Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

Program's Success Leads to New Study Options for Students

Allentown, PA (May 20, 2004) - The nursing degree program Cedar Crest College has received recognition from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Office of Professional Regulation. Following the board's annual review of the National Council Licensure Examination reports, it noted that the Nursing Program at Cedar Crest has achieved a 91 percent pass rate on the first attempt of taking the test, well above the national average of 82 percent. Cedar Crest students had the highest passing rate of among any of the other Lehigh Valley schools of nursing.

With such success amongst its students, Cedar Crest has decided to expand its nursing program to offer a new, part-time study option. The new program allows students to begin taking courses in the summer and to continue year-round on a part-time basis. Cedar Crest also offers a full-time day nursing program and was the first in the Lehigh Valley to introduce an evening and weekend nursing program to accommodate the growing number of full-time professionals who wanted to complete their degrees.

"The national nursing shortage another major reason why we have decided to open the part-time day program," says Dr. Laurie Murray, Chair of the Nursing Department at Cedar Crest. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, it is estimated that by 2020, there will be at least 400,000 fewer nurses available to provide care than will be needed. "By varying our programs, we will be able to increase enrollment by offering students alternative possibilities to the traditional class schedule."

Over 600 students are currently enrolled in Cedar Crest's nursing program. Through the program, students must complete a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing, which is the preferred entry level for today's professional nurse. This provides a solid foundation in nursing practice anchored in a strong liberal arts education.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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