Bethel Appoints New Graduate Nursing Program Director

Dr. Steve Cramer, Bethel College president, announces the appointment of Karon Schwartz Ph.D., RN, of Centreville, MI, to the position of graduate nursing program director.

Dr. Schwartz brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this position, including a teaching career of 15 years in both community colleges and baccalaureate programs. She has been active in curriculum and program development and evaluation at each of these levels of education. She works in consulting in Coremeasures and Medical Statistics as well as current clinical experience in the hospital setting working both in direct patient care. She also serves on the research and practice committees, and Pathway development committee at Three Rivers Health, Three Rivers, MI, and has been pivotal in developing patient education resource booklets for patients in a small rural hospital in Michigan.

Dr. Schwartz is active in community service, attending to the needs of the Amish in her community and teaching classes in health care topics to church and community groups. She has taught in a part-time capacity in the Bethel graduate nursing program this past year.

Dr. Schwartz obtained her associate's degree in religion in 1964 while at Kentucky Mt. Bible College. She then attended Goshen college, earning her B.S.N. in nursing and B.A.S.W. in social work in 1971. In 1990, Dr. Schwartz graduated from Andrews University with a master's in nursing. She completed a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 2002.

Dr. Ruth Davidhizar, dean of nursing, notes, "She is committed to student outcomes of critical thinking, effective communication and nursing process, and incorporating Christian principles in the academic and professional demeanor of our students."

Vice President for Academic Services Dr. Jim Stump states, "We are happy to add another graduate program to our offerings at Bethel College and look forward to the contribution Dr. Schwartz will make to our graduate level of education."

Bethel College has a master's in nursing program that prepares graduates for nursing education in patient care and staff development settings in hospitals and health care agencies. Applications for the second class this fall
are still being accepted. For information on the program, contact nursing student recruiter, Koelle Jech at or Dr. Karon Schwartz at Dr. Schwartz can be contacted by calling the Bethel Nursing Division at 574.257.3369 or 1.800.422.4251.