Aquinas College will begin offering graduate studies in Fall 2012. Receiving approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission On Colleges (SACS-COC), a prominent accrediting body for institutions of higher education, the College is expecting to fill classes in each graduate course of study from students already expressing an interest for the Fall 2012 semester.
The Dean of the School of Nursing at Aquinas College, Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. reacted to the news of the SACS approval: “This is a great day for Aquinas College and for Nursing Education in Tennessee and throughout the nation. We already had approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing and now, with the SACS approval, we can open our doors.”
The goal of graduate studies in nursing, Brother continued, “is to prepare nurses in the specialty role of nurse educator for faculty positions in schools of nursing and as clinical educators in health care facilities, community settings and in other health care organizations. The programs are founded on beliefs in a moral community of learners committed to protecting and defending the dignity of every person.”
“The Master’s degrees being offered through the School of Education at Aquinas College,” said Sister Mary Anne, O.P., M.Ed., Dean of the School of Education, “reflect the belief that teaching is more than a career choice; it is both a gift and a mission.”
Sarah Wannemuehler, Ed.D., Director of Graduate Studies in Teacher Education, added, “Students are prepared to be Teachers of the Truth, enabling them to bring the message of salvation to bear on ethical, social, political, religious and cultural issues in a variety of public, private and parochial school settings. We want our teachers to be everywhere.”