The new four-year program will be part of Machon Tal, JCT's Women's College.
The curriculum will include theoretical and practical studies in a variety of areas, including fundamental sciences, nursing sciences and clinical studies. Students in the new program will also be integrated with Machon Tal's Judaic studies programs.
Once completed, graduates will be qualified to practice nursing in Israel and will be eligible to continue on to advanced master's and doctoral studies.
The Council of Higher Education had approached JCT several years ago to serve as its partner in efforts to raise academic standards in the field of nursing. Under new Israel Ministry of Health guidelines, nurses are now required to obtain an academic bachelor's degree, and the council actively sought recognized academic institutions that would be interested in opening a nursing program.
The founding director of JCT's Nursing School is Chaya Greenberger, Ph.D., a recognized leader, academic and master practitioner in the field of nursing. Greenberger is the current director of the health ministry's nursing division accreditation and licensing department, and the former director of Shaare Zedek Medical Center School of Nursing.
Several factors have been identified by academics within the Israeli nursing community regarding the forthcoming shortage, including a lack of appropriate training programs, fluctuating immigration of qualified nurses and an improving economy.
Due to operate out of Machon Tal's facilities in the Givat Shaul section of Jerusalem, the nursing school will send students to hospitals in the capital.
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