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Marian College Partners with St.Vincent Health to Offer Online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program - 3/16/2009

In response to a growing shortage of qualified registered nurses in Indiana, Marian College and St.Vincent Health are collaborating to increase the number of nurses educated in central Indiana. The new program, which will begin admitting students this fall, is the first of its kind in Indiana to incorporate leading-edge online education with traditional clinical preparation.

“Marian College is pleased to join forces with St.Vincent Health in creating this innovative program,” said Daniel J. Elsener, President of Marian College. “St.Vincent and Marian College have a longstanding partnership in nursing education and scholarships. The announcement of the program shows how two Catholic organizations can build a partnership that meets the needs of our community by helping alleviate the crisis in nursing through a blend of tradition and technology.”

This fall, Marian College students will begin classes in an online accelerated BSN program that blends the convenience of online learning with on-site clinical education at St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. Individuals who currently hold a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field will be eligible for the program. Marian College has offered a more traditional, classroom-based accelerated BSN program for several years, and this program will continue to be offered on the Marian College campus.

“Through our affiliation with Marian College, we will aim to provide optimal real-world nursing experiences for students so they can deliver the highest level of care for Indiana patients,” said Darcy Burthay, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. “We will launch the program at our Indianapolis hospital, and hope to develop it at our other facilities across the state in the future. Our goal is for nursing students to have an array of convenient locations to receive their on-site education from our health system’s outstanding clinical staff.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the nursing shortage has severe national implications, with approximately 1 million unfilled nursing positions projected by 2020. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has reported that nursing schools must increase the number of graduates by 90 percent in order to combat this shortage. The collaboration between Marian College and St.Vincent Health was implemented by Indiana-based Orbis Education, a national provider of educational services to the nursing education industry.

Graduates of the new program will earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree and be eligible to sit for the state licensure examination. According to the AACN, hospitals prefer nurses with a bachelor’s degree because facilities with more educated nurses experience lower patient mortality rates, fewer medical errors, and increased job satisfaction.

To learn more about the new program at Marian College, visit the Marian College web site or call 888.682.2761 to speak with a program representative. Admission to the program is contingent upon completion of all necessary prerequisite coursework prior to enrollment in the nursing program. Classes begin in August 2009.