CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 22, 2011 — The first group of students participating in the second degree, accelerated baccalaureate of nursing program graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May.
This baccalaureate option was supported by the Caring for Missourians funding initiated by Gov. Jay Nixon to increase health care providers in the state of Missouri. Nine students graduated and are now joining the workforce in Missouri, according to Dr. Marcia Hobbs, chair of the Department of Nursing.
The program allowed students to complete four semesters in a 16-month period. Students participating came from a variety of backgrounds, including criminal justice, biology, chemistry, business, accounting and dietetics.
“The students brought a wonderful excitement and maturity to the classroom,” Hobbs said. “The intensity of the program was great, but their life experiences prepared them for this level of work.”
The second cohort of second degree, accelerated baccalaureate students have been admitted for this coming fall semester, Hobbs said. They will graduate in December 2012. The continuance of this program is supported by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
Prospective students interested in the third cohort should begin taking prerequisites to be prepared for the January 2013 start date, she said. More information on the program may found on the nursing Web page at the Southeast Missouri State University website, www.semo.edu . Once a student has a baccalaureate degree, the other prerequisite courses are: “Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2, “Chemistry,” “Microbiology,” “Nutrition,” “Development Across the Lifespan” and “Statistics.”