Pierpont and GSC looking to form joint nursing degree program

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Pierpont Community and Technical College and Glenville State College are working to create a joint-degree nursing program.

The colleges announced Monday that they've created an exploratory committee with the goal of creating an Associate of Science in Nursing degree.

“The American Association of Colleges of Nursing encourages universities and state colleges to partner with community colleges and offer seamless educational pathways from an associate degree to the baccalaureate degree in nursing,” said Pierpont Provost Michael Waide. “Our discussions have the potential to develop a partnership that follows a growing national trend between universities, state colleges, and community colleges to address the projected shortfall of more than a million nurses in the coming decades.”

“I am confident that GSC and Pierpont will be great partners on this joint venture, just as we have been for other initiatives. This ASN program and its subsequent graduates would meet a significant medical need in central West Virginia. We look forward to partnering on all fronts with health care systems and working with Pierpont to make the best graduates when this program is approved,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

The committee hopes to begin admitting students into the program in the fall of 2020.