The Welch College Nursing Education Collaborative will move into an important new phase in the fall of 2019, according to Dr. Charles Lea, Special Assistant to the President at Welch and originator of the collaborative design. Welch College graduates will enter the Union University Hendersonville School of Nursing bachelor’s program as a new cohort.

“As a part of the original design, students who desire a bachelor’s degree in Nursing may enter Welch College, complete an associate’s degree and be assured acceptance to the School of Nursing at Union Hendersonville,” Lea said. “Welch College pre-nursing students can take advantage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship and utilize on-campus housing during both their associate’s and bachelor’s studies at Welch.”

Dr. Ian Hawkins, Chairman of Arts and Sciences at Welch, hails the collaborative as unique, giving students a seamless path to a Nursing career. Welch graduates also have opportunities under the Collaborative to attend either Belmont University or Cumberland University. Welch graduates have taken advantage of these options as well.

Sumner Regional Medical Center and the HighPoint Healthcare system have been strategic partners to advance the Collaborative efforts. A graduate from Welch Nursing Collaborative recently began her nursing career at Sumner Regional.

New and transfer students may still apply and be admitted at Welch for the fall 2019 term. Opportunities for traditional and working adults are available. For more information, contact Dr. Ian Hawkins at 615-675-5255 or email him at Ihawkins@welch.edu

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