Ivy Tech adds nursing school
Ivy Tech Community College is launching its School of Nursing on the Hamilton County campus in January 2023. The program was approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing last week. This will be the College’s 19th nursing location.
In Fall 2021, following approval of Ivy Tech Hamilton County’s campus board and Ivy Tech’s State Board of Trustees, the College committed $1.75 million to the Hamilton County campus to begin construction on a state-of-the-art healthcare lab space that now will also permanently house its CNA and Medical Assisting programs.
“We heard from our community that credentialed nurses were a tremendous need in our area,” said Dr. Stacy Atkinson, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Hamilton County. “We are extremely proud to help address the public health crisis by adding more credentialed nurses into the pipeline.”
The School will admit 20 students for the upcoming spring semester and 20 students for the following fall semester with increases in seats to come. Additionally, the College’s recent partnership with Community Health Network will provide fully paid scholarships for fifteen Ivy Tech Hamilton County students to assist with tuition, course materials, and clinical resources as part of its Scholars Program. Other healthcare partners, including Indiana University Health, have also supported the School with donations to increase nursing enrollment.
“Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Atkinson and her team, we will educate even more highly-skilled nurses that will meet the workforce demand in the Hamilton County region and the State of Indiana,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech.
Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1003 – Nursing Indiana Back to Health, which included provisions that give the College greater ability to expand its nursing programs. By 2025, the College will increase the number of nursing students enrolled by 600. Ivy Tech is the largest Associate Degree in Nursing Program in the nation, annually graduating more than 1,300 nurses (32 percent of all new Registered Nurses in Indiana). Ninety percent of those Ivy Tech graduates work in Indiana.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about Ivy Tech’s School of Nursing can visit the Ivy Tech website.