Grove City, DU strike nursing degree deal

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Duquesne Nursing announced a new deal to allow some Grove City students to get a Duquesne degree.

Michael Marafino | Staff Writer


Duquesne Nursing has another new partner. As of Sept. 21, Duquesne University announced its agreement with Grove City College, a small, Christian liberal arts and sciences college about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The agreement allows a maximum of four high-achieving graduates of Grove City College to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN).

The agreement will begin in the fall of 2018, and it involves classes that are included in Duquesne’s BSN program. It requires candidates to have completed the proper prerequisite credits, obtained a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences at Grove City College and maintained at least a 3.0 GPA.

Grove City College has a notable reputation as a hub for innovation, along with its reputation of striving for academic excellence and faith-building. It is ranked in the top 382 Best Colleges according to The Princeton Review college rankings. The combined reputations of both Grove City and Duquesne provides an excellent return on the investment for students, the Office of Marketing and Communications at Duquesne said.

Members of the faculties of both schools have expressed their excitement for the agreement.

“We are excited to partner with Duquesne University School of Nursing to provide our graduates with another path to a rewarding and impactful career where they can demonstrate their leadership and serve the common good,” Dr. Robert Graham, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Grove City College, said.

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, dean of the Duquesne’s School of Nursing, also displayed her enthusiasm for the partnership.

“We are very excited to welcome ambitious, intelligent, mission-driven nursing majors from Grove City College to Duquesne University, Glasgow said. “This partnership is an ideal way to further the academic aspirations of future nursing majors.”

Duquesne University School of Nursing is widely reputable in nursing education, having created Pennsylvania’s first BSN program in 1937 and the United States’s first online nursing PhD program in 1997.

“Over the years, many students have been drawn to Grove City College’s unique identity, Christian values, strong academic reputation, and close-knit campus community, but they ultimately enrolled elsewhere to pursue an undergraduate degree in nursing,” Graham said.

Graham explained how Grove City decided to pursue a partnership with Duquesne.

“Working with Dr. Don Rumbaugh, a physician on staff at the College, we approached Duquesne University’s School of Nursing because of its high-quality BSN program, its accessible location in Pittsburgh, and its faith-based mission and values,” he said.

Graham also described how this program is beneficial for students after their graduation.

“This agreement allows our students to earn a bachelor’s degree from Grove City and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duquesne in 5 years. We are delighted to partner with Duquesne to prepare competent and compassionate professionals to serve in the field of nursing,” he said.