The Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing will offer its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in a new format beginning in the summer of 2004. The 18-month, accelerated BSN mobility option is designed for college graduates who already hold bachelor's degrees in non-nursing fields.
"We are committed to finding creative solutions to our community's need for professional nurses. This mobility option will offer college graduates who, for whatever reason, wish to pursue a different career path, the opportunity to do so while receiving recognition of and credit for previous college work," said Linda Rooda, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions
The accelerated option is based on a full-time plan of study emphasizing health promotion, maintenance of maximum levels of wellness, and regaining health after health crises in individuals and families. Clinical experiences will focus on both hospital and community-based nursing.
Students admitted to this accelerated option will have completed all of their pre-requisite courses. For many students, the only pre-requisite courses that they have not already taken by virtue of their previous bachelor's degree will be sciences such as anatomy and physiology and microbiology. Advisors will work closely with students before admission to nursing, in order to insure that previous courses will transfer or be counted appropriately and to make certain that students are ready to enter the nursing major. Once admitted, students will begin nursing courses in the first summer session and graduate in December of the following year.
According to Rooda, "There is a nationwide shortage of professional nurses, and in Indiana the Lake County region is one of the hardest hit. This mobility option will help meet the demand for nurses while speeding up the educational process for those students who have already demonstrated their ability to be successful in college."
The Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing is committed to improving the health of the citizens of Indiana, the nation and beyond by addressing society's need for effective nurses. For more information about the school and its programs visit the school's Web site at www.iun.edu/~nurse or call (219) 980-6600.