with the purpose of creating additional higher education opportunities in healthcare for residents of southwest Virginia.
Designed to lead students to a bachelor's degree in nursing, the Rural Healthcare initiative will be offered first in Grundy, Virginia, through the college's inSPIRE Degree Completion Program, an accelerated higher education curriculum designed primarily for working adults.
"Local residents interested in enrolling or learning more about the BSN program are invited to attend the information session at the Booth Center," said Ruth Wilson-Blankenship, a Grundy native and vice president for advancement at Bluefield College. "Area alumni and friends are also encouraged to attend to receive an update on the college and to learn how to get more involved with an area alumni chapter."
The college currently offers baccalaureate degree opportunities in management, criminal justice, and behavioral science through its Degree Completion Program, but now, with the start of the Rural Healthcare agenda, BC will add the fourth degree program to its accelerated offerings -- nursing. All four of the degree programs will be available to students in Grundy.
"This initiative is an opportunity to create a whole new accelerated degree completion program in nursing," said Wilson-Blankenship, "and the bachelor's degree in nursing is just part of our overall initiative to expand healthcare related programs in southwest Virginia -- programs that are unique for the fact that they focus on rural and Appalachian culture."
BC's BSN program, Wilson-Blankenship noted, will address the shortage of registered nurses with four-year college degrees in southwest Virginia and create "a pathway for nursing for those who are place-bound by family and work commitments." The program, she added, will offer current hospital employees in rural southwest Virginia the opportunity to advance their education and skills while continuing to maintain employment.
"Degree programs like this are critical to the nurses and healthcare workers in southwest Virginia to be able to expand and acquire new capabilities required for success," Wilson-Blankenship said. "Our nursing program will be a flexible, accessible program, taught in an accelerated learning format in various communities across southwest Virginia, and I, personally, am excited about Grundy being chosen to serve as the inaugural location."
For more information about Bluefield College's Rural Healthcare Education Program and its degree completion major in nursing, contact BC's Cathy Payne by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 276-326-4233.
To RSVP for the Grundy reception and information session, contact Josh Cline by email at email@example.com or by phone at 276-326-4208 or Wilson-Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-326-4556.