BSN Startup Campaign

The LWTech Foundation is delighted to kick off a private startup campaign for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lake Washington Institute of Technology! This degree is vital to meeting local healthcare industry demands, addressing the projected nursing shortage, and providing students with the opportunity to earn a highly desired credential.

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BSN Campaign Overview

The LWTech Foundation is delighted to kick off a private startup campaign for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lake Washington Institute of Technology! This degree is vital to meeting local healthcare industry demands, addressing the projected nursing shortage, and providing students with the opportunity to earn a highly desired credential. 

A proven track record of excellence in nursing education, LWTech has graduated over 1,750 nurses since 1992. Today, nursing graduates from LWTech are caring for patients in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and home health care in specialties including pediatrics, emergency and urgent care, public health, hospice, labor and delivery, and mental health throughout our community.

In clinical settings today, nurses spend more time in direct contact with patients than physicians or other healthcare providers. As healthcare continues to moves toward patient-centered medicine, the ability of nurses to affect the quality of care becomes more and more significant.

As a workforce college, LWTech is keenly attentive to the changing demands of credentials and educational requirements in the workplace. Lake Washington Tech currently offers highly-regarded Nursing Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Nursing Associate of Applied Science Transfer (AAS-T) degrees. Today, the field of professional nursing is transitioning away from these degrees toward Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. 

The LWTech BSN degree will provide a seamless degree path to best serve students and our region's health care providers.

LWTech Foundation Mission

The mission of LWTech Foundation is to actively engage business and the community in supporting LWTech, its students, and its role in building a strong economy.

Case for BSN at LWTech

LWTech Nursing Program Spotlight

LWTech Director of Nursing Program, Chitra SharifianDr. Chitra Sharifian, Associate Dean of Nursing Program

Dr. Chitra Sharifian, DNP, RN-BC, ONC, joined Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in July 2017 as Director of LWTech’s Nursing program.

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LWTech Nursing Program Spotlight

Dr. Chitra Sharifian, Associate Dean of Nursing Program

LWTech Director of Nursing Program, Chitra Sharifian

Dr. Chitra Sharifian, DNP, RN-BC, ONC, joined Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in July 2017 as Director of LWTech’s Nursing program.

Sharifian comes to LWTech with an extensive nursing background. After earning her first nursing degree from Everett Community College, Sharifian worked as a Staff Nurse at Swedish and later Swedish Orthopedic Institute for 27 years, and then spent the next seven years as a Clinical Nursing Faculty member at Seattle colleges and Seattle University. Sharifian holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science, with a focus on Nursing Education, and Post-Master certificate in Nursing Education from the University of Washington. She received a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, focusing on Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Nursing Education from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

As an adult learner, Sharifian understands the student population at LWTech. She worked and went to school, both full-time. Sharifian believes that positive connections with students, and a curriculum founded on evidence-based practice, is crucial to inspire students to provide excellent care and knowledge to their patients. She’s passionate about creating a nursing program that is unique to LWTech, that will, in turn, meet the nursing shortage.

The Nursing program at LWTech is small compared to other community colleges, with the average cohort being 24 students. This allows students more hands-on learning opportunities, and faculty-to student-interaction. LWTech’s state-of-the-art simulation labs allows students to learn in real-world situations, which helps students build confidence prior to their on-site clinical experience.

Sharifian believes that education is a lifelong learning process. Her philosophy on collaboration with other nursing programs builds a more robust program for LWTech students. “In nursing, you have to collaborate. We will all have better nurses if we build relationships with different institutions,” said Sharifian.

The BSN program at LWTech directly addresses the nursing shortage by providing students with a comprehensive, hands-on education and clinical opportunities, preparing them for long and successful careers in healthcare.

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Help prepare our Nurses to fill a critical community need 

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Launches Private Startup Campaign for Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Program

raiseBSNup | LWTech FoundationA shortage of nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level is affecting health care quality and patient outcomes according the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Industry Demand

LWTech currently offers a Nursing Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and a Nursing Associate of Applied Science Transfer (AAS-T) degrees. The BSN degree, now required by many employers, will provide a direct degree path to best serve students, and our region’s healthcare providers.

“The BSN Program at LWTech is a vital component of EvergreenHealth’s plan to provide the highest caliber of care to our community as well as resource to our current staff.”

– Neil Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Evergreen Health;
Trustee, Lake Washington Institute of Technology;
LWTech Foundation Board Member

A Critical Component of Healthy Communities

As healthcare continues to moves toward patient-centered medicine, nurses will play a more integral role in the quality of patient care.

LWTech Nursing Student Kelsea Ariel“As a student and working mother of two young boys, my dream is to earn my BSN at LWTech while working full-time as a registered nurse. The opportunity to continue at LWTech is important to me – it provides a continuous, applicable and high quality educational experience.”

– Kelsea Ariel, Nursing Student, LWTech

LWTech Nursing Student

“After eight years of deep state budget cuts, we are seeking philanthropic support to raise the startup funds for a BSN Program. This is a truly unique opportunity to invest in a self-sustaining program that is critical to our community and economic health.”

– Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, President, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

 

What are the Benefits of a BSN Degree at LWTech?

  • Proven track record of hands-on, practical training for nurses
  • Solution to the high market demand for nurses who have a BSN
  • One-time investment in a self-supporting program moving forward
  • Direct educational path for students
  • Expert faculty
  • Preferred credential for nurses throughout the healthcare industry

Startup Funding

How Will the Start Up Funds Be Used?
Nursing Faculty $175,000
Curriculum Development $100,000
Endowed Nursing Scholarship $100,000
Simulation Lab Updates $75,000
Lab Equipment $50,000
Total $500,000

Private funding is vital to the success of our programs. As Washington state’s only public
institute of technology, just 35% of LWTech’s total operating budget is met with state/public funding. The generosity of individuals and corporations provides LWTech with the ability to bridge the gap between state funding and critical needs that meet industry demand. The startup cost of $500,000 is what’s needed to launch the BSN at LWTech, and
is a perfect example of the important role philanthropy can play in meeting the needs of students and industry.