The Ottumwa Courier


May 23, 2014

IHCC partners with WPU

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College and William Penn University have announced a partnership that should provide a seamless academic progression for nurses who choose to enroll in a RN-BSN program after receiving their registered nursing license.

Beginning this fall, licensed registered nurses who have completed their Associate Degree in Nursing may choose to enroll in William Penn’s RN-BSN completion program located on the IHCC campus in Ottumwa. This partnership allows the new graduates or returning nurses to work full-time and attend classes just one day a week on the IHCC main campus. William Penn provides scholarships and financial aid for students which will help to make higher education more affordable.

Indian Hills Dean of Health Sciences, Dr. Jill Budde, is pleased to offer the new opportunity for the BSN completion program.

“This partnership will allow our Indian Hills ADN graduates to seek higher levels of education to better serve patients in our region and do so right here on the Ottumwa campus,” she said. “Getting a strong academic start at Indian Hills provides students a solid foundation to build upon. We feel this seamless transition with William Penn will encourage RNs to take the next step in earning an advanced education, which can provide leadership opportunities in the future.”

Brenda Krogh-Duree, program director for nursing at WPU, stated that the William Penn RN-BSN program prepares BSN graduates with enhanced leadership and decision-making skills.

The first cohort will begin in August on the IHCC campus and will meet every Wednesday for four semesters.

For more information about the WPU nursing program and how rewarding the experience of earning your BSN might be, visit or call (800) 779-7366 to speak with an admissions counselor.

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