Northern Illinois Colleges, Hospitals Collaborate on New Online Nursing program
The first hybrid online RN nursing program in northern Illinois is in the final stages of implementation, according to Kathleen Johnson, MN, RN, the director of nursing for the innovative program known as the Northern Illinois Online Initiative for Nursing (NIOIN).
Plans call for the first group of 40 students to begin instruction in January, 2009, and finish in June, 2010. Ms. Johnson, cautions, however, that the program cannot accept students until the NIOIN receives final approval from the state Board of Nursing.
The program is the result of a collaboration between Highland Community College, Kishwaukee College, Rock Valley College, Sauk Valley Community College and all eight area hospitals. Northern Illinois University, Rockford College, and OSF St. Anthony College of Nursing will act as completion programs for students desiring a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
Ten carefully selected students from each of the four college districts will be accepted at the respective colleges. All applicants must be Certified Nursing Assistants on the registry in good standing and meet other requirements. All nursing theory courses will be offered online. Students will still have a minimum of two clinical experiences per week in a campus lab or hospital setting. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and be qualified to sit for the national examination to become a registered nurse.
Anyone interested in the program must first attend an information session. For more information about NIOIN and the schedule of sessions, click www.NIOIN.org.
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