New Online BSN Offers RNs 8-Week Terms, Specialty Areas



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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

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/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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