DANVILLE – Pre-nursing students can earn a baccalaureate degree from the Lakeview College of Nursing on Eastern Illinois University's campus for at least another five years.
Lakeview and Eastern officials recently extended a deal that allows the nursing college to hold classes at the Charleston campus through 2011.
"EIU's cooperation with (Lakeview) embraces the goals of EIU and the Illinois State Board of Higher Education to develop partnerships, to increase access to quality education and to support economic growth," Mary Anne Hanner, dean of Eastern's College of Sciences, said in a news release.
Amy McFadden, Lakeview's coordinator of recruitment and marketing, said the BSN program at Eastern has grown dramatically since the college opened the satellite site in the fall of 2001. That semester, 10 students enrolled in the program.
The current enrollment is 116, she said.
McFadden said the program's growth, along with the continued partnership, prompted Lakeview to open a new Nursing Skills Lab. Located at 580 W. Lincoln, Charleston, the lab offers students a comfortable, spacious environment where they can get hands-on experience, Lakeview Chief Executive Officer Dick Shockey said.
"Students are excited to have the new lab location close to campus," he said in the release. "And we are thrilled to have it equipped with everything the students need as they begin their fundamental coursework."
Since opening its Charleston campus, Lakeview has graduated 89 students, said Sara Rich Wheeler, Lakeview's dean.
"The primary reason we began this partnership was to contribute to the ever-growing need for professional nurses," she said. "Our graduation rate for the students on this campus proves that we have done a good job of this, and the continuation of the agreement will allow us to do that for years to come."
Lakeview has provided students with a nursing education in the Danville area since 1894.