UD's fledgling nursing program passed another milestone when Samantha Mulcahy, Theresa Wohldmann and Michelle Keshishian (left to right) were recently admitted into the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University. The three, who are expected to graduate in 2015, are the first students to enter the nursing portion of the program and will begin studies at TWU this fall.
Currently, 21 students are registered for this program, which enables students to earn a bachelor of art degree in biology from UD and a bachelor's of science in nursing from TWU in five years. Students spend three years at UD taking the Core curriculum, participating in the Rome program and working towards their biology degree, before spending the last two years TWU. Next year, four other students will apply to TWU for admission to the nursing program.
"We're excited to have so much interest in this program," said Marcy Brown Marsden, associate professor and chair of biology. "This fall, the first year that the program was available, 12 freshmen declared the cooperative degree program as their major."
Keshishian was grateful to have the opportunity to take advantage of UD's Core curriculum and Rome Program before studying nursing.
"Before choosing UD I looked at other universities with nursing programs, but they did not offer a well-rounded education with core classes like UD's and they didn't offer a study abroad program for nursing students," said Keshishian. "The cooperative degree program is a perfect combination that gives you all the benefits of an education at UD and a license to practice nursing at the end of 5 years."
All three students look forward to a starting their nursing careers.
"I love working with people and trying to help out in any way that I can," said Wohldmann. "I think that's a good personality for a nurse to have!"