Methodist College More Than Just Nursing
Beginning in Fall 2012, Methodist College of Nursing will offer
two newly approved programs that will expand the College’s curriculum beyond
nursing, resulting in a name change to Methodist College to better reflect the
wider variety of offerings available. The new Health Science Degree and
Gerontology Certification programs will give students a wider variety of health-related
career paths to choose from.
Dr. Kimberly Johnston, President of the College, said the
new programs were added after assessing the need for health science education
in the community. “In working with community college administrators, speaking
with community leaders, conducting surveys and staying up-to-date with national
trends in nursing and health care education, we were able to identify educational
programs that are in demand by the citizens of local and surrounding
The purpose of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences
is to prepare graduates of health science fields such as physical Therapy
Assistants, Radiologic Technicians, and other associate degree health science
programs to become leaders and managers within health care organizations as
well as prepare for graduate level degree education. . The curriculum will
provide insight into administrative practices including supervision, strategic
planning, and change management, as well as quality assurance, policy and
The purpose of the Gerontology Certificate program is to
prepare current and prospective personnel within the health care and human
service sectors the ability to provide services appropriate for an increasing
population of aging clients.
Methodist College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning
Commission, North Central Association, and the nursing program is accredited by
the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Dr. Johnston said the College is planning to offer a Master
in Nursing Degree program as well. Students will be able to choose from two tracks—the
first will allow them to become Family Nurse Practitioners and the second, a
Nurse Educator. The college has scheduled a fall semester 2013 start date for
this new program.
Dr. Johnston emphasizes that Methodist College will continue
to grow to meet the educational and health care needs of our community through
the continued development of health care programs.
Visit the new Methodist College website at: www.methodistcol.edu