Professor John Wells, Head of the School of Health Science and Dr Suzanne Denieffe , Head of the Department of Nursing recently visited Columbus Technical College (CTC) and Columbus State University (CSU) in Georgia in the United States.
Professor John Wells, Head of the School of Health Science and Dr Suzanne Denieffe , Head of the Department of Nursing recently visited Columbus Technical College (CTC) and Columbus State University (CSU) in Georgia in the United States. The purpose of the visit was to consolidate collaborative relationships between the School of Health Sciences and the two American higher education institutes.
The Department of Nursing and Health Care in partnership with Columbus Technical College and Columbus State University have developed an innovative international education initiative. This initiative relates to the recognition of prior learning of graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Care in relation to entry to nurse education within the United States.
Pictured l-r: Ms Lynn Harris, Director, School of Nursing, CTC, Dr Cheryl Smith , Director, School of Nursing, CSU, Dr Suzanne Denieffe (WIT), Prof John Wells (WIT) , Dr Lorette Hoover, President, CTC, Dr Ian Bond, Executive Director of the International Centre, Technical College System of Georgia.
This recognition involves studying at Columbus Technical College for one year to become an associate nurse and then transferring to Columbus State University for a further year in order to study for an honours degree in nursing and apply for entry as a registered nurse on the Georgia State Nursing Board.
Following the visit Professor John Wells said ‘ This is an exciting development for both WIT and our American partners, building an innovative relationship based upon a highly original health related course within Ireland’.
Dr Suzanne Denieffe highlighted that ‘The development of these partnerships provides WIT graduates with an opportunity to experience study in an American context and the prospect to practice nursing in the United States if they so wish’.
Dr Lorette Hoover , President of CTC said that “Both Columbus Technical College and Columbus State University have enjoyed collaborating with Waterford Institute of Technology and transcending national boundaries in developing a unique higher education partnership. WIT’s visit to Columbus Georgia was an engaging learning experience as the new president of CTC, and I look forward to visiting WIT with my colleagues from CSU this December.”
The Dean of the College of Education & Health Professions, CSU added that ‘It was delightful to have both Dr Suzanne Denieffe and Professor John Wells on our campus this summer to discuss how the three institutions can work together to provide unique learning experiences for all of our students. Our partnership with WIT is very important, it allows our students to open their eyes and begin to develop a global perspective."
Pictured l-r: Professor John Wells, (WIT) Dr Barbara Chesler, Dean of the College of Education & Health Professions, CSU, Dr Suzanne Denieffe (WIT), Dr Cheryl Smith , Director, School of Nursing, CSU, Ms Stacey Meyers-Prosyniuk, Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programme, CSU, Dr Neil McGrillis, Director of Centre for International Education, CSU
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