DATE: June 30, 2009

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Lake Erie College partners with Mount Carmel College of Nursing for combined degree program

(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – As the need for qualified nurses increases in Northeast Ohio, Lake Erie College is offering students the opportunity to earn a degree in biology from Lake Erie College and a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in less than five years.

Lake Erie College and Mount Carmel College of Nursing have established an agreement that will enable students to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Lake Erie College after three and a half years of undergraduate work and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Mount Carmel in three additional semesters through its Second Degree Accelerated Program. The degree path at Lake Erie will incorporate a highly-focused program which allows students to take all prerequisites needed before entering the intense 13-month Second Degree Accelerated Program.

The agreement between Lake Erie and Mount Carmel offers 15 slots in Mount Carmel’s accelerated program to qualified Lake Erie College students. “The Mount Carmel program is quite competitive. They normally receive more than 300 applicants for 64 seats each year,” said Lake Erie College President Michael T. Victor. “The agreement will give Lake Erie graduates a distinct advantage for admission to this highly-competitive program.”

As an added benefit, the combined degree program also offers students the ability to immediately enroll in graduate-level courses at Mount Carmel with provisional admission to the master’s program, which offers a Master of Science Degree with tracks in nursing administration, adult heath and nursing education.

“This option is especially attractive to those students who want to spend time on a traditional, residential, liberal arts campus, but also desire a degree in Nursing and the metropolitan lifestyle Mount Carmel College of Nursing and Columbus bring,” said Robin McDermott, vice president for enrollment and student affairs at Lake Erie.

Mount Carmel President Ann Schiele says, “We are pleased to collaborate with Lake Erie College in this exciting educational endeavor. The students will benefit from a quality education from two outstanding educational institutions.”

Lake Erie College is currently recruiting its first cohort of students for the fall who are interested in pursuing the dual degree program. To advance to Mount Carmel, Lake Erie College students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and complete an interview. For more information, contact the Lake Erie College Office of Admissions at 800.916.0994 or visit

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its student's to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.

Founded in 1990, Mount Carmel College of Nursing is a private, specialized institution of higher education located in Columbus, Ohio. Mount Carmel is a subsidiary of Mount Carmel Health and boasts one of the largest undergraduate nursing programs among all Ohio colleges with nursing programs. The learning is enhanced by experiences and opportunities made possible by its inclusion in Mount Carmel Health System, an integrated delivery system.

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