Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University are known rivals. However, this upcoming school year, they are working together to provide a joined academic experience.
Over the last several years, Taylor University has considered adding a nursing major. Unfortunately, the major required significant resources that would take years to pull together.
Taylor’s provost Jeffrey Moshier was one of the main proponents of the collaboration.
“This is a program built on the strengths of both institutions. There are a lot of students that want to come to Taylor and they love the idea of studying nursing, we don’t have that. The thought was, why not combine the two?” Moshier said.
The program consists of a three-year liberal arts education at Taylor and 14-month accelerated nursing program at Indiana Wesleyan. Upon completion, students would have a bachelor of sciene in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan and a bachelor of science in health science from Taylor.
“This collaboration with Taylor is a win-win for students as they will benefit from receiving solid training from two highly regarded universities,” Veronica Peters, the pre-licensure division chair for Indiana Wesleyan’s transition to nursing program, said.
Both Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor have similar missions. As small, liberal arts Christian universities, the potential for this partnership has been developing for years.
“Over the past 10 years, IWU has accepted many graduates from TU into IWU’s Transition to Nursing program. These students have all been well-prepared at Taylor and have been very successful in the 14-month rigorous accelerated nursing program at IWU,” Peters said.
Peters added that this addition to the program comes at an opportune time. The projected need for nurses in the workforce ensures that there will be jobs for students upon graduation.
Jim Garringer, the director of media relations at Taylor, said he sees this opportunity as a way to prepare students for more than future employment.
“The idea is this program really speaks to the heart of what Taylor is and what Indiana Wesleyan is, we are interested in ministering the redemptive love and truth of christ to a world in need,” Garringer said. “What better way than to stand with people in their most difficult hours when they need that nursing care.”
Both Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor representatives said they are optimistic about the reception and success of this collaboration.
“We are glad to have this chance to collaborate with IWU we are looking forward to our interactions, we have very impressed with their faculty, personnel, their leadership and beautiful nursing facilities,” Moshier said. “I think this a great opportunity for both of us.”