Lake-Sumter State College received approval this week from the State Board of Education to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and the news is generating excitement among prospective nursing students.
“In less than 24 hours we have already gotten great response from students in the community through social media. There has been overwhelming excitement and interest in the program already,” says Kevin Yurasek, director of marketing and college relations at LSSC.
The bachelor’s in nursing marks the second four-year program to be offered at LSSC. A four-year degree in organizational management was the first program approved by the state.
“I am very appreciative of the State Board of Education for approving Lake-Sumter State College’s BSN degree,” Dr. Stanley Sidor, president of LSSC, said in a press release following the board’s July 17 approval. “Our BSN degree meets Governor Scott’s $10,000 degree challenge and will allow us to offer an affordable degree with a great employment outlook. We are seeing tremendous population growth in Lake and Sumter Counties and our healthcare systems are also growing to meet that demand.”
LSSC intends to start enrolling students in the first BSN cohort starting August 2018. Additional enrollment details will provided in the coming months.
All three major hospital employers in the area offered their support for the BSN:
“The positive impact the BSN program will have on Orlando Health South Lake Hospital and other healthcare organizations in our community is tremendous,” Orlando Health South Lake Hospital President John Moore said in the press release. “This program will enhance our local workforce and help strengthen the entire region by affording additional educational opportunities and allowing for career advancements in healthcare.”
“It is essential that we continue to support the development of educational pathways that will prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals,” added Don Henderson, president and CEO of Central Florida Health—the not-for-profit parent company of Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages® Regional Hospital. “The addition of a BSN program through Lake Sumter State College represents a major step in the right direction and will ensure that organizations like ours will be able to continue to provide high-quality medical care to the communities we serve.”
“Nurses are in great demand, as the traditional nurse now has many options to specialize in advance practice, management and clinical support roles requiring nursing expertise,” says Abel Biri, President and CEO of Florida Hospital Waterman. “By continually improving and offering a higher level of educational excellence at local state colleges, baccalaureate prepared nurses can be educated and remain in their community, taking on management and other leadership roles.”
Lake-Sumter State College, Valencia College, Eastern Florida State College and Seminole State College of Florida have worked collaboratively with the University of Central Florida to develop BSN degree programs at each institution.
About Lake-Sumter State College
Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 7,000 students annually at three locations: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. LSSC offers certificate and degree programs designed to support and prepare students for today’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Through a DirectConnect partnership with the University of Central Florida, students graduating with an Associate in Arts are guaranteed admission to the UCF. Learn more about LSSC at www.lssc.edu.