Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies, a non-profit institution offering higher education to working adults and members of the military, has named the new director of its Nursing program.
Amber Pyatt comes to Southwestern College from the Breckenridge School of Nursing at ITT Technical Institute in Wichita where she worked as the nursing chair and an instructor. Pyatt earned her B.S. in Nutrition in 2006 from Southeast Missouri State University before earning her B.S. in Nursing at Newman University in 2010. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Pyatt worked in labor and delivery at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph in Wichita and for Via Christi Clinic. In 2014, she earned her Master’s degree Nursing Administration and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing Education online from the University of Cincinnati.
While Pyatt loved working in women’s health, her true passions is in education, especially online.
“I liked earning my master’s degree online and I’m currently working on my doctorate online because of the flexibility of the schedule,” she said.” I have a family and a full-time job, so it is nice to be able to work on homework at various times throughout the day and week and not have to worry about going and sitting in a classroom.”
Pyatt’s enthusiasm for online education will be an asset to the Southwestern College RN to BSN program, which offers flexible, six-week online classes. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a diploma or associate’s degree looking to earn their bachelor’s degree. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles and career advancement in a variety of healthcare settings.
Pyatt will oversee curriculum development and faculty teaching assignments and ensure the RN to BSN program follows AACN and CCNE accreditation requirements and standards. She will also work to increase the number of learners within the program.
“Southwestern College has a great reputation within the nursing education community,” she said,” It is very innovative with online learning and with nursing education moving more towards online learning that is very important. The program is fairly new, which means there is opportunity for me to put my thumbprint on the program and help it grow.”
A Missouri native, Pyatt resides in Derby, Kansas with her husband and two young sons. She is currently working to complete her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Education Leadership from American Sentinel University in 2016.