SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — On the very day Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine installed Dr. Julie Byerley as its Dean, President, and Chief Academic Officer, the school made two major announcements Wednesday afternoon.

“Our academic enterprise is coming together under one conceptual umbrella of the Geisinger College of Health Sciences,” Doctor Byerley said.

It will entail Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Geisinger School of Nursing, and Geisinger School of Graduate Education.

“We embrace a future that blends science and service to improve health and well-being through an academic enterprise that serves our region with inspiration, innovation, education, and discovery,” Doctor Byerley stated.

Calling healthcare a “rapidly changing industry”, Geisinger President and CEO, Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD. says the way students are trained also needed to change.

“We’re not trying to educate based on what healthcare was in the past or what it is today but what it will be tomorrow and what it needs to be tomorrow for our communities to continue to thrive,” President and CEO Ryu explained.

Dr. Byerley also announced to the crowd that Geisinger School of Nursing will transition from diploma-granting to an associate degree program — churning out much-needed registered nurses.

“And that will allow future nurses more flexibility and opportunities for career growth,” Doctor Byerley said.

When she’s not singing with her school’s acapella group, Marisa Vanness is working toward a medical degree. For her, hearing the announcements hit just the right note.

“I like the fact that we’re going to incorporate multiple parts of the healthcare team into the Geisinger Schooling and I think that will be really good because it is such an essential part of healthcare now,” Vanness explained.

Under the Geisinger College of Health Sciences umbrella, the new two-year nursing associate’s degree will be available next year.

Geisinger School of Nursing is accepting applications for its Fall 2023 semester.

To learn more, visit Geisinger.org for more information and how to apply, or call 717-899-1106.