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SOURCE Colorado Mesa University
Addresses growing need for highly educated nurses with affordable, accessible online program
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Colorado Mesa University (CMU) today announced it will begin offering its flexible, affordable, high-quality Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree program online beginning this summer. Applications for the program are currently being accepted.
"Making our RN-BSN program available online is part of our broader effort to help working professionals manage their lives and their educational pursuits successfully," said CMU President Tim Foster. "We look forward to welcoming a new segment of students to CMU as we expand our footprint in Colorado and throughout the West."
The flexibility that CMU's online RN-BSN program provides enables students to pursue the advanced training required for leadership positions and increased earning potential while balancing life, work, and family obligations.
The fully online program, which can be completed in as few as 14 months, will provide a foundation for excellence in professional nursing practice and is designed to prepare graduates who have met state licensure requirements to practice as a professional nurse, pursue graduate education, and assume leadership roles.
Guided by its commitment to access and affordability, CMU has priced the upper division RN-BSN courses at $9,295, making it one of the most affordable programs that a working RN can access for BSN completion in the state of Colorado.
The program integrates nursing theory, practice, and science, while providing students with deeper insight into contemporary issues like gerontology, informatics, and the emerging role of nursing in community-based care. Students will develop the ability to become more holistic caregivers, while gaining the education necessary to meet the increasing need for quality healthcare in society today.
Increased access to CMU's program comes amidst growing national and regional focus on the ability of existing programs and educational systems to produce the number of additional nurses with the appropriate levels of education likely to be needed in the future. The need for additional nurses with baccalaureate degrees is especially pronounced in Colorado, and CMU's flexible, affordable online offering is well-positioned to address it.
Courses will be taught by CMU's dedicated and accessible faculty. The RN-BSN program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
CMU has chosen Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States and around the world, to help convert the program into an online format, recruit students and support student retention efforts.
CMU's new online RN-BSN program will begin in August 2014. Click here to apply or learn more.
About Colorado Mesa University
A comprehensive university located in the center of western Colorado, Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus. As western Colorado's largest university, Colorado Mesa serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College and via online offerings. Colorado Mesa University serves as the primary intellectual and cultural center in western Colorado and promotes the exchange of ideas that are of regional, national and international importance. Founded in 1925, it's a dynamic university enrolling almost 10,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels. For more information, visit www.coloradomesa.edu.
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