Students at York College now have a pathway to complete a nursing degree in four years. York College and Creighton University are forming a 3+1 nursing partnership in which students complete three years as a YC student followed by a 12-month accelerated nursing program on the CHI Health St. Francis campus in Grand Island. The accelerated Creighton nursing program utilizes community-based education in a program that fills a need in many Nebraska communities.

"I am extremely excited about this 3+1 nursing partnership with Creighton University,” said Dr. Bryan Kretz, assistant professor of biology and chair of the division of science and mathematics. “I believe the combined education and experiences received at York College and Creighton University will amply prepare our students for their future nursing careers."

Incoming and current students are now eligible for admission into the program. Once admitted, students must maintain a minimum GPA and complete a core of prerequisite courses. The accelerated portion of the program enrolls students for 12 months in which they will take 58 hours in three semesters. Those who complete the program will graduate with two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Health Services concentration) from York College and a BSN from Creighton University. 

YC provost, Dr. Shane Mountjoy commented, "This is an exciting day for York College! Nursing is a career many of our incoming students want to pursue and this 3+1 program allows them to do so. We look forward to developing and growing this partnership with Creighton University."

CHI Health St. Francis offers Creighton nursing students a top-level clinical experience. St. Francis carries a “magnet hospital” designation, which is considered the gold standard for nursing institutions. Students will spend more than 900 hours in clinical training, taking place in several Nebraska hospitals.

“Creighton College of Nursing is delighted to partner with York College to create highly competent and compassionate nursing professionals in Central Nebraska and help address the state nursing shortage,” shared Catherine Todero, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the College of Nursing, vice provost of Health Sciences Campuses for Creighton University.  “The mission and values of our respective institutions align nicely and will foster graduates focused on service to others.”

York alumna Cherie (Stevens ’03) Langlois shared the sentiment when told about the new program. "The profession of nursing has allowed me countless opportunities to share the love of Christ with my patients and their families,” said Langlois. “If this program had been available during my time as a York College student, I believe I would have jumped at the opportunity!"

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