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PCC nursing program signs on with OCNE
Photos and Story by James Hill
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On Wednesday, Feb. 11 Linda Gerber (center), Sylvania Campus president, signs a membership agreement with the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education at Portland Community College’s largest campus. Looking on, left to right, behind her are Marilyn McGuire-Sessions (PCC nursing director), John Saito (division dean of Health Professions, Early Childhood and Physical Education) and Louise Shores (executive director of OCNE).
The nursing program’s curriculum will be overhauled beginning in 2010 and the college will admit nursing students under new guidelines as part of its membership with OCNE (www.ocne.org), which requires common admission criteria among participating community colleges. One set of admission standards will offer a fair opportunity for everyone applying to nursing school. Another bonus: belonging to OCNE affords PCC students the chance to obtain their bachelor’s degree in nursing through the Oregon Health & Science University.
“I am so proud of the efforts of our nursing faculty, which have led to the opportunity to become an OCNE member,” Gerber said. “Our nursing community partnerships, such as what we have with OCNE, strengthen both our nursing program and our ability to educate nursing students."