ELKINS - As health care delivery becomes more complex, medical professionals throughout the nation are emphasizing the need for nurses to obtain additional training and education. Davis & Elkins College is answering that call with a new, completely online RN to BSN program.
“Graduates of our own associate degree program have been asking us to launch a program like this for several years,” notes Vice President for Academic Affairs Joe Roidt. “We are very pleased to be able to extend the quality education we have always offered to residential and commuter students to adult, online learners and are exploring other, similar degree-completion programs for adult learners.”
The program, which can be completed in one year, will welcome its first cohort in January with the goal of providing a rewarding educational experience, challenging students to prepare themselves for the demands of the 21st century health care arena, and providing students with a foundation for graduate study.
“We encourage all our students to go beyond the Associate in Science degree,” says Dr. Carol Cochran, chair of the division of nursing. “Having a Bachelor of Science degree makes them more marketable, particularly for management positions, and prepares them to go further in their education.”
According to the Annual Report of the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, there are 21,510 diploma and associate degree nurses licensed in West Virginia. Of those, 1,600 live in Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Harrison, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties. D&E’s online program will be available to students in West Virginia, as well as any registered nurse in the United States.
Designed for working RNs who are adult learners, the RN-BSN Degree Completion Program offers busy professionals a convenient and efficient way to further their education. The program is offered in three, consecutive 16-week rotations. Each rotation is divided into two, eight-week modules that provide between six and seven credits per session.
“Working nurses need a flexible and efficient way to achieve their educational goals,” says Professor of Nursing at Davis & Elkins Threasia Witt. “This online program will allow nurses with either an associate degree or a diploma to complete the baccalaureate degree in 12 months, and the online format allows them to complete their assignments at times that are convenient for them, whether that happens to be noon or midnight. We are excited about this opportunity and have designed our curriculum around the needs of today’s health care environment.”
Among the courses offered are Evidence-Based Practice, in which students will be guided to collect, evaluate and apply research to health care practice; Nursing Leadership and Management, which includes an individualized practicum that provides the student with an opportunity to develop the role of nurse manager in selected health care settings; and Community Nursing, which focuses on providing patient-centered care to the individual, family and community as clients.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.