The Chesapeake College Center for Allied Health, Memorial Hospital, Easton, Maryland

Chesapeake College/Macqueen Gibbs Willis Nursing Program

The Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing (MGW) was a hospital-based diploma nursing education program affiliated with The Memorial Hospital at Easton, MD Inc. since 1907. In 1996, an advisory committee was formed to strategically address the school's future.

The mission driving the strategic planning process was to offer education for Professional nursing within an institution of higher learning that met the needs of potential students, health care employers and consumers. When all data was analyzed, it became evident that MGW should partner with Chesapeake College and transition itself from a hospital-based diploma Nursing Program to an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Program.

In May 1997, the proposal to transition the MGW School of Nursing to Chesapeake College was presented to the Board of Directors of The Memorial Hospital at Easton, MD, Inc., which was the governing board of the School of Nursing and the Board of Trustees of Chesapeake College. Both boards unanimously approved the proposal. Chesapeake College received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Board of Nursing to proceed with the program in December 1997.

The Chesapeake College/MGW Nursing Program admitted the first nursing students in fall 1998, approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. During the spring of 2004, the program received full accreditation by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission1.

1National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500. Atlanta Georgia. 30326. Phone (404) 975-5000 or www.nlnac.org