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USQ Nursing Agreement

St Mary’s College Ipswich is pleased to announce a new Collaborative Agreement (Nursing) with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), giving students a direct pathway into a career in nursing.

Under the agreement, 20 eligible St Mary’s Year 12 students will have a guaranteed place in the USQ Bachelor of Nursing degree when they graduate high school. Those students will also be assured a clinical placement in the Ipswich and West Moreton area in their first year of study with USQ.

The agreement was formally acknowledged in a signing ceremony at the College on Thursday 3 September. Staff and students of St Mary’s were joined by USQ representatives Helen Nolan, Executive Director (Strategic Liaison Education Community) and David Silk, Manager (Future Students Outreach).

St Mary’s College Ipswich Principal Judith Finan said the agreement would be of great benefit to students. “Our exit data shows us that our students are seeking future opportunities in Health-related professions, and we are proud of this trend,” Mrs Finan said. “This agreement will provide them with a tertiary pathway which is assured, and the St Mary’s College students, staff and parents are most grateful to the University of Southern Queensland.”

In signing the agreement, Ms Nolan said, “We are pleased to once again partner with St Mary’s College and look forward to strengthening our relationship.”

“It is wonderful to see students with a clear idea of their path after high school, and USQ looks forward to welcoming St Mary’s Health students to our campus in the coming years,” Ms Nolan said.

St Mary’s extensive, established Health curriculum is a popular offering among current students. Using professional equipment, students learn practical skills in a dedicated space. Interested students are offered placement opportunities in local hospitals, equipping them with hands on experience in the delivery of health services.

“This agreement will complement and enhance our current offerings in the Health curriculum,” Mrs Finan said.

The agreement builds on St Mary’s established partnership with USQ, which began with the signing of the Collaborative Agreement (Aviation) in 2018. This agreement enables St Mary’s to deliver onsite a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways to students in Year 11, and a Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight) in Year 12. Eligible students who have completed the Certificate III are guaranteed automatic entry in a Bachelor of Aviation at USQ.

Image caption: USQ Executive Director (Strategic Liaison Education Community) Helen Nolan, Charlotte Olt, Abby Stumer, Naomi Mavunda, Tegan Britton, Kate McBride and St Mary’s College Ipswich Principal Judith Finan.