RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7)-- According to school officials from Carilion Clinic, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, and Radford University, Jefferson College intends to merge with Radford University.
“Radford University and Jefferson College have a robust history of collaboration, and these two great institutions are now working toward an even stronger partnership,” said Dr. Brian O. Hemphill, president of Radford University. “This endeavor benefits the students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and communities of both institutions, along with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the entire region.”
Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, president of Jefferson College, says the schools are combining to "create something even bigger for the entire Commonwealth." Bishop also says the merge will "enhance the quality of health care education and research better than [Jefferson College] could do individually."
Officials say the merger is expected to take 18 to 24 months.
Radford University officials say they intend to welcome Jefferson College primarily into its Waldron College of Health and Human Services.
“Jefferson College already enjoys a wonderful relationship with Radford University,” said Bishop. “This next step makes sense for both institutions, and serves to enhance Radford University’s reputation as a premier educational destination for those seeking careers in nursing, health care and health sciences.”
Students from both Jefferson College and Radford University will have access to enhanced educational opportunities, including internships and clinical rotations.
Officials say this potential merger will create the second largest nursing program in Virginia.