Madison, IN – Ivy Tech Community College Madison today announced it will partner with Hanover College to create a first-of-its-kind nursing program partnership. This partnership, called the 1+2+1 Model, will provide Hanover College students with an opportunity to obtain an Associates of Science in Nursing at Ivy Tech Madison while working toward their Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Hanover.

Through this model, students will enroll at Hanover College for their first year and take general education core classes. During the second and third year, the students will be dual enrolled with Ivy Tech Madison and take nursing classes to obtain their Associates of Science in Nursing. During their final year, students will complete their undergraduate studies at Hanover College, to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students enrolled in the program will live on the Hanover College campus all four years and will have the opportunity to participate fully in campus life.

“This model is the first of its kind in Indiana,” said Chancellor of Ivy Tech Madison, Dr. Amanda Harsin. “We are proud of the innovation, and we applaud Hanover College collaborating with us and for building a path for students to use our premier faculty and facilities.”

“For years, Ivy Tech-Madison has been an important partner for Hanover College and our community, and we are excited to again be charting a new course together,” said Hanover College President Lake Lambert. “This partnership will transform nursing education in our region and will create tremendous opportunities for our students in the future.”

Hanover College will invite prospective students to join its nursing pathway this fall starting in August 2023. Students will complete their Associate of Science in Nursing by 2026 and be able to work in the community while they complete their bachelor’s degree in their final year.

Hanover and Ivy Tech have been partnering in preparing students for jobs in the healthcare workforce since 2019 when Hanover College approached Ivy Tech Madison to prepare Hanover students for the state licensure of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Each May since 2019, Ivy Tech has taught and prepared ten Hanover College students for the state licensure to assist them in gaining patient contact hours for graduate programs in health sciences.

The strong CNA collaboration and increased interest in the nursing program from prospective students drove discussions about the potential for an ASN to BSN partnership between the two colleges in summer of 2021, allowing prospective Hanover College students to pursue the in-demand career. As a result of continued community conversations and partnerships, Hanover and Ivy Tech guided the Higher Learning Commission visit that resulted in the necessary approval for the 1+2+1 Model. The 1+2+1 Model was approved by the Higher Learning Commission on February 27th at the Institutional Actions Council meeting.

Ivy Tech is the largest Associate Degree in Nursing Program in the nation, annually graduating more than 1,300 nurses (32 percent of all new Registered Nurses in Indiana). Ninety percent of those Ivy Tech graduates work in Indiana. The Madison campus nursing program, led by Dean Dr. Stephanie Knox, has graduated almost 1,800 nurses since its implementation back in 1990.

Hanover College’s core strengths include outstanding programs in the natural and life sciences, such as kinesiology and integrated physiology, psychology, biology and chemistry, among others. Hanover’s nursing program will be directed by Dr. Amber Wilson, who previously served as assistant professor of nursing and certified nursing assistant program director at Ivy Tech-Madison.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about the 1+2+1 Nursing Program can visit Hanover’s website at

About Hanover College
Founded in 1827 as Indiana’s first private college, Hanover is nestled on 650 acres of wooded campus overlooking the scenic Ohio River near historic Madison, Indiana. The private liberal arts college has a total undergraduate enrollment of around 1,000 and a graduate enrollment of around 170. Conveniently located between the major tri-state cities of Louisville (45 minutes), Indianapolis (95 minutes) and Cincinnati (70 minutes), Hanover College is an idyllic place where intellectual achievement and beauty truly intersect. Georgian architecture and majestic trees make Hanover an incredible place to live, learn, and work. A rigorous interdisciplinary academic program with 32 majors attracts the best and the brightest students from across the region and beyond.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.