LOGAN – Nursing students have been taking Weber State courses on Utah State’s campus for 46 years, but now that USU is starting its own nursing program, that partnership is coming to an end.
The two universities will celebrate the decades of working together during a reception Thursday night in the Taggart Student Center ballroom on USU’s campus.
“We’re inviting all former faculty and students to come and celebrate the 46 years,” said Jon Kelly, the program’s campus coordinator. “We’ll have a program at 6:30 that will last about 30 minutes where Weber State’s president will present a gift to USU. There will be a couple of speeches.”
Kelly said it is a difficult move, but he wishes the best for USU’s new program.
“It comes with heavy heartedness on our side because we’ve been here 46 years successfully partnering with Utah State and its coming to an end,” he said. “We’ve had a rich successful history on this campus.”
According to Kelly, the program will move across town and join the already-existing Weber State program at the Bridgerland Applied Technology College. The program at BATC is currently staffed by adjunct professors, but now those positions will be filled permanently by the staff moving from USU’s campus.
The program at BATC will still be the same. Weber State nursing students will still be able to complete the second year of their coursework on BATC’s campus, earning associate degrees and being eligible to apply for registered nurse licensure. Students who then want to earn bachelor’s degrees may continue their education at Weber State’s main campus.