Dr. Cynthia Mailloux, who has more than 30 years of nursing education experience, has been appointed chair of the Dual 1-2-1 Bachelor of Nursing Program at King’s College. King’s is collaborating on the program, which is expected to welcome its first class in August 2018, with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC).
The King’s-LCCC dual-degree partnership program in nursing is the first of its kind in the region for a collaborative nursing program and builds on the existing strong relationship between the two institutions. As currently configured, students in the nursing program will spend their first and fourth years at King’s completing the core and upper level nursing requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree; the middle two years will be primarily devoted to nursing studies at LCCC, including labs and clinical studies. During years two and three students will also be taking core classes at King’s.
Throughout the entirety of the program, enrolled students will be able to live on the King’s campus as well as participate in all King’s extracurricular activities.
A licensed Registered Nurse, Mailloux earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilkes, her master’s degree in nursing from Misericordia University, and a Ph. D. in nursing, with a concentration in education, from Penn State University. She also earned a certification in Nursing Education from the National League of Nursing.
She was most recently professor and chair of the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Programs at Misericordia University. A resident of Glen Summit, Mailloux has also taught at Penn State Worthington, LCCC, and NPW School of Nursing.
“Cynthia has a very unique set of skills and experiences that the Selection Committee thought were well suited to leading the program toward accreditation and admitting students,” said Dr. Joseph Evan, provost and vice president for academic affairs at King’s and chair of the Selection Committee. “She has been active on a national level concerning nursing issues and her relationships with the local healthcare industry will be valuable to the program and its students.”
“I am very excited about participating in the development of this innovative program between Kings and LCCC,” said Mailloux. “This program is consistent with changes occurring in health care, health policy, nursing education and the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to increase the number of baccalaureate prepared nurses by 50-80% by 2020. The goal of this program addresses the need for a curricular design to increase access to the baccalaureate degree in nursing while preserving the integrity of the associate degree.”
Among her many accomplishments and achievements, Mailloux was named a Wharton Fellow by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and earned a Certificate of Reviewing from the Journal of Professional Nursing.