“We have a lot going on in our community.” Mount Mary president Eileen Schwalbach said the shortage presents not only a responsibility for the institutions but an opportunity to make a difference. “It’s really exciting for us to be sharing this responsibility with MATC,” she said. “(The students are) going to go out and make a difference in health care.” Cheryl Bailey, Mount Mary school of natural and health sciences dean, said the program does require students to commit to nursing as they enter Mount Mary. The university has worked with faculty in other disciplines to target general studies classes towards nursing. The first year of classes the students will all take together, including a one credit nursing bootcamp class intended to orient students to the profession and faculty at both campuses. The final year of classes will be online, allowing students to work full- or part-time if they believe they are able to handle it with a full class load, Bailey said. Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Milwaukee Area Technical College and Mount Mary University are launching a new program aimed at helping prospective nurses earn a bachelor’s degree at a lower cost per credit than other programs in the region. MATC president Vicki Martin, left, and Mount Mary president Eileen Schwalbach sign an agreement forming the Nursing 1-2-1 program. The “Nursing 1-2-1” program is open to new women high school graduates. The program requires the student to take liberal arts and general studies classes at Mount Mary during the first year. The second two years are spent at MATC’s downtown campus completing an associate degree in nursing with summers spent taking classes at Mount Mary.
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