Posted on: June 28, 2018
Students enrolled in the Clarkson College Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program options will receive a Nursing Workforce Educational Grant beginning in the summer 2018 semester. The institutional grant provides funding for students to complete a majority of their undergraduate nursing coursework at a flat rate of $300 per credit hour.
RN to BSN and RN to MSN program options are becoming a crucial part of the nursing field. The Institute of Medicine reported on the nursing profession’s future in 2010, making a strong recommendation that 80 percent of the nursing workforce have a baccalaureate degree (BSN) by 2020. According to surveys by the Nebraska Center for Nursing, 63.9 percent of nurses in the state have a bachelor’s degree or higher. While these numbers are encouraging, the community continues to look for ways to increase the number of working nurses with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the state and across the country.
The move toward a more educated nurse workforce led to an increase in RNs seeking advanced degrees and raised the need for strong educational programs to meet the demand. The Clarkson College RN to BSN and RN to MSN options provide associate’s degree-prepared nurses the opportunity to advance their education and explore opportunities in their professional nursing career. The curriculum emphasizes real-world applications and allows students to apply their coursework to their workplace environment. Opportunities as a practitioner, instructor, administrator or researcher are available for those who complete the program.
Both program options have a strong reputation for their level of academic excellence, proficiency in online education, customizable and accelerated study options, and small student-to-faculty ratio. “I believe the programs are a direct reflection of the College Values of Caring, Commitment and Excellence.,” said Dean of Nursing Aubray Orduña, Ed.D., RN. “As the shortage for nurses across the country looms, Clarkson College is proud to contribute through grant funding for RNs to help close the gap.”