Department of Nursing Accepting Applications for Second Degree Accelerated BSN Option

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 10, 2009 – The Department of Nursing at Southeast Missouri State University is accepting applications for a second degree accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) option.

The new accelerated BSN option is being offered as a component of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Caring for Missourians initiative, a new effort to train more than 900 additional Missouri students to enter high-demand, critical-need health care fields.

Under the program, which was established by the legislature as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 budget, the state will provide an additional $40 million next year to help Missouri’s two- and four-year public colleges and universities increase the capacity of their health care training programs, in fields such as primary care, nursing, pharmacology and dentistry.

The first cohort in the accelerated BSN option at Southeast will begin their nursing courses in January, said Dr. Marcie Hobbs, chair of Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Nursing.

“The Department of Nursing has discussed this possibility for many years and is now situated at the right time and place to use the state’s allocation for an accelerated option,” she said.

The new option is subject to approval by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, with the proposal scheduled to be delivered to the Board next week, Hobbs said.

Eligible students must hold a prior baccalaureate degree and have completed all nursing prerequisites before January. Prerequisites include college courses in human anatomy, human physiology, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, developmental psychology and statistics.

“We hope that getting the word out now will help students to enroll in these prerequisite courses over the summer and fall terms,” she said. 

Applications may be accessed via the University’s homepage at www.semo.edu under the Department of Nursing.

Meeting the region’s needs for baccalaureate and master’s degree prepared nurses continues to be a mission for Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Nursing. 

“I’m excited about being able to offer additional opportunities to those with prior degrees to be able to move more quickly into the professional nursing workforce,” said Dr. Ann Sprengel, chair of the committee that reviews applications to the BSN program. 

In addition to increasing enrollment in the Department of Nursing’s baccalaureate program, the family nurse practitioner option on its master of science in nursing degree program also will open six additional spaces for fall 2009 admission. For more information on the family nurse practitioner option on the master of science in nursing degree program at Southeast, contact Dr. Elaine Jackson, professor of nursing, at (573) 986 6413.

Southeast’s Department of Nursing recently has celebrated a series of successes, including a 100 percent pass rate on the national licensure exam among its December 2008 BSN graduates, a 100 percent pass rate among its family nurse practitioner graduates, festivities honoring 50 years of nursing education and a continued fund-raising campaign to mark the occasion, and conversion of the delivery of its RN to BSN program to a fully online program.