The Ruth S. Coleman
College of Nursing has announced plans to begin several new programs, including a post-licensure Bachelor of
Science in Respiratory Therapy Completion program that is the first to be offered in
the state of Wisconsin.
In addition, the
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will add a new concentration in nursing
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Completion
The new Bachelor of
Science in Respiratory Therapy Completion Program will allow existing
respiratory therapists an opportunity to advance their careers by completing a
bachelor’s degree. The program will be offered
online and is designed to take two years to complete. The anticipated start
date is fall 2014.
degree programs in respiratory therapy can be found across the state, Stritch
will be the first institution of higher education in Wisconsin to offer a
bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy, which will fill a critical need
within healthcare across the state.
A recent study
conducted by the American Association for Respiratory Care reiterated that the
current healthcare environment requires more skills than ever before. The
volume of knowledge and skills that a respiratory therapy student must learn
increases yearly, yet the amount of hours in the classroom, lab and clinical
settings are limited at the associate degree level.
“Due to the increasing
complexity of healthcare and federal regulation changes, the healthcare
community is asking for respiratory therapists to be prepared at the
baccalaureate level,” said Kelly Dries, dean of the College of Nursing.
“Stritch is excited to be giving practicing respiratory therapists the first
opportunity for advancement beyond an associate degree within Wisconsin.”
The online format of the program will allow students the
flexibility to further their education while maintaining their work schedule.
For students who seek a face-to-face delivery format, the program will offer
some optional in-person classroom time within each course. Based upon need,
separate online and face-to-face versions of the program may be implemented in the
The program will require 31 online respiratory
therapy-specific credits. An additional 19 credits of liberal arts and science
credits will also be required. Additional program details, including tuition
rates and the admission process, are still being finalized.
To ease the admissions process, Stritch is creating an articulation
agreement with the seven Wisconsin technical colleges that offer an associate degree
in respiratory therapy, allowing all “70” respiratory therapy credits to
transfer into Stritch.
Master of Science in
Nursing -- Leadership Concentration
In addition, the
College of Nursing will begin offering a new concentration in nursing
leadership within its successful Master of Science in Nursing program, which
has prepared nurse educators for positions in academic, community and service
settings since 1999.
The MSN- Leadership
strand is designed to fill a critical need of developing leaders in nursing
management and administration.
“Recent data has
clearly indicated that nurses should achieve higher levels of education and be
full partners with physicians and other healthcare professionals to advance
health and healthcare,” said Dries. “We believe that a new concentration in
leadership for the MSN program is timely and very much needed as evidenced by
current professional trends and market demands.”
Courses in this new leadership
concentration will be offered in a blended format, which means student will
complete their studies both in person and online. The new concentration will
use 18 of the existing MSN credits, which have been designated as “core
nursing” courses. The remaining 17 credits will provide the leadership
concentration through a collaboration with the College of Education and
Please check www.stritch.edu
for regular updates and additional information on both of these programs.
The Ruth S.
Coleman College of Nursing has provided high-quality nursing education
since 1980. At that time, Stritch took over a program run by the Sacred Heart
School of Practical Nursing that prepared licensed practical nurses and began
offering an Associate in Science degree in nursing to meet new state
requirements. A bachelor in nursing program was established in 1983, and a
master’s degree in nursing was added in 1998, which focused on nurse educators.
Stritch was the first institution of
higher education in Wisconsin to offer such a degree. In April 2003, the college was named in honor
of benefactor Ruth S. Coleman, for her continuing support of nursing education.