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Bethlehem, Pa., December 17, 2013—Moravian College will hold two open house events for students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing major who can now earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing through a new 16-month accelerated program. Prospective students are urged to attend one of two open houses held on Monday, January 6, 4 to 7 p.m., or Saturday, February 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to learn how they can embark on a rewarding career path in the health professions.
Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet the highly qualified nursing faculty who will be teaching and advising them. They can review the course and curricular requirements, participate in a group Q&A, and meet other prospective students. Visitors will be offered tours of Moravian’s campus facilities, which will include simulation and nursing labs and classrooms, the HILL residence hall, dining facilities, and Reeves Library. They can also sign-up for an admissions-required interview with a nursing faculty member.
"Local, regional, and national job placement rates for RNs with baccalaureate degrees is higher than those for RNs without BS/BSN degrees, and much higher than for students who pursue most other collegiate majors,” said Dawn Goodolf, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor, Comenius Center B.S. in Nursing Program Coordinator. “Health policy experts predict continued excellent job placement rates for RNs with baccalaureate degrees into the coming decade.”
"At the open houses, students will meet with administrators and faculty members who are dedicated to students’ professional and academic success,” Goodolf noted. “All of our nursing alumni who pass the NCLEX find jobs as R.N.s within a short time after graduation. Many have pursued graduate degrees and now practice as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse researchers, to name a few."
“The program features the same depth and breadth of nursing classroom, laboratory, and clinical coursework that students benefit from in the traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate (B.S.) program, but offered over a condensed time frame,” said Kerry Cheever, professor and chair of the Nursing Department at Moravian College. “Students develop clinical decision-making skills to meet contemporary challenges in a complicated health-care system.”
Given the rigorous nature of this program, students are encouraged to focus full-time on their studies. Students may be eligible for federal loans or other forms of loans or scholarships. Upon acceptance into the program, applicants may receive counseling from the Financial Aid Office.
“Students will enroll in this program in a cohort model. They will take all of their coursework together, and not with traditional Moravian College students,” Cheever noted. “This will give students in this program the opportunity work together, form study groups, and socialize with each other during the limited break periods between academic sessions.”
Students in this program may request housing in the HILL, Moravian’s newest residence hall. Students in this program will be housed in suites together, and have the option of participating in a meal plan.
In addition to the accelerated B.S. program in nursing for college graduates, the Moravian College Department of Nursing offers: traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate (B.S.) program, baccalaureate completion program for registered nurses (R.N. to B.S.), and the Master of Science (M.S.) program in nursing.
Moravian College invites students to be part of a growing network nurse alumni employed as nurse managers, staff nurses, nursing directors, nurse researchers, clinical nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, and nurse anesthetists, to name a few, who are making a positive difference in the health of the communities they serve.
To register for an Open House or to learn more about nursing programs, contact Dawn Goodolf, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor, Comenius Center BS in Nursing Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org Many common questions about Moravian’s Accelerated BS Program in Nursing are answered on the Nursing FAQ page. For more information visit Moravian’s Nursing website at www.moravian.edu/nursing.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s website at www.moravian.edu.