Union College now offering RN-BSN program in online format

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Union College (Barbourville, KY) is now offering registered nurses the opportunity to earn their bachelor's degree online through their new RN-BSN program. Nurses can enter and complete the the online degree program in as little as 18 months.

Union College is now providing nurses the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing through a new online format.

“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to provide this program to nurses throughout the region, Kentucky and beyond,” said Marisa Greer, Union's Dean of Nursing.

Registered nurses working across Kentucky and beyond can now earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing completely online with Union College’s new online RN-BSN program.

Dr. David Johns, Union’s Vice-President of Academic Affairs, announced the launch of the program last week. The online adaptation of the program follows the initial development of the on-campus RN-BSN degree option at Union in 2010 through the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing.

“We are excited to include this offering among our online programs,” Dr. Johns said. “Union’s online RN-BSN option will give more registered nurses the opportunity to continue to support their careers and their families, but to also find the time available to pursue a bachelor’s degree that will strengthen their career options.”

Dr. Johns says the online RN-BSN program will utilize Union’s professional nursing educators and high-tech curriculum setting for all coursework. Union also has agreements with a variety of healthcare facilities in the state allowing RN-BSN students to complete clinical work close to home and on a schedule convenient to them.

Marisa Greer, Union’s Interim Dean of Nursing, says the new online nursing program option will serve to improve the education of nurses in the field and level of healthcare provided throughout the region.

“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to provide this program to nurses throughout the region, Kentucky and beyond,” Greer said. “We know they work hard in their careers and look for ways to gain additional education to advance in the nursing field. I am glad that Union College is so focused in this area.”

Greer said more and more healthcare facilities are requiring the advanced nursing degrees and many offer financial support to encourage their nurses to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Nurses with a bachelor’s degree are eligible for a broader scope of career options as well as graduate study. Union’s online RN-BSN program can be completed in as little as 18 months, Greer said.

The Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing at Union College offers students the RN-BSN program online as well as a pre-licensure degree program in nursing for on-campus students. Union’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

To learn more about Union’s online RN-BSN program, visit http://www.unionky.edu/nursing.

About Union College:
Located in Barbourville and founded in 1879, Union College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is recognized as an important part of southeastern Kentucky’s rich history and impressive landscape. Home of the Bulldogs, Union is a private academic institution comprised of undergraduate and graduate programs, plus a new school of nursing and online learning opportunities. Union supports a diverse academic environment for nearly 1200 students built upon a liberal arts foundation and integration of higher order thinking into all learning opportunities. Union is grounded by four pillars that define our focus as an academic institution: service to each other and our communities; our Appalachian culture and heritage; our core affiliation with Methodism and the liberal arts academic experience. Collectively, these principles promote the intellectual, spiritual and physical enrichment of faculty, staff and students as well as the economic growth and health of our Appalachian community.
For more information, visit http://www.unionky.edu.

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