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College of Nursing and Health Sciences Chosen for White House Forum

April 29, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been selected to participate in the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing held today (Monday, April 29) in Washington, D.C. 

Hamilton will serve on the Advanced Medical Operations Industry Roundtable, which will focus on developing strategies to transfer military training and experience into credit toward nursing and physician assistant certifications and licensure.

Hamilton was chosen because of her success with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s “eLine Military (ELM) Program,” which was spotlighted by the White House in their February report on military credentialing and licensing. The ELM program allows those with military medical education and experience to challenge nursing courses, graduate sooner, and begin filling much needed positions in the nursing profession. ELM is a distance learning program designed to help participants earn a bachelor's of nursing degree (BSN), prepare to take the NCLEX-RN exam, and enter the RN workforce. The ELM program, which is available entirely online, includes applicants from across the nation, England, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Germany.        

“We’re the only Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in the nation giving credit for this military service,” said Hamilton. “We’re pleased that the White House chose our program as an example for other institutions and look forward to continuing to provide this important program to those who have served.”  

Since its inception in 2011, 427 military service members (60 percent veterans and 40 percent active duty) have been enrolled in the eLine Military program. About one quarter of them are currently engaged in coursework, and the remainder are being evaluated/advised on the individual course of study. On average, those enrolled in the program finish one year sooner than those without military service. 

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the eMilitary Program almost $1 million to work in partnership with the Department of Defense’s Medical Education and Training Campus in San Antonio. The purpose was to develop strategies for granting academic credit for military training, including development of a series of exams to assess content mastery among program enrollees.  Additional initiatives identified a range of barriers to successful enrollment and retention in the program and formed a “Vets To Nurses Working Group” comprised of key stakeholders (military and academic) in Texas and other states who are prepared to assist in scaling up the Texas efforts.

“The University is honored to be included in this national plan to increase opportunities that will benefit those who have served our country and their families,” said University President Flavius Killebrew. “The success of our one-of-a-kind eLine Military program wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated faculty and the guidance of Dean Hamilton.”

 

 

 

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