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University of Phoenix to Launch Nursing Program in Northern Virginia
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From the University of Phoenix:

RESTON, Va.–To help meet the ever growing demand for competent nurses in Virginia, University of Phoenix today announced that its Northern Virginia Campus will offer registered nurses the opportunity to complete their education with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing beginning in early 2011.  Based in Reston, Virginia, University of Phoenix’s Northern Virginia Campus is the first campus in the Northeast to offer the two-year completion program in the classroom as well as online.  

University of Phoenix’s Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing is designed to further develop the professional knowledge and skills of registered nurses. The rigorous curriculum, taught by faculty members with advanced degrees and substantial current nursing experience, builds on a foundation of biological, physical, and social sciences, which contribute to the science of nursing. Liberal arts courses also enhance the development of the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of the professional nurse.

According to the Governor’s recent “Roadmap for Virginia’s Health” report, Virginia’s demand for nurses is projected to reach 69,600 by 2020, while supply will only reach 47,000 – a shortage of 32.6 percent – if current trends continue.  A shortage of educational opportunities is partly to blame.  The same report indicated that 1,300 qualified applicants were turned away from nursing programs in one year due to capacity limitations. 

“The future of nursing in Virginia depends on the ability to educate the next generation of nurses,” said Dr. Pamela Fuller, EdD, MN, RN, Dean of University of Phoenix’s College of Nursing. “This program, designed for licensed registered nurses to obtain a BSN degree, enables students to advance their credentials, knowledge, skills, and career opportunities while helping meet local healthcare challenges.”

In June 2008, the University formed the College of Nursing in recognition of the growth of importance on the nursing programs to the overall mission of the University. Today, the College of Nursing is composed of nursing students who attend classes at approximately 20 campus locations or fully online. The College of Nursing is one of the largest nursing colleges in the U.S.

University of Phoenix’s Northern Virginia campus hosted prospective students, faculty and local health professionals at a special event last night to announce the program. Dr. Maureen Swick, RN, MSN, PhD, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Inova Health System-a leading healthcare provider in the region-discussed the future of nursing in the region and efforts to fill the skills gap.

 “Due to the increasing complexity of our patients, we need a more highly educated nursing workforce in our hospitals and clinics,” said Dr. Swick.  “University of Phoenix’s RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing will help make that a reality. “

University of Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education: One Dupont Circle West, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036-1120.  Phone 202-887-6791.)

For more information please visit, www.phoenix.edu/colleges_divisions/nursing.html.

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