December 06, 2015
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, more healthcare employers are requiring nurses to have baccalaureate degrees (BSNs). In 2013, 44 percent of hospitals and other health care settings required new nurses to have BSNs, up almost 5 percent since 2012. And 79 percent of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN-prepared graduates.
Fortunately, there is a response to this demand through a new partnership between the Community College System of New Hampshire and the University System of New Hampshire, which makes it easier and far less expensive to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
Known as the "RN to BSN" program, New Hampshire residents who graduate from a NH community college can now pursue a BSN from Plymouth State University or Granite State College for the same cost per credit as New Hampshire Community College tuition.
Joining Susan to discuss this RN to BSN "public pathway" program is Jacquie Poirier, Admissions Counselor for MCC Allied Health Programs, and Lisa McCurley, Director of Nursing at Great Bay Community College.