February 1st, 2011
Judson College in Alabama has announced its plans to offer an associate’s nursing degree in the fall of 2012.
The Christian college considered offering a nursing program in the early 1970s. However, it was the country’s current shortage of healthcare professionals and the institution’s commitment to community service that finally led to the formation of the associate’s degree.
According to Dr. David Potts, Judson president, more than two dozen other Alabama institutions with nursing programs have turned away qualified applicants due to enrollment limits.
A report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing indicated that in 2009, U.S. institutions had to reject 54,991 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate programs int his field. This was due in part to a shortage of faculty and a lack of classroom space.
“Nursing is the most sought-after major by prospective students that Judson heretofore did not offer,” says Charlotte Clements, vice president for admissions. “We believe it’s an opportune time to proceed with a quality program.”
Due to Judson’s involvement in service projects in rural environments, the college’s nursing program will have a focus on healthcare these settings. Students will utilize two campus facilities, which Potts says feature “state-of-the-art” classrooms and equipment.
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