Ward Foundation Funds Nursing Program At Bryan College

April 13, 2020

Thanks to the generosity of the Ward Foundation, $1.2 million will fund Bryan College’s School of Nursing. Beginning in fall 2021, Bryan College will offer a bachelor of nursing degree that will build on the college’s existing curricula in business and healthcare management that prepares students for management opportunities in healthcare. The BSN program will add to current offerings in the biological, physical and exercise sciences which prepares students for careers as nurses,
doctors, physical therapists and other allied health related fields.

College officials noted that their mission seeks to produce students equipped with the knowledge, values and skills to make a difference in the world. The addition of the nursing program represents a key extension of that mission and will be especially vital to the growing regional economy.

And with Bryan College reducing their tuition cost by 40%, those entering the school as first time or returning students can do so knowing they are attending one of Tennessee’s most affordable higher education institutions. Bryan College’s tuition of $16,900 along with a $7,800 room and board cost will provide a value unmatched in private higher education in the state of Tennessee and region to students entering the nursing program.

Of the many growing professions in contemporary culture, nurses care for the individual, often at a time of greatest need and at the most important junctures of their lives. As the world continues to grapple with health care issues and challenges, the need for nurses and healthcare professionals will continue to surge. The program will provide curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), a pathway for registered nurses to complete their bachelors’ degree (RN to BSN degree) as well as provide a site for employed nurses to complete continuing education credits (CEUs) to maintain licensure through work in nursing simulation labs.

Through a developing partnership with the Rhea Medical Center, students will be afforded the opportunity
to work with medical professionals as they pursue their degree. As the mutually beneficial relationship
evolves, it is anticipated that patients treated by the hospital will receive the greatest benefit from the
program. Hospital officials noted that they are hopeful that many Bryan graduates will choose to stay in
Dayton as they begin their careers.

Officials said, “Having well-trained professionals join our team is not only good for the hospital but also
good for our local community’s economy. We’re excited about what the future holds.”

Bryan College President Stephen Livesay said, “This is an important milestone in the history of Bryan
College and one that will position our students for success as they serve in the medical field. It’s our goal
to make sure we have the best professionals prepared to meet the need of present and future patients in the
ever-changing field of healthcare.”

Officials noted that the college’s announcement mirrors recent additions such as the School of Engineering.
“We continue to meet the needs of an ever-changing world,” said Livesay. “The one consistency is our
commitment to our mission which is to educate students to become servants of Christ to make a difference
in today’s world. Whether that’s through the nursing program that will launch in the fall, the recent addition
of the engineering program or one of our time-tested degrees, Bryan students graduate prepared to serve.”

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