INDIANAPOLIS – The United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis is developing a new on-site nursing degree program for UM-related Clarian Health in a three-year federally funded effort to broaden the pipeline for healthcare careers in Indiana.

The goal of the $2.4 million initiative is to help hospital employees move up the career ladder, freeing entry-level healthcare positions for jobseekers displaced by cutbacks in manufacturing and other industries. The funding is part of a federal stimulus package provided by the U.S. Department of Labor through the Indianapolis Private Industry Council.

New program

The new Associate of Science in Nursing program will be provided at Methodist Hospital for specially selected employees at that and other Clarian facilities, preparing them for positions as registered nurses. Beginning this fall, it will accept 24 students each year for the next three years.

The program expands UIndy’s ongoing partnership with Clarian Health that already includes an on-site bachelor’s degree program for RNs and a Master of Science in Nursing program, with specialties in nursing education and nursing and health systems leadership.

“With the establishment of this associate’s degree program, UIndy now provides a full spectrum of on-site nursing education options for Clarian employees,” said Anne Thomas, interim dean of the UIndy School of Nursing. “These tailored programs address gaps in local health care, such as the shortage of registered nurses, while helping Clarian meets its staffing needs and helping those employees advance their careers.”

Nursing at UIndy

The University of Indianapolis began its nursing program in 1959 and has remained at the forefront of nursing education with its Master of Science offerings, which include an MSN/MBA dual-degree program and the state’s only graduate program in nurse-midwifery. The Accelerated Master’s Program for career-changers admitted its first students in 2009, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program is scheduled to begin in 2011.

Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis

“UIndy now provides a full spectrum of on-site nursing education options for Clarian employees.”

– Anne Thomas

UIndy campus center