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November 29th, 2010

The University of Arizona will offer a new online master’s nursing degree, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

This program is designed to cater to registered nurses who have earned a two-year degree at a community college and have at least two years of work experience.

In addition, it will utilize what officials refer to as a “carousel model.” The university will admit students three times per year for an eight-week semester. If an individual needs to stop their studies, they are free to resume them in eight weeks.

By offering this opportunity to students, the university is responding to two trends in the nursing field – a shortage of healthcare professionals and an increasing demand for nurses with a four-year degree.

“This is really about strengthening the nursing work force,” says Joan Shaver, the university nursing dean.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the impending nursing shortage is expected to intensify as baby boomers age, and as academic institutions struggle to raise their enrollment levels.

The university’s nursing program currently serves about 500 students, but with the addition of an online master’s degree program, enrollment could grow as high as 800. Individuals who take one class at a time can obtain their master’s degree in two years.

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