Revamped program would mean accelerated graduation


November 12th, 2010

A proposed revamp of Indiana State University’s College of Nursing, Health and Human Services’ (CNHHS) early graduation program may allow advanced nursing degree seekers to graduate sooner, Indiana Statesman reports.

Tentatively being referred to as the Accelerated Second-Degree Baccalaureate Nursing Program Track, the option would accommodate between 15 and 30 students who already hold baccalaureate nursing degrees.

If this track is launched, these individuals will be allowed to enter the program and potentially graduate in 15 months, due, in part, to the inclusion of summer courses.

This option would also allow early graduates to relinquish seats to students in the fall and spring semesters.

The revised early graduation program was part of a discussion connected to the recent cancellation of two summer nursing courses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses are the largest profession in the healthcare field, and hold 2.6 million jobs.

Bachelor’s of science in nursing and associate degrees in nursing (ADN) typically take about four years to complete. ADN programs offered by community and junior institutions often take about two to three years to complete. 

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