Indian Hills and William Penn begin nursing program partnership

A partnership between Indian Hills Community College and William Penn University will help aspiring nurses take the next steps in their careers.

Beginning in the fall semester of this year, registered nurses who have completed their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at IHCC can enroll in William Penn's RN-BSN completion program. The seamless transition was a natural fit for both Indian Hills and William Penn.

"Indian Hills has always had a strong partnership with our ADN graduates who go on for their Bachelor's degree," said Dr. Jill Budde, Dean of Health Sciences at Indian Hills. "Recently, we signed an articulation agreement so graduating students can go right into the bachelor's program at William Penn and complete it in a really short amount of time."

The program is aimed to be a seamless transition, so a nurse can work while in the program. They will also not have to leave the Ottumwa campus.

"So they can start working, pass their boards, start working and they come into our program and it is one say a week and it is a hybrid," said Brenda Krogh-Duree, William Penn Program Director for Nursing. "So we will be placed here on campus and we are a hybrid model, we meet some face-to-face one day a week for four semesters."

"We think this brings them the opportunity to not have to go through the nervousness or the apprehension of starting at a new college," Dr. Budde added. "Even though they will be William Penn students, they'll still be here at the comfort of the Ottumwa campus at Indian Hills."

The first cohort will be held on Wednesday, August 27. To learn more about the bachelor's program at William Penn, click here.