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January 15, 2020

Prepare to Make History—Be One of the First to Graduate with a BSN at Geneva

There are many career paths God may choose to lay on a student’s heart to pursue as their life’s work. After all, there are lots of ways we can serve the needs of others—spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. Sometimes, such as in the field of nursing, God gives a person a special hunger to serve others who are often physically at their lowest and can no longer help themselves.

Geneva College has always worked hard to equip its students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor. But, up until recently, Geneva has not been able to offer students a degree program in nursing. Fortunately, however, through a partnership agreement with the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), nursing students can earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Geneva while also obtaining an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from CCBC. Plus, Geneva students completing the ADN requirements at CCBC are now eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

As Dr. Calvin L. Troup, President of Geneva College, stated at the partnership signing ceremony, “The BSN degree is a great fit with Geneva’s Christian mission.”

CCBC’s President described the partnership as “joining forces to offer a strong bachelor’s degree career pathway for aspiring nurses.” He went on to state, “CCBC’s School of Nursing and Allied Health has a long-standing history of quality nursing education, and we are proud to partner with Geneva College to offer our Associate Degree in Nursing to a broader array of students also pursuing a Geneva bachelor’s degree.” Making a good deal even better—students enrolled in the partnership program earn both credentials, an ADN from CCBC and the BSN from Geneva, at a significantly lower cost than most private college programs can offer.

If your desire is to serve in a nursing career and you want to receive a Christ-centered education as you pursue this life’s work, Geneva now has an option perfect for you. Our new nursing program is a 1-2-1 program, meaning you’ll attend classes your first and fourth years here at Geneva to earn credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During your second and third years, you’ll attend CCBC classes, participating in nursing labs and clinical experiences to accumulate credits toward the Associate Degree in Nursing.

Although students spend the majority of their second and third years at CCBC, they're still considered to be Geneva students. They may live on Geneva’s campus and all payments for the nursing program are made through Geneva.

When it comes to receiving a Christian education and training to become a nurse, it doesn’t get much better than the partnership between CCBC and Geneva. Geneva’s programs are nationally recognized for their high quality, with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance including Geneva on its list of Best Value Private Colleges. Adhering to the truth of Scripture, Geneva provides an education that is grounded in the Word of God and designed to prepare students to vocationally think, write and communicate well in today’s complex business environment.

CCBC’s associate professor of nursing, Sally Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, CCM, was named Practical Nursing Educator of the Year in 2017 by the Pennsylvania Practical Nursing Administrators. Fitzgerald was honored for her dedication to students and her continuing commitment to excellence and growth of the CCBC’s nursing program. Additionally, CCBC’s nursing program has consistently been named one of the top nursing programs in Pennsylvania by PracticalNursing.org, even ranking number one in 2015.

After reviewing the results of the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), PracticalNursing.org determined that CCBC boasted an NCLEX-PN pass-rate of 100%, compared to the national average of only 81%. According to Dr. Shelly Moore, Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at CCBC, “First-time NCLEX pass rates are a significant measure of student achievement and educational quality in any pre-licensure nursing program. They have been referred to as the ‘gold standard’ for signifying nursing program excellence.”

Small class sizes at CCBC allow nursing students to gain valuable real-world experience through hands-on instruction in the nursing labs on campus, as well as, participate in clinical courses in a variety of healthcare and hospital settings. Graduates of the nursing program at CCBC are prepared to work in a variety of settings which include home health care, doctor’s offices, extended care facilities, hospice care and long-term acute hospitals.

If you’d like to learn more about Geneva’s exciting new nursing program that enables you to serve wholeheartedly and faithfully in your life’s work or want to learn more about a biblically based, Christ-centered education at Geneva, we’d love to chat with you. You can also visit ccbc.edu/nursing or geneva.edu/academics/majors/nursing to learn more. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your education goals, please phone us at 855-979-5563 or email web@geneva.edu.