President Dr. John MacArthur and other officials from The Master’s College were on hand to welcome more than 75 local healthcare professionals Thursday, Sept. 20 as the school officially kicked off its Nursing Program Support Association (NPSA).
The NPSA’s purpose is to bring together a group of Christian men and women from within the healthcare profession to advise and support the school as it seeks to launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
School officials saw the gathering as an important first step in building bridges into the community that will help the program reach its goals.
“We need to work with people who understand the industry,” said TMC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Alex Granados. “We need to work with people who can help us an academic institution serve within the church and the community. We want to partner with professionals in a way that informs how the theoretical component of education operates within the practical [of serving in the profession].”
MacArthur shared the reasoning behind the college’s pursuit of a nursing program.
“When I think about nursing I think about the opportunity to care for people,” he said.
Referencing a conversation he had with one of the nursing professional present, MacArthur said, “He told me that doctors are concerned about the cure and nurses are concerned about the care. As a college we want to train Christian young people to do this. We want to equip committed young Christians who see this as a gospel mission.”
The NPSA will give doctors and nurses a platform from which to share their insights from the industry with the college. This will help TMC formulate a curriculum that is best suited to meet the ever-changing needs of the population.
Dr. Connie Milton, chairperson of the school’s nursing program, shared with attendees one rationale behind the program – the nation’s aging population.
“By 2030, 20 percent of the country’s population will be over 65,” she said.
Milton believes the NPSA will be instrumental in helping the college meet the rising tide of that need.
“We need to be able to call upon Christian physicians and nurses about matters of curriculum and current practices,” she said. “We need to connect with people who can help us as we develop the program.”
According to school officials, the decision to pursue a BSN program over less rigorous programs such as an RN program stems from the school’s desire to be at the forefront of the industry, rather than pressing to catch up from behind. Current trends indicate that hospitals prefer nurses with BSN degrees.
“We want to have a Bachelor of Nursing program because that’s the gold standard,” MacArthur said. “And we want to be able to produce the best.”
For more information about TMC's nursing program, please visit the nursing program frequently-asked questions page.
- Bob Dickson