(Content taken from press release issued on September 27, 2013)
Utica, NY – The need for professional registered nurses is growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Employment Projections 2010-2020, employment opportunities are on the rise for registered nurses.
Utica College has a new, innovative program that is designed to help answer this need. The Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program is a 16-month hybrid of online study and hands-on clinical placement experience. The Utica College program is one of the first in New York State to be offered in this hybrid format; the simulation laboratory and testing site is centrally located in Syracuse.
The need for such a program is demonstrated by approximately 7,300 inquiries received between April 2012 and September 2013.
Designed specifically for individuals who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are seeking a second career in nursing, the program features a new model of teaching and learning. Within the 16 months, students will work toward their baccalaureate degrees by taking theory courses online and performing clinical and lab skills onsite. The in-depth courses offered by the program employ numerous teaching methods and use multimedia resources and proctored testing on location to assess the students’ progress.
On October 3, the accelerated nursing program in New York held a grand opening for the program’s site in Syracuse, where students go to learn and practice key nursing skills throughout their time in the program. The site is equipped with a simulation lab that features the same medical technology and equipment used in hospitals and other health care settings, as well as instruction rooms, computer areas and a student lounge.
“So far, the program has been very well received,” said Cathy Brownell, chair and associate professor of nursing at Utica. The program is currently full with 72 students, Brownell said.
“Because of Utica College’s reputation in higher education and the uniqueness of this program, we draw applicants from all over New York State and even several from other parts of the country,” said Jennifer Hill, site director. “This program is highly competitive and attracts strong academic candidates who will become wonderful additions to the professional nursing community.”
Hill said that the next term will begin January 6, 2014, with a cohort of 48 students.
Utica’s accelerated nursing program is approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Learning and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Utica College is host to an entire suite of nursing programs including a campus-based undergraduate program, an online RN to BS program and the accelerated nursing program. Students in Utica’s various nursing programs have access to several state-of-the-art resources including the Albert and Gloria Shaheen Nursing Laboratory, which features a fully equipped hospital ward simulation and advanced learning technologies.