Sentara School of Health Professions Introduces Distance Learning Program
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Norfolk, Va., January 31, 2007 - Long regarded as a high quality provider of clinical education, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital School of Nursing – part of the Sentara School of Health Professions – is extending its program to the peninsula. Beginning in the Fall of 2007, the School will offer its program via distance learning at the ODU Peninsula Higher Education Center in Hampton, Virginia.

A new year, a new option for nursing education
The classroom component of the RN program will be broadcast live from the Sentara School of Health Professions. Students at ODU’s Peninsula Higher Education Center will have the ability to interact real time with Sentara instructors and students at the School’s flagship location in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake, Virginia.

“We strive to develop a curriculum that focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to provide the highest quality care,” said Shelly Cohen, Director of the Sentara School of Health Professions.

“Extending the reach of our program through distance learning allows us to offer more options to people who may live or work on the peninsula.”

The same quality education closer to home
The traditional RN program is 22 months in length and is composed of lecture and skills laboratory experiences and clinical experiences 4-5 days per week. While lecture and skills lab experiences are offered in the classroom setting, the hands-on clinical experiences are provided in facilities throughout the Sentara system. For peninsula students, that includes Sentara’s two newest hospitals in Hampton and Williamsburg.

“Old Dominion University is pleased to provide the technical support for the delivery of Sentara’s RN program,“ said Dr. Nancy Cooley, Interim Vice Provost for Distance Learning at Old Dominion. “ODU shares Sentara’s goal of making high quality education more convenient and accessible for busy adults who are trying to meet the needs of family and work while attending class.”

A proven track record
The Sentara School of Health Professions has a proven track record in nursing education. The State Board pass rate for the RN Class of May 2006 was 100%.

“Our goal as nursing educators, particularly in this time of true nursing shortage, is to continue implementing effective strategies to attract and educate greater numbers of talented people to this rewarding profession,” added Cohen. “We are proud of all of our programs and we are so pleased to be able to provide more people with access to our RN program.”


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