Academic Partnerships Appoints Dr. Ruth Tarantine As Director Of Academic Services For Nursing Programs

Academic Partnerships, one of the world’s largest online service providers for higher education, announced today it has appointed Dr. Ruth Tarantine to direct its academic support for nursing programs. A national expert in the design and delivery of scalable programs with clinical components, Tarantine further expands Academic Partnerships’ expertise in technology-aided learning and innovation in nursing education.

Tarantine joins Academic Partnerships from South University where, as the department chair for online graduate nursing programs, she oversaw academic quality, rigor and compliance with strict accreditation requirements. A highly experienced nursing faculty member and a 20-year veteran nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Tarantine is one of a few national experts who have successfully scaled complex nursing practica through innovation.

“Ruth is an excellent addition to the Academic Partnerships team and brings us a truly unique expertise,” said Academic Partnerships Chairman and CEO Randy Best. “With her background as an RN, DNP, nurse administrator, professor and online learning expert, she is a great asset to our university partners who — through nursing education — are addressing a great market need and, as a result, improving the quality of patient care.”

Tarantine joins Academic Partnerships as the company accelerates the growth of its health care division to meet the demand for affordable, high-quality online nursing programs designed to fit nurses’ busy lives.

“Academic Partnerships has an unprecedented track record in significantly growing nursing programs for public universities with unrivaled quality and helping practicing nurses grow professionally through higher education,” said Tarantine. “It is exciting to join a company that is deeply committed to the advancement of health care through education and innovation, and I am looking forward to collaborating with our partner universities to expand the reach of their nursing programs.”

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