New degree-completion program keeps RNs working while enhancing their credentials
NEWBERRY, S.C. (July 19, 2017) – Newberry College has expanded its nursing program to include an RN-to-BSN degree-completion program that can be completed entirely online.
The new degree-completion program is designed for working RNs who have already earned an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing and seek to enhance their credentials and position themselves for career advancement by earning a bachelor of science in nursing degree.
As a special bonus, the College is offering its required one-credit Online Orientation class at no cost (a savings of $395) to students enrolling in an online degree-completion program with Newberry Online. Students in the inaugural class of the RN-to-BSN degree-completion program also will receive a voucher to use at the Newberry College Bookstore. Additionally, members of the inaugural RN-to-BSN class who live or work in Newberry County will be eligible for the Newberry Community Scholarship offered for community members enrolling with Newberry Online.
Department of Nursing chair Betsy McDowell, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEFF, noted the new RN-to-BSN degree-completion program responds to the rising demand for bachelors-trained nurses.
“A growing number of hospitals and other clinical settings are making a bachelor’s degree a mandatory credential for newly hired nurses and for nurses being promoted to supervisory and management roles,” McDowell said. “This new program will help nurses progress in their careers without having to put their lives on hold to go back to school.”
The RN-to-BSN degree-completion program is designed to allow students to complete the nursing course sequence in as little as 12 months. Courses are 7.5 weeks in duration. Because classes are not offered in the typical lockstep format of many degree-completion programs, students are able to scale up or down on the courses they take in any given term based on the demands on their time in the other areas of their lives.
Over the course of the coming year, Newberry Online plans to launch online degree-completion programs in Respiratory Therapy, Healthcare Management, Psychology, Criminal Justice and Business Administration.