Providence Regional Medical Center Everett part of joint partnership to offer bachelor of science in nursing degree 

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