ATLANTA, July X, 2015 — Argosy University, Atlanta is pleased to announce a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.
Designed for licensed registered nurses (RNs) who have earned either a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing, the university’s new bachelor’s degree program will build upon pre-licensure nursing coursework to help prepare students for professional advancement while meeting the goals articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
According to the AACN, the primary pathway to professional nursing is a bachelor of science in nursing degree, compared to the technical-level practice of an RN. In addition, the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice recommends that at least two-thirds of the basic nurse workforce hold baccalaureate or higher degrees in nursing.
Each nursing course at Argosy University, Atlanta is delivered in a blended format, a combination of online and on-campus experiences. Class is held on campus one day per week to accommodate the busy lives and schedules of working nurses.
The university is partnering with local hospitals and healthcare agencies to establish cohort classes at their locations. This will aid Georgia hospitals looking to fulfill the requirement that 100 percent of their nurses hold at least a bachelor’s degree as a requirement to obtain magnet status. By holding classes at their site, employers are better able to advance the professional development of their employees while ensuring the skills they learn are tailored to the needs of their organization.
“There is a need for bachelor’s degree nursing programs[RF1] [RCS2] to help both nurses and hospitals in the state of Georgia,” said Dr. Dorothy Miller, chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Argosy University, Atlanta. “By preparing our nursing students to exercise leadership and establish care priorities, such as delegating responsibility and making evidence-based decisions, they will be better equipped to meet the emerging needs of various healthcare systems. We’ll be helping employers as well.”