SPOKANE, Wash. — The Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing will serve as an educational and visitation host for 12 nursing students and two faculty members from Iwate Prefectural University in Moriko, Japan, from Feb. 27 – March 8.

The Japanese nursing students will arrive in Spokane today (Feb. 27) and go directly to the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing campus to be greeted by Dean Dorothy Detlor and have lunch with local nursing students.

Throughout their 10-day visit, the Iwate students will attend classes and clinical sections with faculty and students from the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing. The experience will include attending lectures, practice lab simulations, clinical site visits and a March 2 tour of the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

The visitation is part of the Sister University relationship between Eastern Washington University and Iwate Prefectural University. EWU is part of the Intercollegiate College of Nursing consortium. Although other students from Iwate have visited the region, this is the first group of nursing students to make the trip. The students will also visit and observe classes in the English Language Institute at EWU.

The Iwate students will be hosted by six faculty members from the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing who will provide transportation and lodging for the students throughout their visit. Entertainment will include a March 6 ski day at 49 Degrees North.

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. The College of Nursing offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled through its four consortium partners: Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, WSU and Whitworth College. Each year, the college educates more than 650 graduate and upper-division undergraduate students and prepares more entry-level nurses than any other educational institution in the state. For more information about the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing, visit the college Web site at www.nursing.wsu.edu.