Mon August 4, 2003
Western Ok. State College, Cameron Partner for Nursing
Lawton, Ok. – Cameron University was the host for the signing of a new agreement for an educational venture including Cameron, Western Oklahoma State College, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Southwestern Medical Center, Duncan Regional Hospital plus Memorial Hospital and Physicians Group of Frederick in July.
The cost for the program, to be funded by the medical partnership, to allow students to study nursing through the educational partnership between CU and WOSC is expected to be more tha $400,000 this first fiscal year, and $300,000 the second year.
Starting with the Fall '03 semester, WOSC faculty based at Cameron will provide registered nursing instruction and supervise required clinical experience at Lawton hospitals. Nursing students from the Lawton area take prerequisite general education and support courses at Cameron that can be transferred fully toward an associate degree in nursing at WOSC.
Interactive distance learning will be part of the experience and students completing the registered nursing course of study can earn an associate degree from Western, then have the opporutnity to continue working toward a bachelor's degree through the University of Oklahoma program taught at Cameron.
During the '03-'04 year, instruction for the program will be for sophomore level students only, expanding to include freshmen the next year.
Research conducted by Cameron indicates the current output of qualified registered nurses is not enough to keep up with demand. Critical nursing shortages are being reported from all sectors of the health care community and the new veteran's facility in Lawton is expected to increase the demand for qualified nurses in Southwest Oklahoma.
For more information on the program, contact Western Oklahoma State College or Cameron University Admissions.