CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Following last week's approval by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, Northeastern University's Charlotte Campus will start accepting applications today for its new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. The university's prestigious School of Nursing has prepared nurse leaders in practice, education and research for more than 50 years. By bringing the ABSN to the Queen City, Northeastern will help address the ongoing shortage of bachelor's-educated nurses facing health care providers in Charlotte and throughout the region.
The Northeastern ABSN program is specifically designed for professionals with a prior bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field who want to leverage their existing education into a nursing career. The program follows the same rigorous, accredited curriculum as the popular ABSN program at the university's Boston campus. It has been approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and the North Carolina Board of Governors.
"The nationwide nursing shortage is reaching critical levels, and Charlotte is feeling the effects," said Northeastern's regional dean and CEO, Dr. Cheryl Richards. "Since establishing our campus here five years ago, we've always been committed to addressing the needs of the region and the community. Providing a pipeline of well-educated, clinically prepared nurses to our health care partners is certainly at the top of that list."
The 16-month, second-degree nursing program appeals to career-changers looking for a second chance to fulfill their nursing dreams or an opportunity to enter a rewarding profession with an excellent employment outlook. The ABSN program combines online coursework, hands-on experience at Northeastern's high-tech nursing center in Uptown Charlotte and clinical rotations at leading Charlotte health care facilities.
If the state Board of Nursing's latest research is any indication, student demand for the program is likely to be strong. The North Carolina Trends in Nursing Education report, released just this month, notes that 13,936 applicants were qualified to attend pre-licensure nursing education programs in 2014-15, yet only 58% were accepted for admission. Northeastern's ABSN program offers three start dates a year to help serve more of these qualified students.
The Northeastern University ABSN program is now accepting applications for its inaugural class, which is expected to start in September. To learn more, visit OnlineNursing.neu.edu/Charlotte or call 866-891-1490.
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