Nursing Finds a New Home at Johnson & Wales
Johnson & Wales’ new accelerated second degree nursing program reinforces the university’s commitment to high-quality healthcare education.
Johnson & Wales University is expanding its commitment to healthcare education with the launch of a new, innovative nursing degree program. The accelerated timeline will allow learners who already have a bachelor’s degree to receive full qualification in just sixteen months.
The new program builds on Johnson & Wales’ strong healthcare foundation. In 2014, the university was the first higher education institution in the state to offer a Physician Assistant Studies Master’s Degree program, followed by the launch of the pioneering entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program in 2019.
The accelerated, sixteen-month nursing program is highly competitive, and allows students the opportunity to combine classroom learning with hands-on clinical experience through partnerships with health care providers across Rhode Island. As a second degree program, students will be required to have completed a bachelor’s degree, as well as certain prerequisite courses such as chemistry and human anatomy and physiology.
“Rhode Island, like the rest of the country, is experiencing a critical shortage of nursing professionals,” says Sandra G. Affenito, Ph.D., vice chancellor of academic administration. “Between the COVID-19 pandemic and retirements, our healthcare system has been pushed to its limit. We are proud to offer this program to make nursing more accessible to those interested in a career change.”
Johnson & Wales leverages five decades of academic excellence in legacy programs like hospitality and the culinary arts, to inform programming university-wide. When it comes to health care, Johnson & Wales focuses on a full-body approach to wellness. As is the case in all health and wellness degree programs offered at the university, nursing students will be required to complete nutrition coursework, working within a food as medicine framework. Hospitality influences all aspects of interpersonal communication, from a welcoming bedside manner to clear, direct communication to help patients better understand their bodies and diagnoses.
Suzan Menihan, DNP, CNM, has come on board to serve as Johnson & Wales’ chief nursing officer and the director of the nursing program.
“Our graduates will be ready to hit the ground running on day one of their career, with real-world experience already under their belt,” Menihan says. “The accelerated timeline will allow us to help meet the needs of Rhode Island’s changing health care landscape.”
The first cohort of nursing students is slated to start in fall 2023, and is set to complete the program by December 2024. Learn more about the program at the link below.