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University Announces Nursing Developments

January 26th, 2011

Fayetteville State University (FSU) in North Carolina has announced it will resume the admissions process for its nursing program, nineteen months after the institution’s chancellor suspended them, reports The Fayetteville Observer. This was one of three developments to come from school officials this week.

University trustees voted unanimously to apply with the state Board of Nursing to re-establish the institution’s four-year degree program. They will submit the application in February and expect to hear back by May.

In addition to the university’s willingness to accept new nursing degree applicants, school officials announced that they would like to establish a master’s program.

According to Afua Arhin, head of FSU’s nursing department, the university’s RN-to-BSN has become a feeder for graduate programs provided by other schools. This has led Arhin to believe the institution must establish their own master’s degree.

These announcements coincided with the opening of FSU’s new, $10 million Southeastern North Carolina Nursing Education and Research Center.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing states that graduates of master’s nursing programs can expect to make annual salaries that range between $60,000 and $90,000. These wages depend on an individual’s experience and geographic location.