AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College will launch an online option next fall for its RN to BS degree program, giving nurses with a two-year degree the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in a fully online format.
Daemen’s RN to BS online program, which can be completed in as little as one year and offers a flexible schedule that accommodates part- or full-time study, is designed for registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree. The online format will follow the same rigorous, innovative curriculum as the current hybrid program that incorporates a mix of online and hybrid classes, which include both on-campus and online instruction.
“While we will continue to offer our highly successful hybrid RN to BS program, the online option will help meet the needs of a large population of working nurses who prefer this type of learning format,” said Dr. Cheryl Nosek, chair of the Daemen Nursing Department. “Our goal with the online program is to increase access to the same high quality nursing education that we provide through our hybrid program.”
The online program’s asynchronous format will allow students whether in Western New York or outside the immediate area to pursue their degree while meeting the needs of their professional and personal lives. Courses in leadership, health care policy, and other areas are structured to promote professional growth.
“As a leader in health sciences education, our new online format in nursing will expand the reach of Daemen’s standard of excellence while creating another pathway for RNs to earn their bachelor-level degree,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Online students will greatly benefit from the exceptional course of study and top quality instruction from our talented and dedicated nursing faculty, all in a setting that meets their learning and lifestyle needs.”
Nosek noted New York State legislation effective this year requires new nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure.
“Research shows additional nursing education results in better quality of care and patient outcomes,” she said. “Daemen’s online RN to BS program will offer the future nursing workforce another avenue to advance their education and to meet the increasing demands in health care.”
In addition to the new law, a growing number of health care organizations, including hospitals, are seeking nurses with a bachelor’s degree. Practicing nurses looking to advance their careers or pursue a new position are also finding a higher level of education is required.
“Our courses are relevant for today’s registered nurses and build on their skills, knowledge, and professional experiences that will broaden their career options and best address patient care needs in a range of health care settings,” said Nosek.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
More information on Daemen’s online nursing program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, is available by contacting Dr. Nosek at email@example.com or 839-8387.