Wednesday, August 1 marks a historic day for students seeking a faith-based approach to healthcare education as Regent University launches its College of Healthcare Sciences (CHS).
Regent’s new CHS features programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, geared to train students in the field of medicine with a Christian faith-based approach. CHS offers both on-campus and online training in Healthcare, Nursing and STEM programs. Degrees include:
- B.S. in Gerontology (Online)
- B.S. in Healthcare Management (Online)
- B.S. in Healthcare Management – Nursing Home Administration (On Campus & Online)
- A.S. in Health Sciences
- RN to B.S. in Nursing (Online)
- B.S. in Biophysical Sciences (On Campus)
- MBA – Healthcare Management
- M.A. in Organizational Leadership – Healthcare Management
- DSL Healthcare Leadership (Online)
- MSN – Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
“It is critical, at this time, for our world to have exceptional Christian leaders serving and working in the field of healthcare,” said executive vice president of Regent’s Office of Academic Affairs, Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño. “Our new College of Healthcare Sciences offers a rigorous scholarly experience for students who seek a faith-based approach as they prepare for careers as professional caregivers, administrators, educators and policymakers. Students who graduate from this program will be equipped to succeed in the highly competitive field of medicine while also serving others with the love of Christ.”
Leading as director of the School of Nursing is Dr. Patricia A. Kraft, who joined the university in May 2018. Kraft comes to Regent from the College of Coastal Georgia where she served as distinguished dean of nursing and health sciences as well as professor of nursing. In her role, she established the college as one of the top-ranked nursing programs in the state, achieving NCLEX-RN pass rates for BSN of 100 percent four times, ASN 98 percent then 100 percent, and RADT 100 percent four times.
Kraft says that Christian leaders have the potential to have a “profound impact” in the healthcare profession. She explained that her students will learn to value their patients, treating them with respect, dignity and as God’s creation.
“Medicine, nursing, and healthcare are founded on the principles of Christian faith, employing the biblical, moral and ethical reasoning within a biblical worldview,” said Kraft. “The calling to serve expands all disciplines and embraces diverse perspectives founded on synthesis of knowledge from the humanities, social, and natural sciences and application of biblical principles across a global continuum.”
Kraft said her hope for the future of Regent’s CHS is that it will take its place as a “center of Christian thought and action” around the world. This, she said, fits into the mission of Regent as a whole:
“By expanding the number and type of Christian leaders to accomplish the mission of transforming our world, our desire to impact the lives across the globe will be expanded by healthcare providers choosing to live lives of significant purpose and service,” said Kraft.
Learn more about Regent’s College of Healthcare Sciences.