Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) has launched a new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree program. Designed for those who welcome intensive study and want to finish their degree in a shorter time, the program already has two student cohorts. The next one will begin in May 2013.
Olivet’s ABSN degree program is a rigorous, full-time, 16-month (four semesters) program especially designed for those who want to complete a nursing degree or already have a degree in another field. Students receive a professional foundation that integrates nursing theory with skills required for a nursing practice. The structure of the program combines personalized, interactive coursework online with lab work in the classroom at the SGCS location in Oak Brook, Ill., and clinical experience in Chicago-area healthcare facilities. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Professor Tiffany Greer has been instrumental in writing courses for the curriculum and is now having the opportunity to teach those courses. “Students are responding well to the audio PowerPoints, with voiceover technology, that our professors are using,” she said. “Our professors are intentional about monitoring each student’s progress and reaching out to them.”
Shahid Popatia first heard about the program when he was working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). “Two nurses I worked with were Olivet graduates and were highly regarded on the floor,” he said. “That piqued my interest in Olivet.”
Since entering the program, Popatia has been impressed by his professors and the interaction with the other students in his cohort. “I’m the only male in our group, and I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “We are collaborating on challenges and respect one another as esteemed colleagues.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projection 2010-2020, Registered Nurse is the top job growth occupation for the next seven years. Nationally, the nursing shortage is predicted to grow to 26 percent by 2020.
“This is an exciting time to consider nursing as a career choice,” said Linda Davison, R.N., Ed.D., chair of Olivet’s Department of Nursing. “The need for nurses continues to grow, and we are proud to offer a leading edge option for students to complete a nursing degree.”
Olivet’s Department of Nursing offers two nursing degree programs. The bachelor’s program includes three tracks: the traditional undergraduate BSN, the accelerated BSN and the RN to BSN degree completion. The master’s program includes the Master of Science in Nursing with tracks in Education, Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner.
“This program is definitely worth pursuing for anyone who is committed to and passionate about nursing,” Popatia said. “The beauty of nursing — and the Olivet ABSN program — is that together as colleagues, we collaborate, consider different solutions and solve problems.”
For admission requirements and information about application and enrollment, call 888-810-7833 or go to olivetnursing.com.