Montana State University

MSU College of Nursing to offer accelerated bachelor's degree alternative

December 13, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University's College of Nursing will soon offer a second degree alternative that will allow students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing at an accelerated pace.

Once admitted, students will be able to complete nursing requirements in approximately 16 months instead of 29. To be eligible, students must have completed the same prerequisite courses as students in the non-accelerated nursing program. The first group of 16 students admitted to the alternative will begin classes this summer.

"This will be a wonderful and efficient way for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another discipline to begin a second career in nursing," said Helen Melland, dean of the College of Nursing. "We expect that this will be a popular offering and already have many applications for the available slots."

As a result of the accelerated offering, 16 more nurses will be prepared to enter the workforce every year, which should help ease a shortage of nurses in Montana and other states, Melland said.

The first group of students admitted to the alternative will be on track to graduate in the summer of 2012. At that time, they will be eligible to take the national licensing examination to enter professional nursing practice and to become licensed in Montana or any other state.

Additional groups of students will begin the alternative each summer on the Bozeman campus. The option may be expanded in future years to include other MSU College of Nursing campuses, Melland said.

For more information about the accelerated offering, call the College of Nursing at 994-3783 or visit http://www.montana.edu/wwwnu/.

Helen Melland, (406) 994-3784 or helen.melland@montana.edu