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WAUWATOSA, Wisc. (February 11, 2015) – Bryant & Stratton College continues its mission to offer degrees based on industry demand with the introduction of a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program for Wisconsin. The college was granted approval by the Wisconsin Education Approval Board and the Board of Nursing to create the program, which will be offered at its Wauwatosa campus.
Beginning this week, students can enroll for the spring 2016 semester, which begins on May 4. The program’s director says the new offering will help fulfill the demand for registered nurses (RNs) with bachelor’s degrees in southeastern Wisconsin.
“Employment surveys indicate the need for nurses will increase significantly in the next four years due to current workforce retirements,” said Dr. Linda Krueger, Dean of Nursing at Bryant & Stratton College. “Regional employers are focusing their hiring efforts on BSN-prepared nurses to meet their industry’s recommendation to achieve a 20 percent BSN workforce in the near future. Because of this great need, we are proud to offer no waiting lists or petition processes for this program.”
Demand for registered nurses is booming not only locally, but nationally as well. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment is expected to grow 16 percent through 2024, a rate much faster than average. Additionally, U.S. News and World Report listed RNs as the 22nd best job for 2016. Median pay is more than $66,000 a year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
“The BSN program is a great option for newly enrolled college students who would like to earn their bachelor’s degree in two-and-a-half years compared to many traditional college programs of four years,” said Krueger.
Over the course of eight semesters, students will be trained for care in all healthcare settings. To help students hone their skills, the Wauwatosa campus recently unveiled cutting-edge simulation labs that emulate a hospital setting. This new addition rounds out the college’s EmployableYOU® classroom-to-workplace experience in which students gain both the theory and exposure to clinical experience to ready them to pursue various positions in healthcare.
After passing the NCLEX-RN exam, RNs will be prepared to work in direct contact with patients and collaborate with a health care team. Job responsibilities include assisting and caring for others, recording patient medical histories, examining patients to assess general physical condition and analyzing test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
The college also offers a Practical Nursing Diploma, an associate’s degree in Nursing, and an RN to BSN program for current RNs looking to complete their bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit bryantstratton.edu or call the Wauwatosa campus at 414-302-7000.
About Bryant & Stratton College:
Founded in 1854, Bryant & Stratton College has built its reputation and success on a commitment to excellence and high standards. We're proud to be regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Bryant & Stratton College has campus locations in New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as an Online Education division, and a Professional Skills Center. For over 160 years, Bryant & Stratton College has offered students access to career-relevant education leading to bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificates in the fields of business, criminal justice, design, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, human resources, paralegal studies and information technology. General information can be found on the college′s website at https://www.bryantstratton.edu.