PSC, WVU School of Nursing Sign MOU to Move Forward with Plans to Bring BSN Program to Keyser Campus

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Picture Caption: “We’re Official!” stated Tara Hulsey, dean of the WVU School of Nursing, right, after penning her signature to a Memorandum of Understanding, along with WVU’s Potomac State College President Jennifer Orlikoff. This agreement moves the plan forward to offer WVU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree on the Keyser campus by fall 2018.  Photo by Raymond Burner.

Excitement was in the air as the West Virginia School of Nursing and Potomac State College recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to move forward with plans to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) on the Keyser campus.

“This is just one more point of evidence of President Gordon Gee’s concept of One WVU, whose vision also supports the ‘Three Pillars’ to strengthen West Virginia’s future: education, health care and prosperity. I believe all three are reflected here today with the signing of this memorandum,” stated PSC President Jennifer Orlikoff. “I’m especially pleased to bring the nursing program to this campus because it will not only truly benefit the students, who will receive a high-quality education—the education pillar—but it will also benefit the region and the state by addressing the shortage of nurses in West Virginia and throughout the country; therefore, fulfilling both the health care and prosperity pillars.”

Tara Hulsey, dean of the WVU School of Nursing, said, “Today, we are taking an important step in helping to educate our future nurses – the people who will care for our friends and loved ones. We can’t graduate nurses fast enough to meet the shortage of nurses in our state, so we’re super excited to be moving forward to expand our program to the Potomac State campus.”

Incoming freshmen may enroll in the pre-nursing program this fall. It is anticipated students will be able to apply to the WVU School of Nursing’s BSN program during the spring semester. Once admitted to the program, students will be part of a 24-student cohort with all classes for the four-year degree available on the Potomac State College campus. Classrooms and laboratories are currently being renovated and will be housed in a wing of the J. Edward Kelley Complex.

During the presentation, President Orlikoff also recognized Len Colelli, former PSC president, for approaching Dean Hulsey three years ago about the need to offer the nursing program on the Potomac State campus.

The signing ceremony was well attended by PSC faculty, staff, and administrators; community leaders; and WVU representatives.

“I want to thank President Orlikoff and her team for helping us create this opportunity for our students. We are thrilled to be joining you in Keyser,” noted Dean Hulsey.

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