Leadership Profile

Reading Hospital Chooses Cedar Crest for Onsite MSN

Reading Hospital and Medical Center has chosen Cedar Crest College to deliver an accredited master of science in nursing (MSN) program to its nurses. This partnership will enable nurses at the hospital with a bachelor’s degree in nursing to take onsite courses one day a week and earn a master of science in nursing degree with a focus in nursing administration. The program, which is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), can be completed in two years.

This program is one way in which the hospital is meeting and even exceeding the recommendations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which suggests that at least 80 percent of direct care nurses be prepared at the BSN level by 2020. By providing the Cedar Crest MSN program on site, the hospital is making education even more accessible to its nurses.

“From the quality of the program to its onsite delivery, the Cedar Crest College master of science in nursing program meets all of our needs,” said Reading Hospital’s Acting Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Romig. “We are very happy to be able to provide this program to our nurses and look forward to a long-lasting and valuable partnership.”

This MSN is identical to the program taught at Cedar Crest College, and will include instruction by the same faculty members who teach on the Allentown campus. In addition to nurses at Reading Hospital, the 38-credit program is open to nurses who work in the surrounding area. When all is said and done, it should make a positive impact on the community.

“Reading is a huge area. The hospital is going through major expansion right now and the community has a lot of needs,” said Wendy Robb, Ph.D., chairperson and director of the nursing program at Cedar Crest College. “We are very excited about helping the hospital and its nurses to reach their potential and serve the community to the fullest.”

Cedar Crest College’s MSN program at Reading Hospital and Medical Center will launch on Tuesday afternoons this August with a maximum of 25 students.

For information call 610-437-4471 ext. 3428.