Thanks to Innovative Collaboration With Carondelet, UMC: UA College of Nursing to Offer Fast-Track Bachelor's Degree Program for College Graduates Seeking New Career
Thanks to an innovative collaboration involving the University of Arizona College of Nursing, Carondelet Health Network and University Medical Center, Southern Arizona's severe nursing shortage soon will see some relief.
Beginning in June, the UA College of Nursing will offer the 14-month Accelerated BSN Partnership Program for College Graduates, a fast-paced program to prepare individuals - with earned college degrees in non-nursing fields - for a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Forty-eight selected students will have their tuition entirely covered by either Carondelet or UMC; after graduation they will be committed to work for one of the two health care organizations for two years. (Total cost to the health organization partners is $27,500 per student.) Please Note: Interested students first must fulfill the required course prerequisites for a nursing major before they may apply for entry into the 14-month full-time Accelerated Program.
The program "provides financial support for mature individuals with proven academic track records to `re-career' as nurses," College officials explain. To the extent possible, all clinical educational experiences for students enrolled in the program will be conducted in the sponsoring health care organization.
Marjorie Isenberg, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Dean of the UA College of Nursing, said, "This new program is truly a `win-win-win' situation in which all the collaborators - and the Southern Arizona community -- will benefit. The health care partners are addressing workforce shortages by investing in their employees of the future; the College of Nursing will have the necessary resources to expand its capacity to educate excellent nurses for our state; and the students will have the opportunity to prepare (tuition-free) for their careers as professional nurses in a fast-track BSN program specifically designed for college graduates. Upon graduation, they will be able to join the excellent nursing staffs at one of two outstanding health care systems in Tucson."
John Duval, Chief Operating Officer at UMC, said, "We are excited by this innovation. The College of Nursing is taking a leadership role in addressing the nursing shortage in Southern Arizona while staying focused on high-quality nursing education."
Peggy MacMacken, RN, MS, Vice President Patient Care Services, Carondelet Health Network, said, "It's an honor to partner with the University of Arizona in such an innovative approach to the nursing shortage. We are privileged to offer this opportunity to people who are willing to go back and learn new skills to fill this critical shortage."
Dr. Isenberg adds, "This community partnership can be seen in the context of a national trend in which hospitals are playing a larger role to help expand nursing programs. The innovative degree program offers the most expedient way to begin a career in the nursing profession."
PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSIONS:
- Wednesday, Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m., UA College of Nursing, Room 122
- Saturday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m., UA College of Nursing, Room 117
- Wednesday, Jan. 8, 3:30 p.m., UA College of Nursing, Room 117
For application and information, visit: http://www.nursing.arizona.edu or call 1-800-288-6158.
Your future as a NURSE starts now! Please apply by Jan. 30 for June admission.