Orbis Education and Utica College Announce New Nursing Education Partnership

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College plans to expand capacity of accelerated nursing programs, initially serving central and upstate New York

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This unique partnership allows Utica College to expand baccalaureate nursing education to new populations of students

Orbis Education, a leading provider of growth enablement solutions for higher education, announced today that it has finalized an agreement with Utica College to expand access to Utica’s pre-licensure nursing education programs.

The collaboration, when approved by regulators, will allow students to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing through a combination of online learning and on site clinical preparation. The innovative program will blend state-of-the-art distance education learning with onsite skills training and clinical experiences.

“Utica College is a high quality, growth-oriented institution, and we are pleased to announce our collaboration,” said Daniel J. Briggs, CEO of Orbis Education. "We continue to be encouraged by the strong support we have seen from university and healthcare partners to find innovative solutions to the nursing shortage.”

“We are excited about the promise this partnership holds in expanding the reach of Utica College’s nursing programs and further increasing the College’s ability to help meet a growing nursing shortage in New York state and nationally,” Utica College President Todd S. Hutton said. “The philosophies of Utica College and Orbis Education share many tenets, most notably an obligation of social responsiveness and a commitment to incorporating innovation to address critical societal and workforce demands.”

Orbis works transparently to enable accelerated growth from the beginning to the end of this process, including developing relationships with potential college affiliates, scouting clinical locations, conducting all marketing and public relations student recruitment efforts and managing the day-to-day operations. In establishing the new program, Orbis and Utica College will work together to introduce the highest standards in education and healthcare set forth by regulatory bodies and the healthcare industry

“This unique partnership allows Utica College to expand baccalaureate nursing education to new populations of students, and particularly those who are dedicated and highly motivated to enter the nursing field. This is an issue to which the College has been deeply committed for many years,” said Dr. Catherine Brownell, chair and associate professor of nursing at Utica College. “Importantly, we expect this specific delivery model is the opportunity we have to increase the nursing capacity within the same communities in which these students are rooted.”

Utica College has submitted the necessary information for approval to the New York State Department of Education and accreditation officials, and the partners anticipate welcoming the first cohort of students in early 2013.

About Orbis Education

Founded in 2003, Orbis Education creates, markets, and manages collaborative nursing education solutions that help alleviate nursing shortages for hospitals and healthcare systems. Orbis Education enables the growth of existing nursing programs by pairing an academic institution with a healthcare system to offer Board of Nursing-approved, accredited accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing (ABSN) programs. The academic institution provides the curriculum and certain support services such as admissions and financial aid, and the healthcare system provides the clinical rotations. In addition to marketing and student recruitment, Orbis Education’s role is to migrate the academic institution’s traditional, on-campus curriculum onto an online platform, maintain and develop the technology infrastructure for online delivery of its programs, and support the growth of faculty and clinical placements. For more information, visit http://www.orbiseducation.com.

About Utica College

Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, enrolls more than 3,700 students in 37 undergraduate, 22 master’s and two doctoral degree programs. For more information, visit http://www.utica.edu.

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