Plymouth, N.H.–After a very successful first year, Plymouth State University is again expanding its nursing program by offering an online component for busy students. This summer, the courses in the RN-BS Completion Program will be offered completely online.
“Many of the students in our RN to BS completion program population are working full-time, and have families and numerous other responsibilities, so offering the program online gives nurses more flexibility and increased access to further their education,” explains professor and Director of the Department of Nursing, Mary Bantell, who launched a similar, and very successful, initiative as a member of the nursing faculty at Texas A&M.
PSU’s Nursing program offers two tracks: a four-year traditional undergraduate program for students who do not hold an RN license, and an RN to BS completion program for students who hold an associate’s degree in nursing and have a current license to practice as a registered nurse. PSU’s decision to launch a nursing program was a response to the growing need for more nurses, prompted by an aging population in need of care and a large number of nursing professionals reaching retirement age. According to the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, registered nurses are among the top of the list of occupations with the most projected openings. As of 2010, there were 613 openings annually in New Hampshire with a 31 percent increase projected over the 10-year period between 2006 and 2016. That represents an additional 4000 nurses needed by 2016. When PSU began its nursing program in 2011, the demand was evident.
“Our first year was filled almost immediately,” said Bantell.
Ninety students were accepted into the program, with students taking courses year round, including summer, with some courses offered on Saturdays.
The unique characteristics of PSU’s RN-BS Completion Program include:
- All nursing courses delivered online
- Program can be completed full or part time
- Students can enter into the Program in any semester
- Students can be awarded 3-6 elective credits for current National nursing certification
A Bachelor of Science in nursing does more than prepare nurses for the increased demands of the profession, notes Bantell. “It also gives nurses a greater return on salary, provides more opportunities in the job market, and is the stepping-stone to graduate education.”
For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., or call (603) 535-2775.