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Southern has online Registered Nurse to BSN degree program

Southern University-Baton Rouge (SUBR) School of Nursing and Education Online Services Corporation have launched a fully 100 percent online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program beginning in August.

This announcement comes on the heels of the recent report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last month stating that job growth in the healthcare sector was outpacing the growth realized in 2011, accounting for one out of every five jobs created this year.

The Baccalaureate program at SUBR has been approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

SUBR's School of Nursing was recently named "Nursing School of the Year 2012" for the second time in the past three years by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and Louisiana Nursing Foundation.

"Offering our RN to BSN degree online is the perfect resolution for the growing number of people who have inquired about our program, but because of their schedules, found it difficult to get to the campus," said SUBR's Chancellor James L. Llorens. "We are excited about the easy accessibility we can now provide and what it will mean to the careers of so many nurses."

Ezell Brown, chairman of Education Online Services Corporation, said, "With the Institute of Medicine calling for at least 80 percent of the nursing population to hold a BSN degree by 2020, the announcement of this degree comes at a very good time. Last year, one of the top reasons why nursing schools did not accept qualified students into BSN programs was due to limited classroom space."

Launching the BSN degree program online will not only enable SUBR to increase its student enrollment, "but it will help them extend their student reach beyond their geographical boundaries," Brown continued.

The BSN program encompasses the fundamentals taught in associate degree programs plus a more in-depth study of the physical and social sciences, humanities, nursing research, issues in nursing, community health nursing, and nursing leadership.

In addition, it prepares nurses to actively participate in assessing and developing patient care plans, educating patients on caring for their own health, prepares the new nurse for a broader scope of practice and provides a better understanding of healthcare delivery system issues.

Applications are currently being accepted for the August 20 class start; however, students may enter any semester (summer or fall). Criteria for admission to the school of nursing includes an associate degree in nursing, cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher with a minimum grade of "C" for all prerequisites, must pass the university writing proficiency exam, and provide evidence of a current active unencumbered nursing license.

Federal financial aid is also available to those who qualify. For a complete list of admission requirements and further information on financial aid, please visit Southern University Online at or call Southern University School of Nursing at 866-895-8019 or 225-771-3266.