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February 2016

Exclusive OSU-OKC Program to Benefit Future Nurses

OSU-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) recently launched the Classroom to Nurse Program, an initiative that seeks to academically support low-income students pursuing a career in the thriving nursing field and prepare them for real-world experience in health care.

The program, made possible by a grant from Telligen Community Initiative (TCI), encourages students through targeted training and supplemental instruction. University faculty and administrators ensure the students are equipped with the tools they need to succeed academically and in the workforce.

“We are excited about this program because of the great need to add nursing professionals to the workforce,” said Matt McGarvey, TCI executive director. “The grant resources provided to the Classroom to Nurse Program not only boost interest in health careers and assist in education but also provide students with a pathway to success that will ultimately benefit health care in the state of Oklahoma.”

One of the defining characteristics of the program is the Nursing Success Coach. To combat dropout rates as well as low test scores, the Nursing Success Coach provides tutoring during class and works alongside professors to provide supplemental instruction. The additional instruction is targeted toward students in later semesters when the difficulty of material increases.

The overarching goal of the Classroom to Nurse Program is to empower any student to pursue an interest in the medical field by providing additional academic support and training.

“The emphasis this program places on collaboration and group learning provides an excellent forum for peer-to-peer feedback, problem-solving and program completion,” said Danyel Germain, OSU-OKC health sciences division head.

For more information on OSU-OKC’s nurse science program, visit www.osuokc.edu/nursing.

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