ODESSA, Texas, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) announced today the launch of a fully online Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program to meet the needs of working registered nurses and address the shortage of BSN-prepared nurses across Texas and beyond.
"Research has shown that nurses with advanced degrees play an essential role in reducing mortality rates and producing better patient outcomes," said Dr. Dorothy Jackson, Associate Professor and Director of the UTPB Nursing Program. "We are very proud to make this credential available to all working nurses in Midland-Odessa and beyond, while keeping our commitment to quality, access and affordability."
Designed specifically for working RNs, UTPB's online RN-to-BSN program blends the science and art of patient care and prepares nurses to become more confident decision-makers and healthcare leaders. The program can be completed in as few as 12 months, enabling students to pursue the advanced professional education required to hold leadership positions and increase earnings potential while balancing work, life and family obligations.
Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), UTPB's RN-to-BSN is one of the most affordable programs in the nation. Enrollment is now open for the first class start date of May 9, 2016. To learn more or apply, please visit http://degree.utpb.edu/Programs/1252/online-rn-to-bsn.
UTPB is working with Academic Partnerships, a leading online service provider for higher education, to cost-effectively deliver its online RN-to-BSN program. To learn about UTPB's broad portfolio of other fully online degree programs, please visit degree.utpb.edu.
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) has been recognized as the least expensive public four-year institution in Texas for all college expenses, including tuition and fees, according to CollegeForAllTexans.com. UTPB also is the first Texas university to offer a $10,000 bachelor's degree in select majors. The university has received national recognition for numerous areas of study, and program accreditations include the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Accreditation Board for Engineers and Technology (ABET), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) accreditation. The university's Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is ranked as one of the top centers in the world. UTPB became a full member of the NCAA Division II in 2008 and will field its first football team in fall of 2016. To learn more, please visit www.utpb.edu.
About Academic Partnerships
Academic Partnerships is a leading online service provider for higher education globally. The company assists universities in converting their on-campus degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students for those programs, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, Academic Partnerships is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through technology-aided learning make higher education more accessible and achievable. The company was founded by a social entrepreneur, Randy Best, who has spent nearly 20 years developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit www.academicpartnerships.com
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