St. Petersburg, Fla. – September 22, 2014 – Utica College has announced the appointment of Ruth Wilmer Gallagher, NP-C, PhD, CNE, as director of Nursing Academic Services for its new Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program in St. Petersburg. Dr. Gallagher is responsible for coordinating Utica College’s nursing clinical education program, ensuring an optimal student-centered learning experience at the St. Petersburg center, and establishing new clinical learning sites for students to receive substantive experience working with patients under the supervision of professional nurses.
“We’re very excited to welcome Dr. Gallagher to Utica College’s nursing program leadership in St. Petersburg,” said Dale Scalise-Smith, PhD, vice president of the School of Online and Extended Studies and External Partnerships at Utica College. “Her deep experience in all levels of nursing – as a staff nurse, supervisor, nurse practitioner and nurse educator – offers our students the chance to work with someone who can give them personal insights into the many career opportunities a bachelor’s degree in nursing can open up for them.”
Dr. Gallagher began her career as a nurse in St. Petersburg at Palms of Pasadena Hospital before moving on to All Children’s Hospital, where she was appointed to several roles with increasing responsibility. In 1995, she earned her MS degree and became a Nurse Practitioner, providing care at several clinics within the Pinellas County Health Department. In 2011, she earned her PhD in Nursing Education at the University of South Florida. She has been educating nursing students at Florida colleges since 2003.
Utica College, a New York-based comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, is welcoming its first class of students enrolled in the Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree Nursing program in St. Petersburg this month. The accredited degree program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing. Students enrolled in the intensive program are full time, and complete their nursing degree in just four semesters (16 months). The curriculum is delivered both online and in a classroom setting, and all students participate in supervised clinical hours with real patients on site at top healthcare facilities in Tampa Bay.
More than 15,000 nursing jobs went unfilled in the state in 2012, according to the Florida Center for Nursing, and the shortage is projected to continue to grow in the coming decade. Utica College’s nursing program will address this major workforce challenge by offering students an exceptionally high quality nursing education complete with clinical hours at area hospitals and medical facilities, and providing local health care employers with a valuable new source of top nursing talent.
Utica College is an independently accredited private college founded in 1946, located in Central New York. The College has a proud history of educating the nation’snurses, and its small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio provide an intimate educational experience tailored to the needs of each student. With its prestigious accelerated nursing program, students will be prepared to take advantage of numerous opportunities for exciting careers in hospital, clinic, private practice, or other health care facility settings here or throughout the United States.
The St. Petersburg accelerated nursing degree program is currently accepting applications for its Winter 2015 semester. The inaugural class begins on August 26. For more information on Utica College’s accelerated nursing program, visit acceleratednursing.utica.edu/florida or call 866-890-9340.
About the program– Utica College’s accelerated nursing program offers students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field the chance to finish nursing school in just 16 months. It balances online courses with hands-on clinical rotations throughout the Tampa Bay region. The simulation lab in St. Petersburg features the same medical technology used at hospitals and other healthcare settings. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. It is alsoapproved by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (provisional approval) & the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
About Utica College– Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 4,000 students in 36 undergraduate majors, 27 minors, 21 graduate, pre-professional and special programs. Utica College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.