D'Youville adding satellite campus in Clarence

November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 7:13 AM EDT

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By Business First by Allissa Kline, Buffalo Business First Reporter

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November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 7:13 AM EDT

D'Youville College in Buffalo is planning to open its first-ever satellite campus at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Clarence.

The added site will be primarily for nurses in Clarence and surrounding communities who have two-year degrees and now want to earn bachelor's degrees.

The institution announced Monday that it reached an agreement with the Brothers of Mercy to use classrooms and an existing nursing laboratory for instruction. The 240-bed facility, located at Bergtold and Ransom roads, will provide on-site clinical placements and geriatric research opportunities.

D'Youville President Denise Roche and Brothers of Mercy officials are scheduled to sign a formal agreement at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Clarence site. Classes will begin in January and take place once a week starting at 4 p.m. to accommodate working students, the college said.

Direct access to the health-care facility is intended to give students first-hand experience to "skilled nursing, rehabilitation services, adult care and independent living programs" offered at the center, Nicole DeKay, Brothers of Mercy nursing director, said. Some of the nursing staff at the facility are already interested in the program, she added.

D'Youville's vice president for academic affairs, Arup Sen, said the college also plans to offer MBA and adult professional development programs at the Clarence facility. He did not provide specific details or time frames.

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