Misericordia University and Geisinger Health System have partnered to offer discounted tuition to Geisinger employees interested in growing their careers by enrolling in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs beginning with the spring semester.
The agreement allows Geisinger nurses who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to enroll in the RN to BSN program. BSN registered nurses also can work toward an advanced practice degree. Misericordia University is offering the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN to Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP), and BSN to DNP degrees. The program also includes the Part-Time Accelerated Evening BSN program. The discounted tuition ranges from 20 to 30 percent for eligible participants.
“The Geisinger name is synonymous with quality patient care and innovative health care practices,’’said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph. D., president of Misericordia University. “We are proud to partner with Geisinger and play a role in the system’s ongoing efforts to offer a highly trained and educated nursing staff for their patients.’’
“This valuable partnership with Misericordia University supports our nurses’ efforts to broaden their academic knowledge, to keep current with changes in their field and to increase their potential for growth within Geisinger,’’ said Maryann E. Cortese-Rubino, Geisinger northeast associate vice president for nursing services. “Nurses are on the front lines of health care, and this partnership helps our nurses to continue providing quality, compassionate care for our patients.’’
The discounts may be combined with other scholarships and awards.
Geisinger continues to offer tuition reimbursement to all employees for work-related courses and degrees. Employees who satisfactorily complete the course can receive an annual reimbursement up to $2,500.
Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the area and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time accelerated evening program for adult students; and the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs are designed to meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students. They all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
The MSN nursing program is designed to meet the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. Misericordia also offers a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner for nurses who already have an advanced clinical master’s degree and who wish to change or expand their practice focus to primary care. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education in health assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health conditions with expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. Graduate programming leads to the MSN and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one-day-a-week format.
The University also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in two formats to accommodate the needs of busy health care professionals.
For more information please call (570) 674-6791 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/geisinger.For additional information about the nursing program, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/nursing.