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UT Tyler and LETU Partner to Prepare Nurses
LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford (left) and UT Tyler President Dr. Rodney H. Mabry. On Jan. 19, UT Tyler and LeTourneau University announced and signed a collaborative agreement that is one of the first public-private partnerships in the state of Texas to broaden educational opportunities for nursing students.
To meet the nations’ extreme demand for registered nurses, LeTourneau University’s School of Arts and Sciences is partnering with The University of Texas at Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences who will provide nursing training to LETU students.
Pending accreditation approvals, LETU students will be able to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences (BAHS) from LETU and a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) from UT Tyler in a four-year program (including summers) that utilizes UT Tyler’s Longview University Center nursing education program.
“Since I came to LeTourneau University from UT Tyler in 2007, I have looked for opportunities for these two fine institutions to work together,” said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. “With the critical need for quality nurses, this dual-degree program was a great place to start collaborating.”
“We are fusing our exceptional, Christ-centered education with global exposure and mentoring by LETU faculty with the expert instruction of UT Tyler’s nursing professionals and their recognized status within the medical community,” said LETU School of Arts and Sciences dean Dr. Amiel Jarstfer. “The UT Tyler pass rate for the nurse licensing exam is consistently above 93 percent, and job placement is about 99 percent. Our goal is to give our students the advantage of UT Tyler’s 35 years of experience educating nurses and their prestige of being one of the largest and most sought-after nursing programs in Texas.”
As students meet specified grade point average and LETU prerequisites, they will gain placement in UT Tyler’s nursing school. This new program functions via a Memorandum of Understanding between LETU and UT Tyler. Students interested in the nursing program may apply to LETU for the Health Sciences major, scheduled to begin in Fall 2010. Applicants will be admitted upon the program’s approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which accredits both universities.
The program will include traditional face-to-face classroom study, online courses and hands-on hospital experience and global service-learning experience opportunities. Three academic years will be spent studying first at LETU during fall and spring semesters, with summer online classes added in, followed by four semesters (summer, fall, spring and summer) at the UT Tyler Longview campus where students will complete clinical course requirements and earn BSN degrees in preparation to take the RN Licensure examination. LETU nursing students would begin clinical observation during their freshman year.
Since the nursing courses will be taught in Longview, nursing students would be able to live on the LETU campus all four years, enjoying the complete residential college experience and participating in student organizations, intramural activities and chapels.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.