MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Northern Michigan University is making it easier for nurses to earn a bachelor's degree.
Beginning in early January, NMU will offer an RN to BSN program without students ever coming to campus. "The program is entirely online so students can do all the clinical requirements within their area of residence," says Katie Menard, Associate Professor of Nursing at NMU.
The program is meant for students who already have an associate's degree in nursing, but would like to further their education and obtain a bachelor's degree.
"This population of students tends to be adult learners with families and full-time jobs, so we're experiencing low enrollment in that face-to-face program. Whenever we talked to people interested in pursuing their bachelor's degree, they were choosing to go elsewhere because they weren't able to attend classes here on campus," Menard says.
The 32-credit program is a combination of nursing and leadership courses in 8-week segments. Most students will be able to get a degree in four semesters going part-time. They will create their own clinical courses, called project based clinicals, since they're already doing normal hands-on patient care in their everyday jobs.
"They're not going to be passing meds and giving injections. Instead they're going to be working on higher level projects like quality improvement, things that have to do with population health, things that have to do with leadership," she says.
One of the best things about this program is its low tuition rate. Each credit will be $362, which is more than $100 less than the standard undergraduate tuition. Program registration begins in early November.
"The plan of study is going to be different for each student so anyone who is interested, we're hoping they'll contact us and then we'll be able to come up with an individualized plan of study for each student," says Menard.
If you would like more information on the RN to BSN program, please visit www.nmu.edu/nursing.