Hobart and William Smith and the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing have recently established an affiliation agreement that will hold three admissions placements in the U of R’s accelerated program. The new affiliation will allow HWS students with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in one year and a master’s degree in a two-year program. Graduates are eligible for professional Registered Nurse (RN) licensing examinations and Nurse Practitioner licensure and national credentialing.
The University of Rochester’s Nurse Practitioner programs are ranked among the best in the nation, says Assistant Director of Health Professions Counseling and Fellowship Advising, Renee Nearpass. Their Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program is ranked 10th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings, she added.
Rachel Forster ’10 is the first HWS student to be accepted into this highly regarded program. Forster is interested in specializing in family practice or pediatrics, but she is also considering pursuing a dual degree in public policy as well as a master’s in public health. She would like to work for a non-profit organization that works on issues of international health.
While at HWS Forster has pursued a myriad of academic interests. She is an international relations major and a double minor in biology and public policy studies, while completing all the prerequisites for nursing school.
“I studied abroad in South Africa last semester through HWS which was a great opportunity for me to experience firsthand many of the international relations, public policy, and health issues that I had learned about in many of my classes,” says Forster. “In the future I hope that I merge my major and minors together into one career that is related to international health.”
In addition to her academic pursuits, Forster is an America Reads tutor, an Orientation mentor, and she participated in the HWS Clinical Internship program. She was also a diver for the William Smith Swimming and Diving team.
For more information about the HWS affiliation with the accelerated program at the University of Rochester, visit: http://www.hws.edu/academics/healthprof/special_programs.aspx , or contact Nearpass at Nearpass@hws.edu