Concordia University Responds to Nursing Shortage with Fast-Track BSN Program by Christina Morgan | Mar 6, 2017 | BSN , News , Texas | 0 comments In the midst of a nationwide nursing shortage, Central Texas is feeling the demand for BSN-educated nurses. The Austin Chamber of Commerce reported in January that there are more than 1,600 local job openings for nurse educator online jobs registered nurses. To meet the demand for registered nurses, Concordia University is offering a new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to help graduate nurses into the field at a faster pace. Concordia’s regular BSN program requires two academic years to complete, including a summer off in between. Students who begin the fast-track program in August will take their coursework online, complete the same clinical hours, and skip the summer semester off. Working faster and harder, fast-track students will graduate a semester earlier and be employable a semester earlier. Ideal candidates for the fast-track program are those who already hold degrees and want to change careers, or students who have already completed some of the prerequisites. The first cohort of students will be a group of 18-25, then Concordia will accept a new group of students each semester following. Nursing is a valuable and practical career option right now, even for adults looking to change careers, because it offers a job right out of school. But unfortunately, many local community colleges and universities turn students away from their nursing programs because they don’t have the capacity to teach larger classes of students.
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