PVCC Announces Nursing Program Expansion in Partnership with UVA Medical Center
Charlottesville, Va. – October 1, 2021 – Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is delighted to announce the expansion of its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, made possible through a partnership with the University of Virginia Medical Center and philanthropic support from an anonymous donor. The UVA Health contribution of $400,000 over a three-year period, along with the $300,000 private contribution, positions PVCC to elevate its direct impact on the shortage of nurses in Central Virginia.
The ADN program currently accepts 100 students each fall, turning away hundreds of qualified candidates each year due to space, faculty and other resource limitations. The expansion allows for the addition of 50 nursing students per year and includes a commitment by UVA Health to provide clinical opportunities for the students. Most PVCC nursing graduates stay in Central Virginia with UVA Medical Center employing approximately 30 PVCC nursing graduates each year. The current program graduates students in May; the program extension affords the opportunity to produce nursing graduates in December, increasing the overall volume of available resources and providing a constant flow of qualified nurses for the area.
“We are excited to partner with PVCC to provide more Central Virginia residents with the opportunity to fill a vital role in our community by becoming nurses,” said Wendy Horton, UVA Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer. “The need for highly skilled nurses has never been greater, and we look forward to welcoming even more PVCC nursing graduates to care for our patients.”
The philanthropic support from UVA and community members enables PVCC to significantly advance facilities at its Giuseppe Center in Greene County, VA. This includes upgrading two skills labs to match those at the PVCC main campus and the purchase of a high-fidelity simulator for students to participate in simulations. The support also enables PVCC to add two additional full-time nursing faculty.
“As the community’s college, PVCC seeks to be flexible and responsive to the workforce needs in Central Virginia. Expanding our nursing program has been a long-term goal. We are extremely grateful for the generous philanthropic support the UVA Medical Center and other community members have provided to make this goal a reality,” shared PVCC President Frank Friedman. “We are equally delighted to be able to elevate our partnership with the UVA Medical Center. This expansion will not only help address the critical nursing shortage in our community, but also provide our students with the opportunity to prepare for work in rewarding and high-demand careers.”
The PVCC ADN program is continually ranked among the best in Virginia and earned a top 20 ranking in Nursing Schools Almanac 2020 rankings. Graduates of the program become Registered Nurses after passing the state licensure exam. These Registered Nurses generally stay in Central Virginia with many working at UVA Medical Center, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, doctors’ offices and long term care facilities. Annually, more than 200 PVCC students earn degrees and certificates in health-related fields and go on to work in local hospitals and other area health care provider organizations.
PVCC is now accepting applications for the first cohort of nursing students at its Giuseppe Center, with classes beginning in January 2022. To learn more about the PVCC nursing program visit www.pvcc.edu/programs/nursing. Those interested in applying can get started at https://old.pvcc.edu/health_sciences/session/signin. Significant financial aid and scholarships are available to support interested students.
About UVA Health
UVA Health is an academic health system that recently expanded to include four hospitals across Charlottesville, Culpeper and Northern Virginia, along with the UVA School of Medicine, UVA School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. With more than 1,000 inpatient beds, approximately 40,000 inpatient stays annually and more than 1 million outpatient encounters annually at UVA Health, more than 1,000 employed and independent physicians provide high-quality, comprehensive and specialized care to patients across the Commonwealth and beyond. Founded in 1819 as just the 10th medical school in America, the UVA School of Medicine – with 21 clinical departments, eight basic science departments and six research centers – consistently attracts some of the nation’s most prominent researchers to develop breakthrough treatments to benefit patients around the world. Those research efforts are backed by more than $200 million in grant funding. UVA Medical Center is recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia for children by U.S. News & World Report, with five specialties rated among the top in America. More than 230 UVA physicians are honored on the Best Doctors in America list. For more information, resources, and to follow us on social media, please visit uvahealth.com.
About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential and excellence in all programs and services. Visit www.pvcc.edu.
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