On-line Nursing Program attractive option for registered nurses
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – With nearly 80 students now enrolled in Southeastern Louisiana University’s on-line nursing degree program, university officials say the accelerated program is filling a need in helping registered nurses obtain their bachelor’s degrees.
In only its second year, the RN to BS degree is attracting students not just from Louisiana but from other nearby states as well, said Jean Urick, who coordinates the program at Southeastern.
The school started offering the program last year as part of a statewide special initiative known as CALL – or Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana. Sponsored by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the program targets adults who have completed some college and received credits but not baccalaureate degrees. Southeastern’s program allows registered nurses who hold diplomas or associate degrees the opportunity to earn bachelor of science degrees completely on-line.
“There are thousands of registered nurses in Louisiana, many working full time with families and other responsibilities,” Urick said. “This program gives them the flexibility to take accelerated courses at their own pace without having to come to a campus and sit in a classroom. And they still get one-on-one attention from the faculty.”
Although offered on-line, the courses are no less rigorous than those offered in a classroom, demanding discipline and time management to complete the required work, she said. The program is considerably more affordable than similar ones offered at private or proprietary schools.
“In many healthcare settings, a bachelor’s degree is essential in order to advance in the profession or move into managerial positions,” Urick explained. “CALL is helping those nurses advance professionally according to their own time schedules. It has become a very attractive option for registered nurses seeking to advance their education.”
Additional information on the CALL nursing program is available at www.selu.edu/call.