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Westfield State offers new RN to BSN program

Westfield State offers new RN to BSN program

WESTFIELD, Mass., March 16, 2016- Westfield State University is currently accepting applications for its inaugural RN to BSN nursing program for fall 2016. At a total cost of $10,500, the program is one of the most affordable RN to BSN programs in the region.

The Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program is designed for licensed registered nurses who already have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and need to further their education.  A four-year degree in nursing is quickly becoming a requirement in the field.

Westfield State is hosting an Open House for this program on Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Horace Mann Center. Interested applicants can RSVP for the event at www.gobacknow.com.

 This program is offered through an accessible hybrid format with the majority of classes taking place online and occasional Thursday evening courses on campus. This consistent and flexible scheduling allows students to easily plan their program of study around work and family obligations. Eligible students may transfer up to 90 credits towards their degree and are required to complete 30 credits.  Students may opt to attend part-time or full-time.  Full-time students can expect to finish the program in as little as one year.

The priority deadline for applicants wishing to start in fall 2016 is April 29. Applications received later will be accepted on a space available basis or for spring 2017. Applicants must have an associate’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution, a 2.75 minimum college GPA, and a current RN license by the start of the program.

“The RN-BSN Program at Westfield State University recognizes registered nurses as adult learners and active professionals,” said program coordinator Jessica Holden, MSN, RN-BC, WCC. “We seek to provide you with an experience that will help you not only advance your degree but also meet your personal learning preferences. Ours is a student-friendly program that is flexible and respectful of the unique skill and talent you bring to the program. We encourage and expect our learners to be self-directed and actively involved in learning.”

The new program will enable nurses to obtain a BSN in as little as 30 credits and as quickly as one year of study, however time to degree completion is dependent on accepted transfer credits and courses completed each semester. The curriculum covers subjects including research related to evidence-based practice, patient safety, legal issues, ethical standards, technology integration, health care systems and policies. It will also allow students to receive crucial training in key areas such as communication, cultural and ethical understanding, leadership and critical thinking while also gaining knowledge in effectively managing the complex and changing landscape of today’s health care delivery systems.

Area hospitals are actively supporting their nurses who wish to further their degrees and Westfield State’s program helps meet this need. With the state-wide goal of increasing the workforce from 55% to 66% BSN-prepared nurses by 2020 (per the 2012 DHE Nursing Workforce Plan) the Westfield State RN to BSN program offers a solution to bridge the gap.

The Westfield State University Department of Nursing holds approval from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. The department was accredited in 2013 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Interested students should contact Graduate and Continuing Education at 413-572-8020 or email wsucgce@westfield.ma.edu to set up a meeting or speak to a member of the Outreach team. Students wishing to schedule a meeting with a nursing faculty member should contact Jessica Holden at (413) 572-8440.