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TO EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:
New Online BSN Offers RNs 8-Week Terms, Specialty Areas
PITTSBURGH, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Applications are
now being accepted for the Duquesne University School of Nursing's new
online program that will enable registered nurses (RNs) to earn a
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Classes for the RN-BSN
Program start in the fall of 2014, and students may complete the
program on a full-time or part-time basis.
National trends-including an aging population, the increased demand
for health care services through the Affordable Care Act and the need
to improve health care outcomes-are spurring a need for a program like
Duquesne's online RN-BSN program.
A recent report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80
percent of the country's nurses should have a baccalaureate degree by
the year 2020. Research shows that RNs prepared at the
baccalaureate-degree level and higher are linked to lower mortality
rates, fewer medication errors and overall positive outcomes. Studies
indicate that nearly 40 percent of U.S. nurses in the workforce hold
either a hospital diploma or associate's degree in nursing.
Duquesne's RN-BSN degree, which requires 126 credits, offers every
course online and can be completed in eight-week terms, allowing
students to easily take six credits per semester. Specialty areas
include ethics, quality and safety, forensics, veterans health, global
health and human rights, and professional development.
All non-nursing courses will be offered in the program through
Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional
Advancement. Students may take any of the required non-nursing courses
at Duquesne or at another pre-approved university. RN-BSN students
will receive 60 transfer credits for their prior lower-division
nursing courses, and other college credits can be transferred as well.
An orientation for the RN-BSN program will address the online format,
Blackboard virtual learning environment, assignments, testing,
technical support, and faculty and advisor support.
For more information, call 412.396.6550 or visit www.duq.edu/rn-bsn.
Duquesne University Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked
among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning
faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of
more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, has been
nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and
commitment to sustainability. www.duq.edu.
SOURCE Duquesne University
/CONTACT: Rose Ravasio, 412.396.6051/cell 412.818.0234; Karen Ferrick-Roman, 412.396.1154/cell 412.736.1877
/Web Site: http://www.duq.edu
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