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Online nursing programs reach out to nontraditional students

November 2nd, 2010


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses (RNs) can choose from a variety educational options if they wish to advance their careers. While a diploma and associate's degree are both acceptable qualifications in the eyes of many employers, individuals who earn a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) maybe eligible for more career opportunities than those who have completed less formal training.

While these certifications typically take four years to complete, there are several campus-based and online nursing programs that are intended to serve students who have already earned some college credit in another field. In addition, some courses of study are designed to be convenient for individuals who have work or family responsibilities.

In fact, some of these institutions are launching mutual efforts to reach out to busy degree seekers. For instance, Indiana Wesleyan University recently announced that it will partner with Central Texas College for the second consecutive year in order to offer an online nursing degree.

The Adult Learning and Leadership program requires students to work in cohorts to complete a core nursing curriculum, discuss issues that are pertinent to the current healthcare industry and finish their assignments, according to school officials.