Mount Olive College To Offer RN to BSN Program
MOUNT OLIVE – Beginning January 9, 2012 University of Mount Olive will offer a new program that will give registered nurses the opportunity to earn their bachelor of science degree in nursing.
University of Mount Olive President Philip P. Kerstetter said, “The new RN to BSN program is the next step for University of Mount Olive to serve North Carolina by providing the educational opportunity for registered nurses to complete the bachelor’s degree in their professional field. This new program is an integral part of the University of Mount Olive strategic plan to provide our students a transforming educational experience and to build new connections to our surrounding communities.”
The RN to BSN curriculum is designed to enhance and advance the student’s professional nursing career. Courses will be offered in a modular five-week format combining online and hybrid modes of delivery. The RN to BSN program contains 49 semester credit hours of upper level nursing, technical writing, and health care management courses. The major will be housed in a department of nursing within the School of Arts and Sciences at University of Mount Olive.
David Hines, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, said, “This program fits beautifully with the mission of University of Mount Olive to serve our students, our founding church, and our communities. Through this program practicing nurses will enhance their professional skills which, in turn, will enable them to provide a higher level of services to their communities. Yes, this is a win for the College, but more importantly, this is a win for our communities.”
University of Mount Olive is no stranger to providing for the educational needs of nursing professionals. In 2005 University of Mount Olive partnered with The Watts School of Nursing in Durham to offer an associate of science degree in nursing. Over the past six years, more than 250 professional registered nurses have graduated from this partnership. The latest announcement of the RN to BSN program is one more way University of Mount Olive is creating an academic environment that is accessible, flexible and user friendly for nursing professionals.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.