Hanover, Ivy Tech launch “1+2+1” nursing model

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Hanover College and Ivy Tech Community College-Madison will integrate a 1+2+1 model into its nursing program as part of a longstanding partnership. The 1+2+1 model was approved by the Higher Learning Commission Feb. 27 at the Institutional Actions Council meeting.

The 1+2+1 model provides Hanover students with an opportunity to obtain an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) at Ivy Tech-Madison. Students will enroll at Hanover for their first year, take professional/technical nursing classes at Ivy Tech for two years to obtain an ASN and complete their final year of undergraduate studies at Hanover, where they will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students enrolled in the program will live on the Hanover campus all four years and will have the opportunity to participate fully in campus life.

The alliance for healthcare careers started in 2019 when Hanover College approached Ivy Tech-Madison to prepare Hanover students for the state licensure of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  Each May since 2019, Ivy Tech has taught and prepared 10 Hanover students for the state licensure to assist them in gaining patient contact hours for graduate programs in health sciences.

The strong CNA collaboration and increased interest in the nursing program from prospective students drove discussions about the potential for an ASN-to-BSN partnership between the two colleges in summer of 2021, allowing prospective Hanover students to pursue the in-demand career. As a result of continued community conversations and partnerships, Hanover and Ivy Tech guided the Higher Learning Commission visit that resulted in the necessary approval for the 1+2+1 model.

“This model is the first of its kind in Indiana,” said Amanda Allen Harsin ’06, chancellor of Ivy Tech-Madison. “We are proud of the innovation, and we applaud Hanover College for building a path for students to use our premier faculty and facilities.”

Hanover will invite prospective students to join its nursing pathway this fall starting in August 2023.  Students will complete their Associate of Science in Nursing by 2026 and be able to work in the community while they complete their bachelor’s degree in their final year. 

“For years, Ivy Tech-Madison has been an important partner for Hanover College and our community, and we are excited to again be charting a new course together,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “This partnership will transform nursing education in our region and will create tremendous opportunities for our students in the future.”

Ivy Tech is the largest Associate Degree in Nursing Program in the nation, annually graduating more than 1,300 nurses (32 percent of all new registered nurses in Indiana). Ninety percent of those Ivy Tech graduates work in Indiana. The Madison campus nursing program, led by Stephanie Knox, has graduated almost 1,800 nurses since its implementation back in 1990.

Hanover’s core strengths include outstanding programs in the natural and life sciences, such as kinesiology and integrated physiology, psychology, biology and chemistry, among others. Hanover’s nursing program will be directed by Amber Wilson, DNP, who previously served as assistant professor of nursing and certified nursing assistant program director at Ivy Tech-Madison.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about the 1+2+1 nursing program can visit Hanover’s website at hanover.edu/nursing.

About Ivy Tech Community College Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree.