University of Louisiana Lafayette, Through Academic Partnerships, Offers Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

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With the assistance of Academic Partnerships, UL Lafayette is now offering an online program for registered nurses to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.

UL Lafayette is offering a new online program that enables registered nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Its College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions is working with Academic Partnerships, a Dallas-based higher education service provider, to make required courses available through distance learning. The RN to BSN program targets registered nurses who hold an associate degree in nursing.

The additional coursework required to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing provides more in-depth treatment of the physical and social sciences. So, it prepares a nurse for a broader scope of practice and provides a better understanding of issues that affect patients and health care delivery, such as culture and economics, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

National surveys have shown that a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree can earn about 10 percent more than a nurse who holds an associate degree. Recent research has also indicated that better-educated nurses have higher levels of job satisfaction.

“This new online option will enable registered nurses to take courses at their own convenience. The ability to work toward earning a degree, while holding a job and raising a family, should be especially attractive,” said Dr. Gail Poirrier, dean of UL Lafayette’s College of Nursing.

Rob Ganji, president of Academic Partnerships, said, “The RN to BSN online program will help the university educate more nurses who might not otherwise earn a bachelor’s degree because of other time commitments or distance from a university campus.”

Some registered nurses may be able to complete Louisiana’s new RN to BSN program in as few as 11 months.

There are four remaining start dates in 2012. The application deadline is March 30 for the next session, which will begin April 30.

The College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

More information is available at degree.louisiana.edu or by calling (877) 588-2429.

About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

About Academic Partnerships
Dallas-based Academic Partnerships, LLC, (http://www.academicpartnerships.com) a higher education service provider, helps state universities expand access to their programs by converting traditional degree programs to online delivery and builds enrollment by recruiting and retaining qualified students.

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