GROVE CITY – Grove City College and Butler County Community College announced they are partnering to create a bachelor of science in nursing – a degree program that offers students the best that both higher education institutions have to offer.

Students in the program, which will be offered through Grove City College’s newly established Charles Jr. and Betty Johnson School of Nursing, will benefit from a liberal arts and sciences education from Grove City College and accredited, high quality technical and clinical professional training through Butler County Community College.

BSN students will live on the campus of Grove City College, where they will attend classes in the first and fourth years of the program. In the second and third years they’ll attend classes at both institutions, with formal nursing classes and professional placement through BC3’s Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health. At the end of the third year, students will take state exams and are expected to begin working in the field as they complete their fourth year. Grove City College will offer flexible and online classes to allow students to “earn while they learn.”

Grove City College plans to begin offering the BSN degree to incoming freshmen in the fall of 2020. BC3 plans an $18 million project that includes the $12 million Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building that will house the Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health.

 The Charles Jr. and Betty Johnson School of Nursing, initially funded by a $1 million gift from Jayne Johnson Rathburn and the Rathburn Family Foundation in memory and honor of her parents, is being established at Grove City College for BSN students. Betty Johnson was a nurse.

An additional multimillion-dollar estate gift from Mrs. Rathburn will go toward providing nursing scholarships.