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Top 10 national honors for Film and Nursing programs

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Mount St. Mary's film and nursing programs received national attention this summer from major industry publications.

In the same week that MONEY Magazine ranked Mount St. Mary’s College the No. 1 “Value-Added College” in the United States, two of the Mount’s academic programs also received nationwide acclaim.

The Hollywood Reporter, one of the premiere insider publications covering the film industry, named Mount St. Mary’s as one of “5 Schools to Watch” for its “up-and-coming” BA and MFA film programs. Bright Hub, a web publication that focuses on technology, science and education, ranked the Mount at No. 9 in its ranking of “10 Best Colleges for a Degree in Nursing.”

Film program’s positive review
The Mount’s BA film program, with its unique focus on social justice and human interest storytelling, was what captured The Hollywood Reporter’s attention. Its article also quoted “Smallville” writer/producer and Mount instructor Don Whitehead, and applauded the College’s new MFA program being geared toward working professionals.

“We are excited and gratified to be recognized as a program of distinction,” says Pam Haldeman, chair of Film, Media and Communication at the Mount. “Developing the highest-quality experience has been our aspiration from the start. Our fundamental goal is to ensure that each and every student is given access to the newest and finest array equipment in the industry, the finest instructors and mentors available, and multiple opportunities to intern and network in the heart of Hollywood.”

The MFA in film & television represents a broadening of the College’s academic array of film degrees, which have previously been concentrated on the undergraduate level. The MFA program shares a focus on human stories with MSMC’s innovative bachelor of science degree in film, media and social justice. However, MFA coursework is further tailored to a student’s specific interests, from directing, producing and screenwriting, to cinematography, editing, special effects and sound. To learn more, visit the Mount’s film programs online.

Nursing’s national notoriety
Bright Hub, meanwhile, spotlighted the holistic Roy Adaptation Model used in the Mount’s nursing program, which was pioneered by alum and former nursing chair Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, ’63, and is widely used today around the world. “Students learn to blend biology, psychology, sociology and spirituality while treating patients,” Bright Hub noted. The article also noted students’ opportunity to gain quality, real-world experience, and the success of alums who earn greater mid-career salaries.

"The credit for this honor belongs to our wonderful faculty, staff and students in our nursing programs," says Diane Vines, the Mount's dean of nursing. "Also to Sr. Callista Roy for developing the holistic model of care that remains the underpinning for all our efforts."

Mount St. Mary’s nursing programs have a rich history. In 1952, the College created the first-ever Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in the state of California. Since then, the College has added Associate of Arts, Master of Science and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, as well as a new RN to BSN Completion Program. To learn more, visit the Mount’s nursing programs online.