Baton Rouge General plans to affiliate with William Carey University to offer a four-year bachelors degree in nursing beginning this fall.
The three-decade-old Baton Rouge General School of Nursing recently accepted its final class of students under its current two-year diploma program, closing in December 2019.
“As health care changes, the way we educate nurses is also changing,” Monica Nijoka, the General's chief nursing officer. “We see this affiliation as the best of both worlds, combining Baton Rouge General’s nursing experience in patient care with William Carey’s academic expertise.”
The General's two-year program typically graduates 35-40 nurses each year. Since 1984, it has graduated nearly 1,000 of Louisiana’s nurses.
The agreement with Hattiesburg, Mississippi-based William Carey will grow that capacity with a bachelor of science in nursing. William Carey University at Baton Rouge General Medical Center will offer an 18-month curriculum along with William Carey’s current online registered nurse to bachelor's in nursing bridge program. As the university expands, the offerings may include additional educational opportunities in health care.
Students will be on campus beginning the summer 2018 term and completing required courses prior to beginning the program in August.