Commonwealth Health and Jersey College Open Nursing Program

To train additional caring and skilled nurses, Jersey College and Commonwealth Health have collaborated to establish a School of Nursing on Moses Taylor Hospital’s campus, serving the greater Scranton region. The Jersey College Hospital-Based Professional Nursing Program at Moses Taylor Hospital is a six-semester program, culminating in an Associate Degree in nursing, providing its graduates with opportunities to become a registered nurse. Inaugural classes begin in January and students can enroll now.  

“Jersey College and Commonwealth Health have worked together for many months to develop a unique nursing education experience,” said Greg Karzhevsky, Chancellor of Jersey College. “From our initial meetings, the Commonwealth Health leadership teams have shared our vision for this collaborative model of educating future nurses to care for patients in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”  

With more than 12,000 square feet of classroom and office space, the Scranton program combines the teaching experience of a college and the clinical expertise of a hospital. This hospital‐based track offers students the ability to learn the art and science of nursing from within a hospital setting. Students are able to experience a seamless transition from classroom theory to clinical application.

“The need for nurses in this market and across the country has been high for some time and is expected to continue,” says Todd Burda, CNO of Moses Taylor Hospital and Regional Hospital of Scranton. “Among other factors driving need, nurses have many employment options. We believe that engaging with well-educated students to share the values, philosophies and practices of Commonwealth Health hospitals will help us care for our communities into the future.”

Additional Date for Marywood University’s “Nurse for a Day” Program

Due to an enthusiastic response, an additional date for Marywood University’s “Nurse for a Day” program has been planned to accommodate interested prospective nursing students. On both Wednesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., the program will occur in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences on the University’s campus. Both events are free and open to those interested in a nursing degree.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in CPR training and Simulation and Nursing Lab activities. A tour of Marywood’s campus will be provided, as well as lunch, at which attendees can meet with nursing faculty members. The “Nurse for a Day” program provides prospective nursing students with the opportunity to explore and find resources available to them. By speaking with faculty and current nursing students, attendees get a clearer picture about the types of classes, course material, and clinical work involved with a nursing major.

Marywood’s nursing department provides academic and clinical coursework to prepare students to provide health care services in a variety of settings. Graduates of the undergraduate program have unlimited opportunities in hospitals and school and nursing home settings. Other areas of practice include pharmaceuticals, research, consulting, management, and administration. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates may also choose to continue their education in pursuit of a career as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or educator.

To attend “Nurse for a Day,” register by March 9 at for a session. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information about Marywood’s nursing program, please visit, or call (570) 348-6275.