FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2010
CONTACTS: UW Bothell - Elizabeth Fischtziur (425) 352-3636, firstname.lastname@example.org Providence Regional Medical Center Everett - Cheri Russum (425) 304-0591, email@example.com EvCC and University Center: Katherine Schiffner (425) 388-9554, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell will offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing in Everett through the University Center of North Puget Sound starting in Fall 2010.
"This is a monumental step forward in training highly qualified nurses to care for this community. For Providence Regional, it is an extension of the great educational partnership that already exists between EvCC, UW Bothell and Providence. This collaborative effort in bringing this program to Everett is a win-win for everyone involved," says David Brooks, CEO, Providence Regional Medical Center.
Authorization for the program is provided by House Bill 2694, signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire April 23. This year, the program will enroll up to 25 full-time equivalent students. Eventually, as many as 50 full-time equivalent students could be served.
UW Bothell currently offers the RN-to-BSN program at its Bothell campus, as well as Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon. It is the only publicly funded RN-to-BSN program with face-to-face instruction to King, Snohomish, Island, Skagit, Whatcom and San Juan Counties and annually graduates the largest numbers of RBN students in the state.
Says UW Bothell Chancellor Kenyon Chan, "This partnership offers north Puget Sound residents another access point to receive this highly sought-after degree. We are glad to partner with the Everett community to fulfill this need."House Bill 2694 was authored by Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett who guided it through the legislative process with support from Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, and the City of Everett, UW Bothell, Everett Community College and the University Center of North Puget Sound.
"Bringing UW-Bothell's outstanding nursing program to Everett gives students the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Everett Community College or other area schools and stay close to home to complete a bachelor's degree," EvCC president David Beyer said.
"This partnership helps meet the need for more four-year degrees in our area and benefits our entire community by offering advanced education and training to the nurses who serve our community."
The University Center of North Puget Sound is administered by Everett Community College with a mission to bring bachelors and masters degree programs to North Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties.
For additional information about the program and to apply visit:
www.uwb.edu/nursing or the University Center of North Puget Sound, www.uceverett.org
About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.
About Providence Regional: Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is a tertiary referral center serving five counties with comprehensive, not-for-profit, mission-based health care. In addition to its award-winning cardiac services, critical care and vascular care, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett also offers general medical and surgical care, and specialized treatment in areas such as oncology, newborn intensive care, orthopedics, neurosurgery, trauma, and pediatrics. Providence Regional Medical Center Everett has two campuses located at 1321 Colby and 916 Pacific Avenue in Everett. For more
information, visit www.providence.org
About University Center of North Puget Sound: University Center offers more than 20 bachelor's and master's degree programs on the Everett Community College's campus, and supports a dozen online degree programs from colleges and universities including Central Washington University (Everett and Mt Vernon), Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, Washington State University (online), Western Washington University, Hope International University and Saint Martin's University.