New Wesleyan nursing program preparing for students

Those interested in Wesleyan College’s new nursing degree will be able to begin preparations this fall to enroll in the program.

Students will be able to take preliminary courses for Wesleyan’s bachelor of science in nursing program during the fall semester, which begins Aug. 22, according to a school news release. Junior-level nursing courses will begin fall 2013. Students can also begin to submit their applications to the nursing program in September.

The priority deadline for the program is Feb. 1, 2013, and applications sent after that will be accepted based on available space.Wesleyan’s nursing program will focus on women’s health and holistic nursing and include courses to prepare students for nursing leadership and management roles.

The program received initial approval in July from the Georgia Board of Nursing, and full approval is expected later on. The program is expected to gain approval from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing/Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges.

Dr. Judy Wright Lott, formerly the dean at Baylor University’s nursing school, is the founding dean of nursing at Wesleyan. Sirena Sawyer Fritz, previously nursing programs chairwoman at Macon State College, will be the program’s director and assistant professor of learning, and Dr. Teresa Kochera, who was an associate professor of nursing at Macon State, will serve as associate professor.