Spring Arbor University Announces Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program

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The traditional undergraduate nursing program begins fall 2017 - enrollment is now open.

Spring Arbor University is pleased to announce the addition of a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing to its campus undergraduate curriculum.

Incoming freshman and transfer students may now enroll in the program, which just received initial approval from the Michigan Board of Nursing. As of release, the program has the capacity to accommodate 30 students. The program begins in the fall of 2016, and first-year students will be able to begin nursing classes in the spring of 2017.

“Our approach to educating nurses fits the applications of the liberal arts into a missional framework,” said Al Kauffman, chair of SAU’s nursing program. “I think we have the opportunity to help nursing students recognize the value of a liberal arts education. They can better understand why their work is important and what the program truly offers, and they will be better nurses for it. They’ll be excellent nurses.”

Launching a BSN program at the Spring Arbor University’s undergraduate campus reflects the changing nature of the healthcare industry, and the men and women it employs. According to a study conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the number of care providers needed for the aging American population will dramatically increase over the next decade. The median age of today’s working nurse is 40, with the demand for new nurses expected to increase exponentially into 2030. And with increased demand for credentialed nurses, students pursuing SAU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing are almost assured continued and gainful employment as they transition into their careers.

“For years, nursing was by far the most requested major we didn’t then offer prospective undergraduate students,” said Malachi Crane, vice president for enrollment and marketing. “There is a huge demand for nurses within the current job market, and that’s only going to continue to increase. Both employers and students are excited that we’re bringing this program to campus.”

When the first undergraduate students arrive on campus, they will have access to a unique clinical resource: a brand new, state-of-the-art simulation lab. Currently under construction, the space is designed to provide students an environment to practice the clinical skills they will later utilize in caring for and interacting with patients. Course offerings in the program will include pharmacology, community health, nursing research and nursing leadership, and will be led by experienced instructors, most of whom hold terminal degrees (DNP, Ph.D.) or are working toward their doctoral degrees.

Raymond Jones, director of SAU’s campus nursing program, expressed his excitement, saying, “We want them to be Christ followers, critical thinkers, and able to perform clinically, vocationally and spiritually as nurses. They will be transformed, and as the hands and feet of Christ, will transform the lives of others."

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Spring Arbor, MI 49283
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