UD Kicks of nursing program with TWU

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Ghianda Becerril
Contributing Writer

The five-year nursing program is now available to students at the University of Dallas.

After last year’s proposal with Texas Women’s University, UD students can now enroll in a set, five-year nursing program that will allow them to graduate with two degrees, a B.A. in biology from UD and a B.S. in nursing from TWU.

This program will give students the opportunity to earn a degree in a liberal arts university while still obtaining a pre-medical education. Dr. Frank Doe, biology professor, and Dr. Charles W. Eaker, dean of Constantin College, met with TWU’s science faculty and set up a course curriculum for the new five-year program.

Students interested in this program can complete a biology degree in three years at UD and their nursing degree at TWU in two years.

“We began this program mainly because there is a shortage of nurses in this country,” said Doe.

Although this program can be completed in just five years, faculty recommends that students interested in the program start it out as freshmen. This rigorous program requires a full load of classes in order to fulfill the core requirements of UD as well as courses required by TWU.

Current sophomores or juniors majoring in biology, however, can still make arrangements to be in the program as long as they have completed the required courses.

While a nursing program with St. Paul’s University was available to students in the early 1960s, it was terminated by 1969.

“One of the things that interested me was that in many of the parishes there is a parish nurse,” said Doe.

Doe said that UD students who graduate from the nursing program would be very well equipped to exercise their role as nurses in a parish.

UD nursing students will still need to be accepted into TWU in order to complete the program in five years. UD students will apply to TWU’s earlier “special” nursing admissions program at the beginning of their junior year, Feb. 1, and wait to be accepted by the beginning of the summer on June 1.

“If they follow the plan, a student will likely be able to graduate with their class from UD,” said Doe.

Along with the nursing program, a five-year engineering program was also proposed last year with University of Texas at Arlington. Although a set curriculum has not yet been approved with UTA, UD is still working on providing students with a program that will work with their studies. Under the proposed program with UTA, students pursuing an engineering career would require a B.A. in physics from UD as well as an engineering degree from UTA.

This program would give students the opportunity to also gain a liberal arts education from UD in four years and complete an engineering degree from UTA during their last year.

While the program is still being worked out, UD students still have the option of receiving a pre-engineering degree.

“Many people seem to think the entire idea of having a pre-engineering program at UD is new – It is not,” Dr. Sally F. Hicks, physics professor, said.

According to Hicks, a pre-engineering program similar to the one with UTA was available in 1989 with Washington University in St. Louis. The program was later discontinued, however, because UD was not sending enough students. A similar program was also started with University of Texas-Dallas in 1989.

“The program proposed with UTA is to give us the ability to show a student an exact path to an engineering degree, similar to what we had before,” said Hicks.

Even though the five-year engineering program is still under process, the admissions office still advertises pre-engineering. Students are still able to make arrangements if they decide they want to pursue an engineering degree.

“While it is possible for us to tailor a program for someone, the official agreement would certainly make things easier,” said Hicks.

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