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Interest in Accelerated BSN Program Continues to Rise

Interest in Accelerated BSN Program Continues to Rise

Business Wire

December 22, 2009

Applications to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at MGH Institute of Health Professions have increased for the second consecutive year.

The number of people who have applied to become a Registered Nurse (RN) at the Boston graduate school rose more than 7% for the class that will begin in May 2010. This follows last year’s applicant pool that increased more than 65% just one year after the 14-month program was launched in May 2008.

“People often view an economic downturn as an opportunity to consider a major career change, and certainly returning to get post-baccalaureate nursing education is a great way to do it,” said Program Director Alexandra Paul-Simon, PhD, RN. “We’re very pleased that so many people hold our program in such high esteem and that we continue to attract talented applicants who are committed to help alleviate the shortage of nurses in the country.”

Between 260,000 and 500,000 new nurses are expected to be needed in the next 15 years to replace a rapidly aging workforce and meet anticipated health care demands as the country’s population lives longer.

Students at the Institute are immersed in clinical rotations just days after beginning their studies, and are taught by premier practitioners to provide students with academic rigor and hands-on learning. Upon graduation, they will have the knowledge and skill preparation that employers increasingly prefer for nurses who provide direct patient care.

College graduates who have earned a Bachelor’s degree in another field can apply to the Accelerated BSN at the MGH Institute. No prior nursing or health care experience is required.

About MGH Institute

The MGH Institute of Health Professions, founded by Massachusetts General Hospital in 1977, is an innovative and independent graduate school that is part of Partners HealthCare. A progressive leader in developing comprehensive models of health care education, the MGH Institute prepares advanced practice professionals in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and medical imaging through a distinctive combination of academic study, clinical practice, and research. More than 900 students are enrolled in graduate level and certificate programs, with an increasing number of courses available online. The Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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