Dr. Janice Williams is the Nursing Program Director and Professor of Nursing at College of the Ozarks. Dr. Williams, husband Richard and four children (Jackson, Kevin, Annabeth, Ashleigh), moved to the Ozarks in summer 2005.
Prior to moving to Hollister, Dr. Williams was the Chair of the Nursing Department and Associate Professor at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota where she coordinated 3 campuses and satellite programs for nursing (SD, MN, and ND).
Dr. Williams developed the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the College which includes a state-of-the art clinical simulation lab located on campus in the old McDonald Hospital. This clinical learning model program was designed to energize student learning while maximizing faculty time.
The nursing program (Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing), the College's newest program, admitted its charter class in August, 2007; fifteen students graduated May 9, 2010. The BSN program earned Initial Approval Status from the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN) in March 2007. The program is seeking national accreditation and completed a 3 day survey by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSBN plans to review the program again in November 2010 for the purpose of granting Full Approval Status. The program seeks to admit approximately 24-30 qualified students each fall. Currently, 60 students are enrolled in the program and 36 pre-nursing students that started this fall.
The BSN program mirrors the College's mission and goals. The mission of the Department of Nursing is to present a Christ-centered, Biblically-based, character-driven nursing education program, while preparing qualified individuals for a spiritual role as a professional nurse providing service to Christ and humankind.
Dr. Williams teaches pharmacology and pathophysiology and enjoys researching and presenting in the areas of Critical Thinking, Leadership/Mentoring, and Diabetes.
Dr. Williams' educational credentials include Doctor of Nursing Practice/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Masters of Science in Nursing/University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN; Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science in Nursing/Union University, Jackson, TN. She has earned national certifications in Adult Health (ACNS-BC), Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Parish Nursing.