EWC nursing program approved

Eastern Wyoming College has received approval from the Wyoming State Board of Nursing for the new nursing program at the campus in Douglas.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, college officials traveled to Cheyenne to meet briefly with the Board in regard to the application which had been submitted earlier in December.  EWC then received notification later in the day that the board had approved the request.  The new nursing program at the Douglas Campus is the first new nursing program created in the state of Wyoming in 30 years.

“The advancement of this program is a bright spot for us in the midst of gloomy State economic news.  It will allow us to offer more options for students, increase enrollment, strengthen our partnerships with local medical providers, and do our part to help address the nursing shortage in our region.  We are very excited to see this program advance,” shared EWC President Dr. Rick Patterson.

Suzey Delger, EWC’s Director of Nursing, has spent nearly 18 months preparing the application and other items necessary to get the program started.

“We are excited about the possibilities this brings to the Douglas Campus and surrounding EWC service area,” shared Delger.  “We want to thank Memorial Hospital of Converse County for all of their support for this Nursing Program and look forward to working with our potential students.”

EWC has also announced the appointment of April Clark to the position of Nursing Instructor.  She will begin on March 1.  She received her ADN from Mt. San Jacinto College, BSN from CA Baptist University, MSN from University of Phoenix and is currently in a PhD program.   She has 8 years of work experience as a Clinical Nurse and Preceptor, 7 years of Instructor/Faculty experience in Higher Education as RN Clinical Instructor and LVN Faculty and 3 years AHA Instructor and business owner.  Clark and Delger will work to make final preparations to the facility and course work.  The program will begin with twelve students in August, 2016.

The admission process for the nursing program will begin soon.  Interested students should contact Delger at 307.624.7020 or stop by the Douglas Campus located at 800 South Wind River Drive.