KANSAS CITY, Kan., Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced the expansion of its accelerated entrance options for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/bachelor-science-nursing-bsn/) to Kansas. The Rasmussen College BSN degree program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), is now available with two accelerated pre-licensure entrance options at the College's Kansas City/Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas campuses. The entrance options are designed for students who are committed to the nursing profession and eager to launch their careers as quickly as possible, as well as help fill a significant need for registered nurses (RNs) with bachelor's degrees in Kansas. Enrollment is immediately available with classes expected to begin in April.
"We are excited to expand our two accelerated BSN entrance options to our campuses in Kansas City/Overland Park and Topeka. These options will provide students in Kansas who are driven to achieve their BSN degree an opportunity to do so at an accelerated pace," said Dr. Joan Rich, vice president of the School of Nursing at Rasmussen College. "Since we first launched our accelerated BSN entrance options in Florida and Wisconsin in fall 2015, we have seen significant interest from prospective students across the United States which is reflective of the need and demand for accelerated nursing programs. At Rasmussen College, we work closely with our healthcare partners within each campus community to understand their current employment needs. We know the accelerated entrance option for our BSN degree will allow dedicated, driven students the opportunity to get into the nursing profession quickly while also positively impacting the healthcare needs in the Kansas City region and Topeka communities."
High Demand for RNs with a Bachelor's Degree in Kansas
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends the proportion of working RNs with bachelor's degrees increase to 80 percent by 2020 in order to meet the needs of an aging population and the evolving healthcare system across the U.S. According to labor analytics firm Burning Glass, there were more than 4,800 job postings over the past year for RNs with a bachelor's degree in Kansas. The majority of those postings were in the Kansas City metropolitan area with around 4,700 postings. Another 300 job postings were in Topeka alone. When compared to the number of job postings just five years ago—around 1,200—there has been a 280 percent growth in demand for registered nurses with bachelor's degrees in Kansas.
"In addition to the growing demand for RNs with bachelor's degrees in Kansas, a number of hospitals and medical clinics are currently under construction in the Kansas City region, and those facilities will require more nurses and other healthcare workers," said Tanner Funk, associate dean of the School of Nursing at Rasmussen College in Kansas City/Overland Park. "The Rasmussen College BSN degree program will prepare students for a leadership role in the nursing field by providing real-world curriculum taught by experienced nursing faculty as well as hands-on training and practicum experiences. Upon graduation, students will also be fully prepared for the RN licensure exam."
Two Accelerated Pre-Licensure BSN Entrance Options
Second Degree Entrance Option
The Second Degree Entrance Option is a pre-licensure track that may be completed in as few as 18 months.* Candidates for this option currently hold a non-nursing bachelor's degree and are now looking to complete their BSN.
Standard Entrance Option
The Standard Entrance Option is a pre-licensure track that may be completed in as few as 33 months.* Candidates for this option do not currently hold a bachelor's degree. Students who enroll in the BSN program through the Standard Entrance Option are also eligible for the Rasmussen College Flex Choice® Credit by Assessment learning option, which allows them to complete some of their general education courses through online, self-directed assessments at a more affordable cost.
Post-Licensure BSN Entrance Option
RN to BSN Entrance Option
Rasmussen College also offers a fully online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Entrance Option. This post-licensure option is designed for registered nurses who have obtained their RN degree through an associate's degree program (or diploma and/or certificate) and are looking to advance their nursing careers by obtaining a degree from a CCNE-accredited program. The RN to BSN entrance option may be completed in as few as 12 months.*
To learn more about the accelerated entrance options for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree now being offered at the Rasmussen College Kansas City/Overland Park and Topeka campuses, please visit http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/accelerated-bsn-second/ or http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/accelerated-bsn-standard/.
*Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE):
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ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE:
Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college that is dedicated to changing lives and the communities it serves through high-demand and flexible educational programs. Since 1900, the College has been committed to academic innovation and providing a high standard of education while empowering students to pursue a college degree. Rasmussen College offers certificate and diploma programs through associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs online and across its 22 Midwest and Florida campuses. A pioneer in online education, the College is helping lead advancements in innovations such as competency-based education and comprehensive student support services that help working adults advance their careers. The College is also committed to providing a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit www.rasmussen.edu.
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