August 2, 2012
Working nurses have a new online option for obtaining advanced degrees.
The New Hampshire Department of Education has approved Southern New Hampshire University to offer online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing.
The university's online nursing programs, developed by doctoral-prepared nursing faculty, feature curricula based on new standards for the 21st-century healthcare industry as defined in the Institute of Medicine report, ''The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.''
The nursing programs were created based on Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation requirements. SNHU is a provisional member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is seeking CCNE accreditation.
“SNHU values the experience and knowledge working nurses already have. Our new online nursing programs are designed to augment their learning and transform their practice, enabling them to advance in their careers through affordable education,” said Kathleen Polley-Payne, nursing department chair.
SNHU’s nursing programs were born out of a groundbreaking partnership formed with the Community College System of New Hampshire to offer a seamless, integrated pathway from an associate degree in nursing through the master’s level. The partnership features dual admission processes, shared curricula development, scholarships and financial aid, as well as shared advising and faculty.
The programs are an affordable, convenient option for registered nurses from all over the U.S. They were designed for the working professional challenged by geographic distance, family responsibilities and increasing financial challenges and feature tuition rates that are among the most affordable in the country.
“This work demonstrates SNHU’s continued commitment to providing high-quality degree programs at low costs to students based upon the needs of the local and national communities,” said Dr. Gregory W. Fowler, vice president of Academic Administration. “Nursing is an area in which we are perfectly situated to use our experience in blending academic excellence with the use of technology to provide nurses with the skills they will need to meet the 2020 goals of the nursing profession.”
Enrollment for the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs will begin in October.
Please contact Chief Nurse Administrator Kathleen Polley-Payne at 603.314.7882 for more information.
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