Baltimore, Md. – Beginning in fall 2001, the University of Maryland School of Nursing will launch the latest in a series of technology-based educational programs designed to promote professional development and advance career opportunities for nurses. The new RN-BSN On-Line option will put working nurses directly in touch with the requisite coursework, lecture presentations, class discussions and research materials they need to earn a baccalaureate degree without ever leaving home. Among the first exclusively Internet-based programs of its kind, the RN-BSN On-Line option offers flexibility and accessibility for professional nurses seeking to advance their education and enrich their work lives.
"The fast-paced, demanding world in which we live requires us to make learning available anytime, anywhere," said Barbara R. Heller, EdD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing. "This new program will certainly meet that need, particularly for nurses who must balance work and home responsibilities, and those living in geographically remote areas."
School of Nursing faculty will utilize the instructional strategies and innovative applications of content best suited for on-line learning. Students will participate in on-line discussions, view multi-media presentations and lectures, explore course-related Internet sites, collaborate with classmates on group projects and avail themselves of on-line library resources.
According to Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, Director of Professional and Distributive Studies at the School, "Clinical experiences will be coordinated by faculty and will take place in the student's home community."
To enroll in the program, students must have earned 89 prerequisite credits from any regionally accredited college or university, hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing, and be currently licensed as a registered nurse. The last 31 of the 120 credits required to complete the BSN are taken on-line.
To learn more about the RN-BSN On-Line option, call 1-866-NURSE-UM or visit the School's Web site at http://nursing.umaryland.edu .