Sunday, 23 June 2019 12:04

St. John’s College of Nursing introduces program for high school students 

St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield will begin a Nursing Preparatory Pipeline Program (NP3) this fall for high school students. The program will give participants a sneak peek into the nursing profession and will provide them with early mentors within the Springfield nursing community.

Students will enter NP3 as high school freshmen and continue through their senior year. This four-year experience familiarizes the students with nursing school coursework, undergraduate college as well as nursing school admissions processes, test-taking skills, critical thinking and specialty training.

The curriculum has been developed by faculty and staff from St. John’s College of Nursing and includes job shadowing, problem-based learning (PBL) and supplemental instruction in college-level science, technology, engineering and math courses.

“Many students aspire to be in the health care field, but they don’t know how to get there. Our goal is to show students what it takes to be a nurse, and what courses are necessary to do so,” said Charlene Aaron, PhD, RN, who is chancellor at St. John’s College. “We are hopeful that this program will also help to address the nursing shortage in the area.” 

The pipeline is open to all incoming freshman at Springfield high schools and will run for two weeks in the fall, two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the summer. The application for NP3 is due Monday, Sept. 23 and is only for incoming freshman. For more information, visit or email .