Today, students can work with patients in three or four area hospitals over their time in the program, said Joanne Ottman, director of the division of allied health, nursing and physical education at Naugatuck Valley.
There are also new elements of the curriculum added frequently.Today, students spend time learning about bioterrorism and how to evaluate a patient who may have been affected by something such as anthrax.
"We never even thought about that five years ago," Ottman
With a national nursing shortage on hand, both St. Mary's and Waterbury hospitals have asked the college to expand, she
said, but added the program is at its maximum capacity now.
This year, there are 116 students in the first year of the program, making it one of the college's largest nursing classes ever, Ottman