New Chair of the Division of Nursing
Immaculata University announces that Patricia A. Knecht of Downingtown, PA, has joined the Division of Nursing as chairperson. In this capacity, she will oversee the RN to BSN, pre-licensure, and MSN nursing programs that Immaculata offers and will supervise over a dozen full-time faculty members.
“I am excited to join the Immaculata team. Immaculata’s core values echo key elements essential to the profession of nursing. This synergy, coupled with a rich tradition of academic excellence, provides a great platform to support growth and new initiatives aligned with nursing workforce trends,” commented Knecht on her new role at Immaculata.
Knecht comes to Immaculata from the Chester County Intermediate Unit where she served as director of Practical Nursing for 17 years supervising the operation of the practical nursing program and other adult educational training programs. Having served as an instructor in Allied Health for Delaware County Community College, she was also an adjunct faculty member in the MSN program and served on the Immaculata Nursing Advisory Board before returning as chair of the Division of Nursing.
Having begun her nursing career as a medical-surgical staff/charge nurse at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Knecht then moved to Reading Rehabilitation Hospital as a primary nurse for Head Trauma. From 1984-1988, she was the staff development instructor for the Pocopson Home in West Chester, PA.
Graduating from Immaculata with a BSN, Knecht continued her education earning a MSN from West Chester University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from Penn State University. She is also an Academy of Nursing Education Fellow (ANEF). As an expert in her field, she is currently a member of several professional organizations where she assumes various leadership positions including serving as chair of the National League for Nursing’s PN Educator and ad hoc committee; executive committee member for the Chester County Health Care Partnership; chair of the Pennsylvania Coalition for the Advancement of Nursing Education, board member of the Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital and the Chester County Neighborhood Health Association. Knecht also served as team chair/program evaluator of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.