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Contact: Jessica Novak
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Date Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Topic: Holden University Center expands degree offerings, Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Social Work programs begin this fall
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The Holden University Center of Lakeland will add two new programs for the fall 2014 semester.

The Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing will launch a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Youngstown State University (YSU) will introduce a Master of Social Work (MSW) on Lakeland’s Kirtland campus.

Master of Science in Nursing – Ursuline College

In an effort to meet the demand for more healthcare professionals, Ursuline’s MSN degree program will be available in two tracks: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner.

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nurses is expected to grow 19 percent through 2022, mainly due to the aging population and increased access to healthcare.

"Nurses who hold master’s degrees are extremely important to the future of U.S. healthcare and its recipients especially as our country adopts the Affordable Care Act,” said Patricia Sharpnack, DNP, RN, who is associate dean and associate professor at the Ursuline Breen School of Nursing.

“This MSN degree program allows nurses who already hold a bachelor’s degree to advance their education to serve as adult or gerontological primary care, or family care nurse practitioners. These nurses will be invaluable as care providers in the future."

Master of Social Work –Youngstown State University

YSU will begin offering its MSW professional program to meet the demand for social services professionals. Study will include theoretical and applied courses in social work, and internship opportunities under the supervision of professional social workers in regional social service agencies.

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is expected to grow 19 percent through 2022, mainly due to increased demand from the healthcare and social services sectors.

“Based on the success of the bachelor’s degree program at the Holden University Center, we are pleased to offer the MSW program to provide more advanced social work professionals to the Northeast Ohio,” said Dr. Dennis P. Morawski, department chair and associate professor of social work at YSU.

“The program will utilize Lake County-area social service agencies to provide our students with internship opportunities. Graduates of this program will be ready to take on professional roles in mental health, family services and healthcare.”

The MSW program emphasizes advanced social work practice with individuals and families, the client strengths perspective, and social services leadership. The three-year, 60-semester curriculum includes course work in the first year, and a combination of course work and internships in the second and third years of the program.

Graduate programs at the Holden University Center

“These two new programs provide additional academic pathways for Lakeland graduates, bachelor’s degree partnership students, and working adults in high-demand fields to further their education in Lake County,” said Dr. Morris W. Beverage Jr., president at Lakeland.

Ursuline’s MSN and Youngstown’s MSW will join the established Master of Business Administration from Lake Erie College. These three graduate programs allow the Holden University Center to offer a convenient way for people in and around Lake County to further their education while staying close to home.

About the Holden University Center

Established in fall 2011, the Holden University Center of Lakeland Community College offers convenient access to complete bachelor’s and graduate degrees from a variety of leading colleges and universities.

Built in response to the community’s request for accessibility to high education, the Holden University Center has brought 14 bachelor’s degree programs and three graduate degree programs from seven university partners within reach of Lake County residents.

For more information, visit or call 440.525.7535.

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