If you have ever considered switching careers to become a registered nurse or advancing your current health care career, Immaculata is offering two new exciting degree options that can help you reach your educational and occupational goals. As we all know, the United States is projected to experience a shortage of registered nurses (RN) that is expected to intensify as the baby boomers age and the need for health care increases. In addition to front-line health care workers, the need for management-level professionals is also in great demand.
To expedite the process of earning an undergraduate RN degree, Immaculata recently announced it is offering a second-degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. If you already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, you can enroll in the full-time ABSN program and earn your BSN degree in as few as 15 months. The degree consists of a minimum of 128 credits, of which 55 will be designated for nursing courses offered at the school; the remaining credits may consist of previous coursework that you completed through an earned bachelor’s degree.
You can find out more about ABSN at an Information Session on Thursday, April 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Loyola Hall, room 18.
When you graduate, you receive a BSN degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN ®). You’ll be pleased to know that IU’s high NCLEX pass rate of 93.10 percent is higher than the state pass rate (92.84%) and the national pass rate (87.56%).
“My class utilized an online tool to prepare for the NCLEX that assigns a coach who monitors your progress and will let you know when you are ready to take the exam,” states Ally Carmody, ’17 B.S.N., registered nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “It made taking the NCLEX a little less stressful.”
If you are already working in the health care profession, Immaculata is excited to announce a new Master of Science in Health Care Management program beginning fall 2019. This 30-credit M.S. degree, a totally online program, provides talented health care professionals with vital leadership skills and business acumen. It can prepare you for the dynamic health care industry through flexible, online classes, which can be taken part time while still remaining employed as a health care professional. The health care industry has significant needs for managers nationwide and most require an advanced degree.
“A logical ‘next-step’ for health care workers is a health care management position that can elevate careers,” states Anne Marie McCauley, DHEd., RN, director of Allied Health and Health Care Management. “The need for educated and experienced managers is said to increase 20% in the next few years.”
Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern nursing, said it best by stating, “For the sick it is important to have the best.”
Talk with our admissions team about Immaculata’s nursing and health care programs. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you discover.