Online nursing programs make higher education more accessible to working adults

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October 29th, 2010

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of jobs for registered nurses (RNs) will increase by 24 percent over the next eight years. Although this career field is expected to be quite lucrative, individuals who wish to compete for the top positions may want to consider enrolling in a nursing program.

In an effort to answer the need for these professionals, many schools are creating courses of study for both working adults in the industry and individuals who wish to become a nurse. Furthermore, many institutions are offering extensive financial aid packages in an effort to help capable degree seekers obtain higher education.

For instance, Western Governors University (WGU) recently forged a partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), which will help members of the organization reduce their educational costs.

NACHC members will now be eligible for a 5 percent discount on tuition for nursing programs at the school and an application fee waiver. In addition, these students may apply for one of 15 NACHC-WGU Community Health Scholarships, which are worth $2,000 each. 

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