Carrick Appointed Nursing Program Coordinator

January 19, 2007

Jo Anne Carrick has been named nursing program coordinator at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, effective immediately. The newly created position will oversee the college‚s associate degree in nursing program, which begins in fall 2007.

“Jo Anne has extensive nursing credentials in academia and industry,” Jack Burke, chancellor of Penn State Behrend, said. “Without a doubt, she will be a benefit to our nursing program and students.”

Carrick will be responsible for the coordination and management of the associate degree in nursing program, including overseeing student recruitment and retention efforts, faculty selection and supervision, curriculum, and the development of future nursing programs at the college. Carrick will serve as the primary liaison between Penn State Behrend and the Penn State School of Nursing.

Penn State Behrend collaborated with the Penn State School of Nursing, which is housed at the University Park campus, to offer the fully accredited associate degree in nursing provided by the School. It is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

During the past year, Carrick has served as a nursing consultant to Penn State Behrend to assist with establishing the associate degree in nursing. She met with community leaders and members from local health care agencies and handled the day-to-day preparation and activities.

Prior to this position, Carrick was a nursing instructor in the registered nurse to Bachelor of Science, or RN to BS, programs at Penn State Shenango for 11 years and Penn State Beaver for six. She has been a University employee since 1989. Carrick, an Erie resident, has held positions at Saint Vincent Health System since 1999, as a clinical staff nurse and as a nursing supervisor.

Carrick is an RN, earning her nursing diploma from Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing in New Castle, Pa.., and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Penn State. She received a master‚s in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and is a certified emergency nurse. Currently Carrick is pursuing her doctorate in administration and leadership studies in higher education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has authored or contributed to 11 books and articles to date.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, offers 31 baccalaureate, six associate, four pre-professional and two graduate degree programs with 21 minors to 4,000 students. Focused on providing a student-centered environment, Penn State Behrend is the link that connects its students to a major research and land-grant institution on a campus enriched by more than 110 clubs and organizations, 21 NCAA varsity teams, 19 intramural sports and modern facilities. For more information, visit

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