Cullman Regional is partnering with Jacksonville State University (JSU) in order to offer a free or low cost educational advancement opportunity for Associate Level Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists that are employees of Cullman Regional.

“We are consistently looking for opportunities to help our employees advanced their education and knowledge which ultimately leads to better care for our patients,” Cullman Regional Chief Executive Officer James Clements said. “This partnership with JSU allows us to provide our employees with access to a quality program in a convenient online format.”

The partnership allows Cullman Regional Associate level nurses and respiratory therapists access to earn a Bachelor’s degree online with a reduced tuition. This savings combined with Cullman Regional’s tuition reimbursement benefit of $4,500/year for two years, the partnership allows Cullman Regional staff who are seeking to advance their education the opportunity to do it for free or at a very low cost.

“The primary goal is to increase the knowledge and education level of Cullman Regional Nurses and Respiratory Therapists in order to continuously improve the quality of care provided to the patients we serve,” Clements said.

Jacksonville State University was founded in 1883 in Jacksonville, Ala. Current enrollment is 8,567 students — 87 percent undergraduate and 13 percent graduate. JSU offers over 45 degree programs, including bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, doctoral and advanced certificate programs. JSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The JSU baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN).  The JSU Respiratory Therapy Program holds a Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation (CoARC) for Respiratory Care as a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation; students completing the program are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.

Current and future Cullman Regional employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement benefits for various degree programs. For more information about career opportunities and benefits of employment at Cullman Regional, visit www.cullmanregional.com or call (256) 737-2620.