Allen College to Start New Evening and Weekend Nursing Program

December 1, 2011

WATERLOO, Iowa — Allen College chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham has announced that the college is starting a new nursing program aimed at accommodating the needs of working adults. Graduates of the new program will earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and be eligible to take the national examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse. According to Allen School of Nursing dean Dr. Kendra Williams-Perez, all nursing courses for the degree can be completed in 28 months of continuous part-time study. The courses and related clinical study will be offered in the evening and on weekends to accommodate working students who cannot attend college on a full-time basis. In addition, some of the course content will be delivered online in combination with attendance on campus. Allen’s chief academic officer, Dr. Nancy Kramer, noted that most pre-licensure bachelor’s degree programs in nursing do not accommodate part-time students. She believes there are many persons who would like to become nurses but who cannot both work and attend classes on a full-time basis. In addition, Dr. Kramer said, the new part-time program should appeal to adult students who have family obligations that make full-time nursing study difficult or impossible.  

The new program, recently approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, will start in August 2012. Before starting the 56 credit program, students must complete all general education requirements at a regionally accredited college or university. The new program will complement another part-time weekend and evening BSN program that Allen College started this past August for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who want to become registered nurses. According to chancellor Durham, sixteen LPNs are enrolled in this program which can also be completed in 28 months.  He noted that the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  More information about the new program is available by calling 319-226-2000.

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