HU, Lackawanna College form nursing program partnership

Harrisburg University and Lackawanna College signed a transfer agreement that will clear a path for students in Lackawanna College’s RN-to-BSN program to continue their education through Harrisburg University’s Master’s in Nursing program.

Dr. Eric Darr displays a signed copy of the transfer agreement during a virtual signing ceremony Thursday

The agreement was inked during a virtual signing ceremony held Thursday, May 14, 2020. The ceremony was attended by HU President Dr. Eric Darr, HU Provost & Chief Academic Officer Dr. Bilita Mattes, Lackawanna President Mark Volk, Dr. Erica Barone-Pricci, Lackawanna Vice President of Academics and other leadership from both schools.

“We are thrilled about the partnership and opportunity for Harrisburg University and Lackawanna College to better serve nurses in Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Darr. “Our teams are dedicated to making this partnership successful, and I think there are a lot of other significant opportunities for us to work together to meet workforce needs.  I look forward to expanding our partnership with Lackawanna College.”

Under the agreement, Spring 2020 graduates of the Lackawanna College RN-to-BSN program will be eligible to receive a Lackawanna College Nursing Students Scholarship along with a reduced tuition rate through Harrisburg University.

Lackawanna College President Mark Volk is pictured during the virtual signing ceremony

“We are excited to partner with Harrisburg University to create a pathway for our RN-to-BSN students to continue their education,” Volk said. “The success of our students is a top priority for Lackawanna College, and this agreement will ensure that they receive the best training possible to enter the healthcare field.”

The Online Master of Science degree in Nursing consists of advanced training in evidence-based practices, quality improvement, process improvement, and best practices in nursing education.

The program is designed to support improvements and innovations in nursing for the current American healthcare system, including population health, health equity, and Social Determinants of Health. These also include the promotion of evidence-based practice, the strengthening of interprofessional communication, and an overall mindset of professional development. This online program will prepare nurses for careers in clinical and non-clinical healthcare settings.

“HU’s agreement with Lackawanna College will give students the opportunity to build upon the current skills that they achieved in the RN-to-BSN program, including advanced knowledge of leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence-based practice through the lens of population health,” said Dr. Nancy Mimm, HU Master of Nursing  program lead.

About Harrisburg University

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private non-profit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields to a diverse student body. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717.901.5146 or email,

About Lackawanna College:

Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, The School of Petroleum and Natural Gas in New Milford, Sunbury, Towanda and the Environmental Education Center in Covington Township. Learn more at