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Rockford College expanding nursing program for next fall Applications being accepted now

Friday, January 22, 2010  
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For immediate release – 1/22/10
Contact: RC Admission Office, 815-226-4050

An expansion of the nursing program at Rockford College will essentially double the number of students that can be accommodated from 40 to 80, helping to alleviate a severe nursing shortage and providing students with more educational options, college officials said today. 

Previously, the nursing program only admitted a nursing cohort in the spring semester and nursing courses were offered one time per year. With the change, it will now add a second admission point in the fall as well. The move is expected to help ease a critical shortage of nurses in the area, says Dr. Julie Luetschwager, associate professor of nursing and nursing program chair.

"There is an ever-increasing nursing shortage as the nursing workforce ages,” says Luetschwager. "By adding the second admission point, we are acting for the future of the nursing profession by increasing enrollment in our nursing program to meet the need in the years ahead. This is important for the Rockford community and surrounding region.”  

Rockford College’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) is a four year (eight semester) program with a curriculum divided over five semesters or the last 2 ½ years of the four year program. With the addition of the new fall admission point to the nursing program, the college will be able to maximally double the admission of nursing majors to 40 students each fall and spring. 

Prospective students must go through a separate admission process for the nursing program after being accepted for admission to the college. Currently the deadline for application for the program is September 1. With a second admission point in the fall, the program will review applicants in the spring of the year for a fall semester start of nursing courses. Deadline to apply for admission for next fall is May 15.

Nurses with BSN degrees have numerous employment and advanced educational opportunities. Graduates of Rockford College’s nursing program have been hired as staff nurses in acute care and community health, nurse managers and staff developers, and practice occupational, home health, and school nursing among other specialties.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing field will grow at a rate much faster than other careers through 2016, with an increase of 23 percent during that time. Some 587,000 new jobs are expected for registered nurses alone.

"For those with a caring attitude and good aptitude in math and science, nursing could be an excellent career choice,” says Luetschwager.

For more information about the nursing program at Rockford College, contact the admission office at 815-226-4050. Applications for fall are being accepted now. To learn more about the program, see www.rockford.edu/?Nursing.


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