As Baby Boomers age and their need for health care grows, nursing schools struggle to expand capacity. The nursing shortage in the United States is expected to intensify at a rapid pace now and in the coming years. The University of Mary, North Dakota’s only private Catholic university, announced today it wants to be at the forefront of the nursing shortage solution by expanding its offerings and launching a new accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program starting (spring semester) January 2018.
“The number of students enrolled in accelerated BSN programs increases yearly,” said Dr. Glenda Reemts, professor and chair of the Division of Nursing at the University of Mary, referencing survey data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). “In 2012, AACN found there were over 15,000 students enrolled in accelerated BSN programs in 255 colleges nationwide. The typical second-degree nursing student is motivated, older, and has higher academic expectations than traditional entry level nursing students. Accelerated BSN students typically do well academically and have high first-time National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) initial pass rates. Because of their maturity, as well as education and life experiences, employers are quick to hire graduates of BSN accelerated programs.”
University of Mary’s Division of Nursing already offers three accredited BSN tracks: an on-campus traditional BSN program; a blended LPN-BSN and an online RN to BSN.