This spring, Army ROTC designated the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing as a Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence.

Only a small number of nursing programs in the U.S. achieve Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence status, which is based both on academic excellence and the relationship between the nursing program and ROTC. PSU’s is the only Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence in Kansas.

The Center of Excellence designation gives priority to PSU students for nursing scholarships from the Army Cadet Command for this region. Additionally, ROTC students are guaranteed two seats in the upper-division nursing program at PSU each year.

Col. Andrew Morgado

Col. Andrew Morgado

Col. Andrew Morgado said the designation of PSU as a Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence was not the beginning of a great partnership, but the continuation of a longstanding one.

“I would be hard pressed to find another institution that supports its ROTC program like Pittsburg State supports theirs,” Morgado said.

“Credit for this achievement goes to the faculty and staff in both the School of Nursing and ROTC for the way they work together for the benefit of our students. It’s the Gorilla way,” PSU

President Steve Scott said.

Morgado said ROTC cadets in the nursing program have undertaken a big challenge.

“It’s an incredible challenge to become an Army officer and it’s an incredible challenge to become a nurse,” Morgado said. “We ask our young men and women to do both at the same time. We’re asking them to be a professional twice.”