PHOENIX, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Brookline College, a multi-campus higher education company headquartered in Phoenix, announced it has begun accepting applications for a bachelor of science in nursing for baccalaureate degree graduates program at its Phoenix campus located at 2445 W. Dunlap Avenue.
The intensive, full-time, approximately 16-month program prepares individuals who already have a bachelor's degree and required prerequisite courses to prepare for a career as a nurse. After successfully completing the program, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination.
"There are very few programs like this in Arizona and most of them have waiting lists," said Pamela Randolph, Associate Director of Education for the Arizona State Board of Nursing. "This program will help increase the proportion of bachelor's prepared nurses in Arizona. Numerous studies have shown that care provided by bachelor's prepared nurses is associated with improved health outcomes."
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the latest data show that more than 54,000 qualified applications to professional nursing programs were turned away in 2009 (www.aacn.nche.edu/media/newsreleases/2010/enrollchanges.html).
"We have worked very closely with the Arizona Board of Nursing to develop this accelerated program," said Dr. Carol Kleinman, Executive Dean of Nursing at Brookline College. "As a nursing educator for the past 30 years, I understand the critical need to educate more nurses, especially those at the bachelor's level. With this new Brookline College program, students will have the opportunity to get a top-quality education in one of the most accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the Valley."
"Students will likely come from a wide variety of backgrounds and majors," said Kleinman. "This program is for students who always wanted to become a nurse but didn't, those who are looking for a recession-resistant career or those looking for better advancement opportunities, salaries and benefits."
Brookline is now accepting applications for the first class, which is scheduled to begin on November 29, 2010. For more information, contact the Brookline College Nursing Department at (866) 514-3821 or visit www.brooklinecollege.edu.
Brookline College is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and has five campus locations: Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The college has served students for 31 years. It's Arizona and NM campuses are approved to offer bachelor and associate degrees as well as diplomas in a variety of health care, business and legal programs. Not every program is offered at every campus location. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the campus they wish to attend to discuss program options. The Oklahoma City campus offers diploma programs only.
The Arizona and New Mexico campuses of Brookline College are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Brookline College's Oklahoma City campus is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE), 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg 300, Suite 325 Atlanta, GA 30350; 800-917-2081. For more information about Brookline College programs and locations, please visit www.BrooklineCollege.edu or call (866) 514-3821.
SOURCE Brookline College