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University to Offer Accelerated Bachelor’s of Nursing Degree

January 23rd, 2011

Educational opportunities exist for individuals who have an interest in careers in healthcare, but hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. For instance, Montana State University (MSU) plans to offer an accelerated nursing program.

Students who pursue the university’s College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s degree will be able to complete the program in 16 months, rather than the usual 29.

Interested individuals must have completed the same prerequisite courses as those in the non-accelerated nursing track.

Helen Melland, dean of the College of Nursing, views the program as a “wonderful and efficient” way for students from other disciplines to begin a second career. She adds that the university has already received a number of applications for the 16 available slots.

The first class of accelerated nursing degree students will begin taking classes in the summer of 2011, and be on track to graduate the following summer. They will be eligible to take the national licensing examination upon completion of the program.

Melland believes this offering will help ease the shortage of healthcare workers in Montana and other states.

The accelerated degree option will be available at MSU’s College of Nursing’s Bozeman campus. School officials say the program may expand to the institution’s other locations in the coming years.