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Lackawanna College To Launch Two-year Nursing Program

BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL, STAFF WRITERJune 6, 2019

SCRANTON — In an effort to address a regional nursing shortage, Lackawanna College will launch the only two-year registered nurse program in Lackawanna County.

The new associate of science degree in nursing program will begin in fall 2020, with a goal of 25 students in the initial class.

“It’s an exciting opportunity, and it’s much needed for the region,” college President Mark Volk said at Thursday’s announcement.

The program will take half the time of a traditional bachelor’s degree in nursing and will prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) and directly enter the workforce. Graduates could then enroll in the college’s online RN-to-BSN program, a program for nurses who are already practitioners but want extra training and a bachelor’s degree.

The college will use a $500,000 grant from the Moses Taylor Foundation to outfit a state-of-the-art simulation skills lab that will be used by the students in the program.

Tuition has not been set, but could be slightly higher than other programs at the college, Volk said.

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