MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced it is now enrolling for its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program (http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/master-science-nursing/) in North Dakota and Wisconsin. The online master's degree program is designed to meet the increasing need for a more skilled and educated workforce, including nurse leaders and nurse educators.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nearly 70,000 qualified nursing candidates were turned away from college nursing programs due to an insufficient number of faculty in 2014. Occupations requiring master's degrees are also projected to grow 18.4 percent through 2022, and of the 448,500 jobs projected to require a master's degree, 255,000 are within the healthcare and social assistance fields. Enrollment for the Rasmussen College MSN degree program in North Dakota and Wisconsin is immediately available with classes beginning in April.
"We are thrilled to expand enrollment for our Master of Science in Nursing degree program to North Dakota and Wisconsin – states where Rasmussen College has a strong local presence," said Dr. Joan Rich, vice president of the Rasmussen College School of Nursing. "Both states, like much of the country, are seeing an increasing need for nurses with master's degrees. According to labor analytics firm Burning Glass, there have been around 1,200 job postings over the past year in Wisconsin for nurses with a graduate or professional degree. That's up more than 430 percent from five years ago. In North Dakota, the number of job postings for nurses with a graduate or professional degree has increased by more than 330 percent since 2011. Rasmussen College is pleased to soon be able to help fill open positions in these states as well as contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession."
Rasmussen College MSN to Help Advance Nursing Profession
The Rasmussen College Master of Science in Nursing degree program is designed to prepare currently licensed registered nurses (RNs) who hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing to assume advanced nursing leadership roles and directly contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession in both educational and healthcare settings. Students have the opportunity to choose from two specializations: Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership and Administration.
The innovative and progressive curriculum is designed to help students unleash their potential and thrive as dynamic leaders. Content ranges from budgeting, scheduling and administration to instructional techniques, curriculum design and innovative teaching and assessment strategies. Classes include interactive learning as well as collaboration among peers and faculty that aligns with the evolving healthcare and education environments of today. The online environment and ability to take one class at a time also supports balance between school, work and family for nurses already in the field while still allowing them to graduate in as few as 18 months.1
"Our MSN students will be prepared to impact the current and future state of the healthcare industry," Rich said. "Students will graduate from our program with the confidence they need to be at the forefront of change and innovation for the nursing profession, nursing education and the communities we serve."
Rasmussen College first launched its Master of Science in Nursing degree program in October 2016.2 To learn more about the MSN program, visit http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/master-science-nursing/.
1Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term.
2The Rasmussen College MSN degree program is not available to residents of all states. Please speak with a program manager to determine enrollment eligibility.
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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